Range Rover Sport makes incredible debut, complete with PHEV variant
Land Rover on Tuesday unveiled the latest 2023 Range Rover Sport, complete with a BMW-derived 4.4-liter V8 engine and two distinct Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) variants with a claimed electric-only running distance of around 113 kms. And while the latest Range Rover Sport claims to have some seriously impressive specifications, it also gets some very catchy design cues in a bid to do justice to its name. The base variant is priced at $84,350 (approximately ₹65 lakh) while the top variant is at around $122,000 (approximately ₹94 lakh).
The 2023 Range Rover Sport may be an SUV and while it imbibes the essential visual cues of the Range Rover, it gets a more appealing face, side and rear. So while it does offer flush door handles that we have previously seen in Land Rover models, the Range Rover Sport boasts of a distinct front and rear fascia. Additionally, the DRLs on this particular model is the slimmest-ever on any Land Rover vehicle. Then there is the claim of an SUV that is impressively aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.29. The rear profile, apart from the unique fascia itself, gets LED tail lights with a a full-width feature bearing the Range Rover script on the trunk.
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Step in and the Range Rover Sport claims to offer more space to passengers and a mile-long list of features that include 22-way adjustable massage seats, 1,430 W, 29-speaker Meridian sound system, air purification system, a 13.7 inch digital instrument cluster and a 13.1 inch curved Pivo Pro main touchscreen.
The Range Rover Sport is based on the MLA-Flex platform which means that it is also ready for electric-only power. In fact, the company has confirmed an electric Range Rover Sport come 2024. For now though, the SUV is powered by two mild-hybrid turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engines. There is 355 hp for the taking and torque of 500 Nm. But factor in the mild hybrid system at work and the power and torque figures rise to 395 hp and 550 Nm, respectively.
All eyes though would also be on the P440e Autobiography model of the Range Rover Sport which has a plug-in hybrid with the turbo 3.0-liter motor under the hood. Power output is at an awe-inspiring 434 hp and there is scrumptious 839 Nm of torque. It comes packed with a 105-kilowatt electric motor and 31.8-kilowatt-hour battery.
And then there's the P530 First Edition which gets the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 mentioned right at the start of this report. This is good enough for 523 hp and 750 Nm of torque.
All of these models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission system and boasts of being all-wheel drive.
To be manufactured at the Land Rover facility in the UK, the order book for the Range Rover Sport has been opened for customers in select markets. There is no word yet on if and when the model will come to Indian shores.