Source: Press releases (2), pics (4), and video after the jump.
Land Rover Reveals 2014 Range Rover Sport At The New York Auto Show
2014 US Models and MSRP4:
- Range Rover Sport SE: $63,495 3-Liter Supercharged V6 340hp
- Range Rover Sport HSE: $68,495 3-Liter Supercharged V6 340hp
- Range Rover Sport Supercharged: $79,995 5-Liter Supercharged V8 510hp
- Range Rover Sport Autobiography: $93,295 5-Liter Supercharged V8 510hp
At A Glance:
- Fastest, most-agile, and responsive Land Rover ever
- All-new high strength aluminum structure provides a weight savings of approximately 800lbs. over the previous generation Range Rover Sport
- Superbly crafted, luxurious interior
- Exceptional on-road dynamics and all-terrain performance provides an unrivalled breadth of capability
- Improved agility and performance with better fuel economy and reduced emissions
- New 5+2 third row seating option for occasional use
- Choice of 340hp supercharged V6 or a 510hp supercharged V8 engines
- Standard eight speed automatic transmission by ZF
- Choice of transfer cases - single speed Torsen or two-speed locking with low range
- Standard Intelligent Stop/Start technology to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions
- Available new fully automatic Terrain Response® 2 system
Developed alongside the 2013 Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport delivers exceptional on-road dynamics with genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability. The Range Rover Sport features an all-new high strength aluminum unibody architecture to achieve a weight savings of approximately 800lbs. This weight reduction transforms the vehicle's dynamic performance, enabling it to blend agile handling with exceptional comfort and to offer a unique mix of sporting luxury and a dynamic, engaging driving experience.(Note to editor: The previous generation vehicle featured an "Integrated body-frame," which was composed of a steel unibody mounted on a full frame chassis).
The 2014 Range Rover Sport is just 191-inches long, shorter than many mid-sized sedans, and is just 2.5-inches longer than its predecessor. A wheelbase that's longer by 7-inches yields greater room and improved access for rear passengers. For comparison, it is 5.9-inches shorter, 2.17-inches lower, and weighs about 100lbs. less than the new 2013 Range Rover on which it is based.
Spacious interior with versatility of 5+2 third row seating for occasional use
The interior is crafted using the highest quality materials. The focus on quality and traditional craftsmanship can be seen in the beautifully tailored twin-needle stitching used to finish the sumptuous leather seats and leather-wrapped interior surfaces. Range Rover designers specify all aspects of the stitching, from the length and direction of the stitches, to the spin, thickness, and material of the thread, and even the size and shape of the needle.
Interior packaging was optimized around a 7-inch (178mm) longer wheelbase, creating a spacious rear cabin with .9-inches (24mm) more knee room, while occupants also benefit from a wider cabin with increased shoulder and elbow room. Increased rear seat comfort is provided by improved rear legroom (nearly an additional inch of knee room) and shoulder-room. For additional versatility, neatly integrated third row seats can be optioned, and provide "5+2" third row seats designed for occasional use. The third row seats include power operation. When folded, the third row seats leave a flat floor.
Engineered for total capability
The body has been engineered to withstand the same punishing off-road use as all Land Rover vehicles. The joints in the shell are riveted and bonded together using aerospace techniques adapted for automotive use.
The all-new Range Rover Sport has been engineered to meet and exceed the most stringent global safety standards. The body structure protects occupants using an incredibly strong and stable safety cell, which is complemented by a comprehensive system of airbags and restraints. The occupant safety package includes driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and thorax airbags (including an extended curtain airbag which covers passengers occupying the third row seats), and active front seat belts linked to the vehicle's emergency braking functions. It was developed in parallel with the new Range Rover, which was awarded a maximum five-star safety rating by the independent European testing organization, Euro NCAP.
The new Range Rover Sport features enhanced body geometry to handle all terrain conditions, with 2.3-inches more ground clearance than the previous model at 11.2-inches (measured at off-road ride height), and generous approach and departure angles. Wading depth has been improved significantly - an increase of nearly 6-inches over the previous model to 33.5-inches.
The chassis has been engineered to deliver dramatically improved on-road driving dynamics, with connected and agile handling complemented by enhanced ride and refinement. Underpinning the enhanced driving capability of the new Range Rover Sport is a new fully independent aluminum suspension that is double isolated, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and a multi-link layout at the rear. The system delivers impressive wheel travel - with 10.2-inches (260mm) of front travel, 10.7-inches (272mm) at the rear.
Intuitive control and display technologies
The control layout has been significantly simplified, with 50 percent fewer switches than before. The main instrument cluster consists of clear analog gauges with a 5-inch TFT display, while on certain high specification models; a new 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT virtual gauge display is available. This is accompanied by an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen display on the center console for infotainment and secondary functions1.
Terrain Response® 2 and off-road technologies
The Range Rover Sport vehicle enhances its status through the introduction of the next-generation version of Land Rover's Terrain Response® system3. Developed by a small team of Land Rover specialists, Terrain Response® 2 features an Auto setting that uses sophisticated systems to analyze the current driving conditions, and automatically select the most suitable terrain program. The new system is able to switch completely automatically between the five settings: General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl. Like previous Terrain Response® systems, each setting optimizes drivability and traction by adapting the responses of the engine, transmission, differentials, and chassis systems to match the demands of the terrain.
Land Rover Terrain Response® is complemented by standard innovative driving aids3 including Hill Descent Control (HDC), Gradient Release Control (GRC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), and Roll Stability Control (RSC).
A two-speed transfer case system is available, with a low-range for the most demanding off-road conditions, and features a 50:50 percent default front to rear torque split. The transfer case offers selectable high and low range with shift-on-the-fly capability at speeds up to 37 mph (60km/h).
The standard system, which is 40lbs. lighter, features an all-new single-speed transfer case with a Torsen® differential. Its 42:58 percent default front to rear torque split is designed to provide a rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics, while maintaining off-road performance capability.
Range Rover Sport powertrain
The all-new Range Rover Sport features a choice between a new 340hp 3-liter supercharged V6 engine and a formidable 510hp 5-liter supercharged V8 from the Range Rover Supercharged. The substantial weight saving of about 800lbs., courtesy of the aluminum platform, has helped to deliver both better performance and gains in fuel economy. Both Range Rover Sport engines are paired with the advanced electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox. A new standard Intelligent Stop/Start system can also reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions in stop and go driving.
The 510hp 5-liter V8 supercharged engine offers a 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds2 (0.9 seconds faster than the previous model). The 340hp supercharged V6 Range Rover Sport is quicker than the previous model with its 375hp 5-liter V8, achieving the dash from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds2, a reduction of 0.3 seconds.
The new Range Rover Sport has been engineered with a powerful braking system, featuring (on the supercharged 5-liter) six-piston lightweight Brembo front calipers for enhanced performance. The generous disc diameters of 14.96-inches (380mm) front /14.32-inches (365mm) rear (or 13.8-inches / 350mm front / 13.8-inches / 350mm rear on V6 models, and those fitted with 19-inch wheels), provide huge thermal capacity, capable of achieving outstanding stopping performance.
With go anywhere capability and a towing capacity of over 7,700lbs., the Range Rover Sport offers the versatility for the most adventurous personal and family outings.
Meridian Audio Systems
Three branded Meridian™ audio systems are available, ranging up to the stunning 1700W** Signature Reference system which has 23 speakers including a subwoofer to offer the ultimate surround sound experience. Meridian is a British manufacturer of premium home audio systems.(** Power ratings are at a practically audio distortion free level of 0.2% THD + N [Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise]).
All data based on manufacturer's estimates
*Lightest 'weight from' figure on previous Range Rover Sport 2535kg; lightest 'weight from' figure on all-new Range Rover Sport is 2022kg.
1 Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Do not operate, adjust or view the navigation or multimedia systems under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so
2Always follow local speed limits
3These systems are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these systems will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult the owner's manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details
4 Price shown is MSRP. Includes destination. Excludes, tax, title, license, retailer fees and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicles availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover retailer for details
About Land Rover
Land Rover, the British maker of Land Rover and Range Rover sport utility vehicles, is renowned for providing its' clientele with some of the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world. Every Land Rover product is equally at home both on and off road, and in any setting; be it in the heart of the city, or traversing the countryside. Today's Land Rover lineup includes the legendary Defender, LR2 (Freelander 2), LR4 (Discovery 4), Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque. Land Rover designs, engineers, and manufactures their vehicles in the United Kingdom. Land Rover is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information visit the official Land Rover website at http://www.landroverusa.com.
About Jaguar Land Rover
• Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest automotive manufacturing business built around two iconic British car brands with a rich heritage and powerful consumer appeal and loyalty. Additionally, Jaguar Land Rover is at the centre of the UK automotive industry's drive to deliver technical innovation in all areas of vehicle development.
• As the UK's largest automotive employer, JLR has a world class team of nearly 25,000 people.
• In the 2011/12 fiscal year, JLR achieved record profits of £1.5 billion, an increase of £392m when compared to the previous year.
• Jaguar Land Rover is the largest investor in automotive R&D and engineering in the UK.
• Jaguar Land Rover has two state of the art engineering and design facilities and three advanced manufacturing plants in the UK.
• Headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey in the United States, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has offices across the USA and Canada and is represented by more than 330 retail outlets.
All-New Range Rover Sport Revealed
- New, modern interpretation of Range Rover Sport completes three-model Range Rover portfolio
- Transformational on-road dynamics with world's best all-terrain performance gives unrivalled breadth of capability
- Impeccable composure and refinement delivering exceptional ride comfort
- Superbly crafted, luxurious and more flexible interior with new 5+2 seating option
- Weight saving of up to 420kg*, like for like TDV6 engine, brings agility and exceptional performance, with 15 percent CO2 reduction and greatly improved fuel economy
- Features Range Rover premium chassis and lightweight aluminium architecture
- Customer-focused technology package debuting Land Rover's 'connected car' suite of technologies
Developed alongside the highly-acclaimed all-new Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport now delivers the brand's best-ever on-road dynamics together with class-leading, genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability. The new, technology-packed, Range Rover Sport, presents customers with a more assertive and muscular exterior, more luxurious interior and the flexibility provided by the option of occasional 5+2 seating.
Exploiting Land Rover's breakthrough lightweight suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the Sport's all-new, first-in-class aluminium architecture achieves a weight saving of up to 420kg*. This transforms the vehicle's dynamic performance, enabling it to blend agile handling with exceptional comfort, offering a unique mix of sporting luxury and a dynamic, connected driving experience, along with CO2 emissions reduced to 194g/km.
Speaking ahead of the official world premiere at the New York International Auto Show, Land Rover Global Brand Director John Edwards said: "The all-new Range Rover Sport is a vehicle that has been designed and engineered without compromise. With Land Rover capability at its heart, it is one of the most road focussed vehicles we've ever produced, but of course still offers unsurpassed all-terrain capability. It is a vehicle which is designed to be driven. We've taken ride, handling and agility to another level for Land Rover to deliver a truly rewarding, sporting, drive together with unmatched luxury, capability and versatility.
"Building on the success of the recently launched flagship Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport also employs a vast array of new technologies which help to transform its performance, refinement and all round capabilities," adds Edwards.
Design: assertive, powerful and muscular
The dynamic new Range Rover Sport has a bold and progressive exterior design that is assertive, powerful and muscular, hinting at the improved driving performance, and positioning the vehicle clearly between the Range Rover and the Evoque through a clear, shared design DNA.
Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: "The new Range Rover Sport is the ultimate luxury SUV. A new Range Rover Sport for a new era. Relevant, sustainable and utterly desirable. Alongside the all-new Range Rover, and the Range Rover Evoque, the new Range Rover Sport represents the third distinct product in Land Rover's product revolution. Firmly establishing it as a powerhouse British brand, with exceptional Design at its core."
With a fresh interpretation of the previous model's distinctive design, the new vehicle has a sleek and contemporary appearance combined with enhanced use of space. The new Sport is just 62mm longer than its predecessor, yet at 4850mm, it is shorter than other 7-seater SUVs and most E segment sedans, bringing greater manoeuvrability and ease of parking. However, a significantly longer wheelbase (increased by 178mm) provides greater room and improved access for rear passengers.
Shorter overhangs at the front and rear, plus additional width (+55mm) give the new vehicle a more modern stance.
With its 'faster' windscreen angle, streamlined and rounded profile and lower, dynamic sloping roofline, the new Range Rover Sport is 8 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing vehicle (Cd 0.34). The new Sport is 149mm shorter and 55mm lower than the all-new Range Rover on which it is based and model-for-model weighs 45kg less.
While it was developed alongside the Range Rover and shares some commonality with its sister vehicle, the all-new Range Rover Sport benefits from 75 percent unique parts, a significant number of which directly influence the way the new Sport looks and feels.
To maximise personalisation, customers will be offered a choice of wheel designs ranging through 19-, 20-, 21- and 22-inches in diameter including the iconic "Viper's Nest" wheel design, now available for the first time across all Range Rover models.
Capability: the broadest range of abilities in an SUV
The new Range Rover Sport has been engineered to deliver dramatically improved on-road driving dynamics, with more connected and agile handling complemented by enhanced ride and refinement. The lightweight aluminium suspension is fully-independent, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.
Wheel-travel is class-leading (260mm front and 272mm rear) and provides exceptional wheel articulation of 546mm to deal with the toughest conditions. Maximum ground clearance is increased to 278mm (+51mm) and the upgraded air suspension system automatically varies between two ride heights, while the next generation ground-breaking Terrain Response® 2 system automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme.
Fifth generation air suspension provides up to 115mm of regular movement, from the lowest setting 'access height' (now 10mm lower at 50mm for easier entry and exit) to the standard off-road height. An automatic extension, triggered by sensors, and a manually-selected extension, both raise the Sport by 35mm, giving a total movement range of 185mm.
The re-engineered air suspension system with its new +35mm intermediate setting means that the off-road mode can remain available at much higher speeds (80km/h up from 50km/h) than was possible before, which is valuable in terrain with long, rutted dirt roads.
All-new, the electric power steering is characterised by a lighter, more direct steering feel. A choice of two full-time 4WD systems will be offered. One system provides a two-speed transfer case with low-range option, for the most demanding off-road conditions with a front-rear 50/50 percent default torque split, and 100 percent locking capability.
The alternative system is 18kg lighter and features a single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential, which automatically distributes torque to the axle with most grip, working together with the traction control systems to deliver excellent traction in all conditions. The default front-rear torque split of 42/58 percent is designed to provide a rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics.
Powertrains: four engine choices from launch, with new Hybrid to follow
At launch, all-new Range Rover Sport customers will have a choice of four engines - two supercharged petrol engines (5.0-litre 510PS V8 and the new 3.0-litre 340PS V6) and two diesel engines (3.0-litre 258PS TDV6 and 292PS SDV6). The powertrain line-up will be expanded later in this year by the addition of a high performance 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8 diesel version. In addition, an innovative, high-efficiency diesel Hybrid model will be available to order later this year for delivery in 2014.
Across the range, acceleration times for the 0-60mph dash start from sub-5.0 seconds, while fuel consumption is cut by up to 24 percent - depending on model - and CO2 emissions start as low as 194g/km. All petrol and diesel engines in the new Range Rover Sport are paired with the advanced electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The weight reduction measures on the new Range Rover Sport open up the future possibility for the fitment of a smaller, lighter power plant, such as a four cylinder engine. A model which could have an overall weight of less than 2000kg, a reduction of over 500kg* from the previous lightest model.
Sustainability: first in class with lightweight aluminium construction The all-new Range Rover Sport is the first vehicle in its segment to feature an advanced all-aluminium body structure, which not only contributes to outstanding agility and driving dynamics, but also delivers significantly reduced weight and enhanced sustainability.
Engineered in parallel with the highly-acclaimed new Range Rover, the new model's lightweight aluminium body structure employs a combination of pressed panels, plus cast, extruded and rolled aluminium alloy parts, so the strength is concentrated precisely where the loads are greatest. The vehicle's platform is 39 percent lighter than the previous model's.
In 2014, the new Sport's improvement in efficiency will be raised to a new level with the introduction of an ultra-efficient diesel Hybrid achieving CO2 emissions of 169g/km.
All models across the range are fitted with an advanced intelligent Stop/Start system which improves fuel consumption by up to 7 percent.
Interior: modern and luxurious with a strong sporting character
The new Sport provides an interior with distinctive Range Rover Sport design cues, superior detailing and craftsmanship.
A design benchmark in its segment, the Sport interior offers a unique blend of style and understated luxury with strong, elegant lines, top quality materials and an extra dash of sporting character. Strong, architectural forms within the interior have been enhanced by a cleaner, purer surface treatment, beautifully executed with more luxurious soft-touch surfaces in key touch points around the cabin.
The sporting ambience of the interior is also reflected in the smaller diameter, thicker steering wheel, vertical gear shifter, higher centre console, configurable mood lighting and more generous seat bolsters. The Sports Command Driving Position (CDP) combines the supreme sense of confidence and control offered by the Range Rover, with a more sporting seating position similar to the Evoque.
Interior packaging is optimised to create a more spacious rear cabin with 24mm more knee room, while occupants also benefit from the wider cabin. New, neatly integrated third row, occasional 5+2 seating can be specified. These powered seats leave a flat floor with no loss of boot space and are split 50/50.
Technology: customer-focused vehicle and safety features
The new Range Rover Sport has been developed as the ultimate 'no compromise' vehicle that will fit perfectly into its customers' lifestyles. It has been engineered to incorporate the latest developments in customer-focused vehicle and safety technologies to enhance comfort, confidence and safety behind the wheel.
New or enhanced chassis technologies for the new Sport include Adaptive Dynamics featuring continuously variable dampers (CVD), and on more powerful models, a dedicated Dynamic mode in the Terrain Response® 2 system for enthusiastic on-road driving. This system is combined with twin-channel Dynamic Response active lean control, a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential, and Torque Vectoring by Braking, which transfers torque to the outside wheels during cornering, reducing understeer.
The new Range Rover Sport offers a comprehensive connectivity package enabling customers to stay seamlessly connected to their vehicle, business and family lives.'Connected car' technology allows the driver to check the status of the vehicle via an App installed on their smartphone and also provides support features such as Stolen Vehicle Tracking, Emergency Call and Land Rover Assist Call. Finally, a high bandwidth Wi-Fi Hotspot can be installed in the vehicle so that passengers can use the internet and get the best data connection for their smartphones or tablets.
A new, optional colour Head-Up Display presents key vehicle and navigation data without the driver needing to look away from the road, using laser technology for superior clarity and contrast.
The new model introduces a digital camera system which supports three driver assistance features that help deliver improved driver awareness: Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam Assist. Another unique innovation on the Sport is the new Wade Sensing™ feature that provides 'depth' information when driving through water, made even more beneficial to the driver now that the Sport's maximum wading depth has increased by 150mm over the previous model to 850mm.
The all-new Range Rover Sport, with its greatly enhanced versatility, is destined to continue the outstanding success of its predecessor, which quickly became one of Land Rover's most popular models following its introduction in 2005, with sales exceeding 380,000 units to date.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centres in the UK, the new model will be produced in a state-of-the-art low-energy manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK.
On sale during the third quarter of 2013, the new Range Rover Sport will ultimately be introduced in 169 markets worldwide. Most markets will offer customers a choice of four equipment levels (S, SE, HSE and Autobiography), plus new 'Dynamic' versions of the HSE and Autobiography. An extensive choice of colours, finishes and details will enable customers to create the ultimate bespoke SUV.