NEW YORK: With its grand entry kicked off via a run through the streets of Manhattan, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport made its world debut in New York on the eve of the show’s first press day.
In addition to being the fastest, most agile and most responsive Land Rover in the history of the company, this latest iteration uses the same aluminum-intensive construction found on the just-introduced full-size Range Rover. That transition helps pare some 800 pounds off of its curb weight compared to the current Sport model.
Scaled to slip between the Range Rover and the Evoque, the new Range Rover Sport features an exterior design that intermixes elements from both of its kin with unique, individual cues to create a genuinely contemporary look that still remains true to the brand’s go-anywhere heritage, while endowing it with greater aerodynamic efficiency.
A more steeply raked windshield, angled grille, LED-infused lighting front and rear, bolder wheel arches and a cleaner overall integration of all body bits – including new underbody fairings – help it move smartly into the future further bolstered by an equally significant 7.0-inch wheelbase stretch.
The Range Rover Sport can be had with either a 340 hp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 or the 510 hp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with stop/start tech and an 8-speed automatic, all shared with the larger Range Rover. In a sign that the Sport has become more of a crossover, the Sport will come with either a single-speed Torsen differential or an optional two-speed transfer case with low range.
A new Terrain Response system and height-adjustable suspension are available, although none of the press photos show the new model doing anything more than crossover-grade snow driving. It truly has become a rival for the BMW X5 and the Porsche Cayenne.
Expect the new Range Rover Sport to hit UAE, Saudi and other GCC showrooms by early next year.