Range Rover Sport launches in NY
Land Rover launched its redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport today at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
Land Rover launched its redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport yesterday at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The new vehicle has a stronger, more dynamic look than its predecessor.
The wheelbase has been increased to improve rear passenger space but thanks to the prodigious use of aluminum in its construction, it is still over 400kg lighter than the outgoing model, meaning that on-road handling is greatly improved.
To ensure the car lives up to its Sport moniker, the Range Rover has fully independent double wishbone suspension for better handling, road-holding and grip, all of which are needed to keep its 5.0-litre, 510PS, supercharged V8 engine in check (a 3.0-litre 292PS SDV6 diesel engine is also available).
Inside, the Range Rover Sport feels more luxurious than the old model. The cabin is packed with technological features but buttons and switches and other visual clutter are kept to a minimum.
Some of the more surprising interior features include configurable mood lighting and two extra ‘occasional seats’ beyond the standard five that fold flat into the floor when not in use.
The new model introduces an external digital camera system which aids with maneuvering the car both around parking lots and up mountains but also supports autonomous driving features including monitoring and maintaining lane discipline and automatically reading and recognizing road signs.
The car can be specified with a head up display that projects relevant information on the windshield so that the driver need not take his or her eyes off the road and, as is now customary with new vehicles, the Range Rover Sport has its own app that owners can use to remotely check the car’s status, verify its location, track it if stolen or call emergency assistance.
Land Rover is yet to confirm pricing or delivery dates for the Range RoverSport, but prices are expected to start at £50,000 (about US$75,000) for the diesel model.