By on May 10, 2022

This is the third-generation Range Rover Sport, a model at which some traditionalists originally sneered but which has done much for the fortunes (and sales volume) of the British brand. Offering all the RR swagger in a tidy package, this thing has been a darling in the moneyed set for nearly two decades.

The newest one, unveiled earlier today across the pond, will be offered with a variety of powertrains including – you guessed it – an all-electric model in the next couple of years.

One will not mistake this machine for anything other than a Range Rover, given its lighting signatures and whiff of British haughtiness. Uninterrupted LED light graphics are said to introduce surface LED technology to a production vehicle for the first time, though that may be splitting hairs given the illumination tricks baked into some other machines on the market today. The RRS differentiates itself from the big-daddy Range Rover around back, as it always has, with a set of horizontal tail lamps compared to the ultra-slim vertical slivers now serving as rear peepers on the bigger brother.

Under the hood, customers in North America can select from an electric hybrid, one of two six-cylinder gasoline-powered engines featuring mild hybrid technology, or a V8 twin-turbo. Guess which one we’d pick. In 2024, the Range Rover Sport lineup will evolve to include a fully electric model, though it isn’t immediately clear if any of those dino-fueled mills will drop off the options sheet to make way for the electron eater.

The electric hybrid will be badged the P440e and permit drivers to motor almost 50 miles on electricity only. It pairs Land Rover’s 3.0-liter, six-cylinder Ingenium engine with a 105kW electric motor and 31.8 kWh battery, good for a total system output of 434 horsepower. That burly V8 can produce 523 horses and should scoot to 60 mph from rest in less than 4.5 seconds. Less is being said about the mild hybrids, leading us to believe they may vanish in short order.

While the RRS is likely to spend its life on pavement, owners expect the thing to have a good dose of off-road chops. Look for the likes of low-speed adaptive off-road cruise control, an automatic terrain response system, and intelligent all-wheel drive. There are also active twin-valve dampers, air suspension, and available all-wheel steering which can kick the back tires out by as much as 7.3 degrees. Inside, one will find typically luxurious Range Rover trappings. Screens abound, wireless connectivity bounces around the cabin, and a so-called ‘reductive design approach’ which sounds great but really just means the interior isn’t a busy mess of buttons and baseboards.

The snazzy new Range Rover Sport will be exclusively produced at the Solihull Manufacturing Facility alongside its bigger Range Rover brother. Order books are open now with pricing in the States starting just over $80,000.

[Images: Land Rover]

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7 Comments on “New Range Rover Sport Unveiled, UK Footballers Rejoice...”


  • avatar
    redapple

    $80k isn’t too bad I m thinking.

    Nice looking and all.

    Why is it, except for the RR and RRS, the other land rover products look like poor examples of modern retro Land Rovers. I dont like any of those.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    The Land Rover line up is very strong. I think they can do more with the Velar and next Discovery. This is impressive, but how come the same company struggles to sort out Jaguar?

    • 0 avatar
      CoastieLenn

      Because other than racing history that mostly died in the 80’s and was fading in the 70’s, Jaguar has never had a reputation for anything that actually sold cars. I would hedge a bet that many people that purchased them since then, wanted something more expensive but couldn’t afford it, but still wanted something to show their neighbors Jeff and Lydia that their new Mercedes purchase now has some “competition” on the block.

  • avatar
    zipper69

    Not a fan of the “slit-eye” front end, although it seems to be de rigeur for high end products these days.

    The Range Rover was originally intended for the land owning countryman that MIGHT need to go off road to check something on his land holdings but also want to take the lady of the house into town for the ballet.
    Instead it’s become loaded down with the offroad capabilities of the Land Rover which it will rarely, if ever need, rather a shame.

  • avatar
    CoastieLenn

    Unpopular opinion time! Land Rover is completely lost. Take this lead photo. A (probably) computer generated picture showing this school parking lot status symbol throwing up some dirty water, signaling the Range Rover’s heritage of off-road royalty. Now, look at the rest of the photos of this thing. Huge rear overhang, delicate exhaust finishers, curvy and soft bumpers, 22+” wheels, sport oriented highway tires, very light colored leather on every surface that will ACTUALLY get dirty, and some flashy off road tech buttons that will likely never be pressed unless by a reviewing organization.

    The LR3 was Land Rover’s last real off-roader (if you don’t count the death of their solid axle architecture as it’s actual death), and the LR4 signaled the end that the Range Rover has worked so hard to ensure happens, and the Velar said “I’ll help, too dad!”.

    Land Rover and Honda are the biggest offenders when it comes to sales based off no-longer-applicable reputations.

  • avatar

    So LR also goes upscale?

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    “New Range Rover Sport Unveiled, Range Rover Dealer Service Techs Rejoice”

    FTFY

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