The decision to call the car the ‘sport’ was possibly a little stretching of the imagination by Land Rover as the Range Rover Sport is unlikely to be the car of choice for those who like to take on a B road more likely to be in favour with the school run, or by premiership footballers.
The revised models, due for release in 2010 will see the subtle yet effective changes to the car which has delightfully enraged many a Greenpeace activist. There’s now new petrol and diesel engines (shared with the new Discovery 4, XF and XJ), a thoroughly revised interior, along with a more contemporary exterior to match the look of the recently facelifted Range Rover proper.
The New Land Rover Range Rover Sport will see fairly inconspicuous changes to the exterior of the car taking on much of the look of the Range Rover proper with similar front grille, side vents and indicators. The lights are now LEDs front and rear, with a smoked-effect finish at the back and a subtle circle of daytime running lights on the nose. There’s also a new front bumper, new exhausts, and although the tweaks sound fairly restrained, they all combine to make the 2010 Range Sport look lower and sleeker.
In terms of technology Land Rover claim the new Range Rover Sport is more intelligent. This has been backed up by the off-road technology, which includes air suspension, a low-ratio ‘box, hill descent control and Land Rover’s Terrain Response dial that lets you tweak all the electronic controls depending on which terrain tickles your fancy. What’s more, unlike the Land Rover Defender there are no levers – instead you press a button or twist a dial and the Range Sport will clamber up, over or through pretty much any landscape you put in front of it.
The starting price for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is £50,695 and is sure to get many an A-Lister and Lady of Leisure putting their hand in their pocket.
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