In Land Rover, Range Rover is not a simple model, it is a family of 4 members: Evoque, Velar, Range Rover and Range sport. The head of this family is Range Rover, which managed to discover the fifth and new generation in Karadisiak. Today, the British manufacturer is lifting the veil on the Range Sport: its shorter, sportier version but also its more accessible version. This extension of the group appeared in 2005, and has enabled the manufacturer to break into strategic markets such as the United States. The Range Sport has since become the main competitor to the Porsche Cayenne across the Atlantic.
This third generation takes the base, technologies and engines of the Big Brother. It is therefore based on a completely new modular platform called MLA (Modular Longitudinal Architecture). The latter, made mostly of aluminum, is capable of receiving a wide range of engines including two hybrid rechargeable blocks and a 100% electric motor that will arrive from 2024.
On the contrary, the model is less imposing. 10cm less width below the height gauge
(4.94 m), the Range Sport is distinguished above all by its steeper roof line. Thus, the floating ceiling and high waistline give the impression of joining the back. The rear which is also subject to a completely different treatment since the Range Sport does not adopt the headlights of its older brother, but two redundant optics connected to a black painted headband.
For the rest, the Range Sport includes all the design elements of its big brother such as the high-resolution HD lights in the front (capable of illuminating over 500m and hiding 16 elements at the same time (vehicles, pedestrians, etc), massive 23″ wheels or flush door handles Or even the creases of the body that run the length of the car. During the official presentation, Land Rover showed its model wearing an all-new crimson red. The color is in the testing phase which will be commercialized if the feedback is good,” the manufacturer explained to us.
On board, the Briton takes over the all-new design of the range. It is a stylish dashboard consisting of digital devices and a large central screen of 13 inches in floating mode and equipped with 5G connectivity and many connected services including personal assistant (Alexa). Passengers will be traveling in luxury because the smallest item has been given special treatment. Leather, real wood, and even ceramic are installed on the most high-end versions. Like all manufacturers today, Land Rover emphasizes the “circular economy”. Thus the leather, carpet and textiles for the speakers are made from recycled plastics.
The main difference from Range Rover is related to the driving position. So Land Rover lowered the seats and raised the dashboard by a few millimeters to deliver a more “sporty” ride. We also note the arrival of specific interior colours, such as the two-tone leather upholstery in the R version. The Range Sport will be offered exclusively in the five-seater version. In this regard, the rear passengers will travel in a truly exceptional level of comfort combining noble materials and technology. However, legroom is a bit disappointing given the wheelbase is close to 3m.
Land Rover has also pushed its Range Spot a step closer in terms of onboard technology. Among the high-tech equipment is an acoustic reducer that sends through speakers placed in headrests an inverse frequency to cancel out parasitic noises at high speed such as air or wheels on the road, or even a nanoparticle air purifier that filters out allergens and viruses including Covid- 19.
The new platform is the nerve center of the car, as it is able to support the electrified mechanics, provides a high level of comfort, more “sporty” handling and increased rigidity for off-road practice, which remains the essence of the brand.
Therefore, Land Rover has developed the best ground links currently available to ensure a great versatility in its model: electronic multi-link suspension, Bilstein pneumatic shock absorbers with 5 levels of tuning, rear steering wheels and electronic active roll control (48V) without forgetting all-wheel drive. . All is managed by Terrain Response 2, a state-of-the-art Defender system that automatically adapts traction, body height and differential locks according to the selected mode. Land Rover promises driving comfort never achieved at the wheel of one of its products.
To move the juggernaut, Land Rover has chosen a wide range of engines. In France, the “entry” versions were tasked with taking good care of the small hybrid six-cylinder diesel (D250, D300 and D350). It’s impossible for the British to miss the plug-in hybrid technology that allows them to escape environmental punishment, with the heart of the range the P440e version that combines a 3-liter six-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, powering 440C. Powered by a 32.8 kWh battery, it is capable of traveling approximately 100 km and can be recharged with a direct current of up to 50 kW. The P510e version uses the same kit, with power increased to 510 hp.
At the top of the range we find the music V8 Supercharged, very popular in the North American and Asian markets. Its power rises to 530 hp and torque to 750 Nm, and the giant (2585 kgf) here reaches 100 km / h in 4.6 seconds! They are all mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and have all-wheel drive.
The third generation Range Rover will be available for delivery in France from September with a starting price of 94,100 euros, an inflation of 20,000 euros compared to the current generation! It will be necessary to add to this the environmental penalty (for certain engines) as well as the new tax on weight that is specific to all versions.