At Land Rover, the Range Rover is not a simple model, it is a family made up of 4 members: the Evoque, the Velar, the Range Rover and the Range sport. The head of this family is the Range Rover, of which you were able to discover the fifth and new generation on Caradisiac. Today, the British manufacturer lifts the veil on the Range Sport: its shorter, sportier but also more accessible version. Appearing in 2005, this extension of the Range has enabled the manufacturer to break into strategic markets such as the United States. The Range Sport has since become the main rival of the Porsche Cayenne across the Atlantic.
This third generation takes up the base, technologies and engines of its big brother. It is thus based on a brand new modular platform called MLA (Modular Longitudinal Architecture). The latter, made up mostly of aluminum, is capable of receiving a wide range of engines including two rechargeable hybrid blocks and a 100% electric engine which will arrive from 2024.
On the contrary, the template is less imposing. Displaying 10 cm less under the height gauge
(4.94 m), the Range Sport stands out above all for its more sloping roof line. The floating roof and the high waistline thus give the impression of joining on the rear part. A rear part which also undergoes a very different treatment since the Range Sport does not adopt the vertical lights of its big brother but two refined optics connected by a black lacquered headband.
For the rest, the Range Sport incorporates all the design elements of the big brother such as the refined HD lights at the front (capable of illuminating more than 500 meters and simultaneously masking 16 objects (vehicles, pedestrians, etc.), the huge 23″ wheels, the flush door handles or even the body creases that run the length of the vehicle. During the official presentation, Land Rover exhibited its model dressed in a brand new vermilion red color. color in the test phase which will be marketed if the feedback is good,” the manufacturer explained to us.
On board, the Briton takes over the brand new layout of the Range. Namely a sleek dashboard composed of digital instrumentation and a large 13 ” central screen in a floating position equipped with a 5G connection and a multitude of connected services including a personal assistant (Alexa). The occupants will travel in a luxury setting because the smallest element has undergone special treatment. Leather, real wood and even ceramic are installed on the most upscale versions. Like all manufacturers today, Land Rover is emphasizing the “circular economy”. Thus the leather, the carpets and the textile of the Loudspeakers are made from recycled plastic materials.
The main difference from the Range Rover concerns the driving position. Land Rover has therefore lowered the seats and raised the dashboard by a few millimeters to offer a more “sporty” drive. We also note the arrival of specific colors for the interior, such as two-tone leather upholstery on the R version. The Range Sport will be offered exclusively in a 5-seater version. In this regard, the rear passengers will travel in a truly exceptional level of comfort combining noble materials and technology. However, the legroom is a bit disappointing given the wheelbase close to 3 meters.
Land Rover has also pushed its Range Spot up a step in terms of on-board technology. Among the most high-tech equipment is an acoustic reducer which, via loudspeakers placed in the headrests, sends an inverse frequency to cancel parasitic noise at high speed such as that of the air or wheels on the road, or even a nanoparticle air purifier that filters allergens and viruses including Covid-19.
The new platform is the nerve center of the car, as it is able to support electrified mechanics, offer a high level of comfort, a more “sporty” handling and increased rigidity for off-road practice. which remains the DNA of the brand.
Land Rover has therefore put in all the best currently available ground connections to guarantee extreme versatility for its model: electronic multi-link suspensions, Bilstein pneumatic shock absorbers with 5 levels of adjustment, rear steering wheels, control active electronic roll (48 v) without forgetting an all-wheel drive. The whole is managed by the Terrain Response 2 system, that of the latest Defender, which automatically adapts traction, body height and differential locks according to the mode selected. Land Rover promises driving comfort never achieved at the wheel of one of its productions.
To animate the juggernaut, Land Rover has selected a wide choice of engines. In France, the “entry-level” versions are entrusted to the good care of 6-cylinder diesel (D250, D300 and D350) micro-hybrid. Impossible for the British to miss out on the plug-in hybrid technology which allows it to escape the ecological penalty, with the heart of the range the P440e version which combines a 3-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, for a power of 440 ch. Powered by a 32.8 kWh battery, it is capable of traveling almost 100 km and can even be recharged with direct current up to 50 kW. The P510e version uses the same combination, with power increased to 510 horsepower.
At the top of the range we find the musical V8 Supercharged, very popular in the North American and Asian markets. Its power climbs to 530 hp and the torque to 750 Nm. The behemoth (2,585 kg) here reaches 100 km/h in 4.6 s! All are associated with an 8-speed automatic transmission and have all-wheel drive.
The third generation Range Rover will be available for delivery in France from September for a starting price of €94,100, an inflation of €20,000 compared to the current generation! It will be necessary to add to this, the ecological penalty (for certain engines) and as well as the new tax on the weight which it, concerns all the versions.
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