The Range Rover Sport’s lineup matches that of the new Range Rover which has just gone on sale. The range includes two plug-in hybrids and a range-topping twin-turbocharged V-8 as well as cheaper diesel and gasoline models.
The Range Rover Sport’s retail price has been increased as JLR as it pushes upmarket to boost profitability. The SUV will start at 79,125 pounds ($97,553) in its UK home market, a rise of 22 percent from 64,760 pounds for the entry-level version of the current model.
The starting price is significantly above rivals such as the BMW X6, which begins from 65,740 pounds in the UK, and the Audi Q8, which costs from 68,955 pounds. The price increase is larger than that of the Range Rover, which is 13 percent more expansive than the previous generation, reflecting the greater luxury ambitions that Jaguar Land Rover has for the Range Rover.
The third-generation Range Rover Sport is underpinned by JLR's new MLA-Flex (modular longitudinal architecture) platform designed to accommodate full-electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid drivetrains.
Land Rover said the switch to the new platform meant the car was 35 percent stiffer than the outgoing model, helping to make it feel more dynamic on the road.
The SUV’s design is an evolution of the current generation with short overhangs, slim headlights and clamshell hood.
The new model tidies up the surface detailing with hidden door handles, flush-fitting windows and a laser-welded roof that Land Rover says gives a more precise look.