2014 Range Rover Sport gets its online configurator

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 8, 2013

The 2014 Range Rover Sport is set to go on sale late this summer. Price from $63,495, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is a sport utility vehicle that uses Jaguar’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine with an output of 340hp and 332 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a single-speed transfer case.

There’s already a configurator on the automaker’s website for those who are interested in its specs. The V-6 models are offered in base SE or mid-level HSE trim, which has a starting price of $68,495. Buyers can choose to install a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine with an output of 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque on the Supercharged (priced at $79,995) or on the Autobiography (with a price tag of $93,295) models. The leather seats are standard equipment. Those who opt for the SE trim priced at $2100 will get front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and a heated windshield.

Other features in this package are the foglamps and adaptive Xenon headlights with automatic high beams. Buyers can also ask to upgrade their standard front heated seats to heated/cooled seats and add rear heated seats for $1980. Those who want four heated/cooled seats (with individual HVAC zones) will only need to pay $3545. Another option available is the Meridian sound system. Those who get the SE, HSE, and Supercharged models can choose to get the 19-speaker, 825-watt sound system for $1950.

This is the same system used on models such as the Jaguar XF and XJ, and the Range Rover Evoque. This stereo is standard equipment on Autobiography models. Buyers may want to get another option: a 23 speaker, 1700-watt system that is priced at $6300 on Supercharged and $4450 on Autobiography models. Additional options include a two-speed transfer case (which costs $1300 on V-6 models), a third-row seat (which is priced at $2000 for only the seats or $3100 for seats with an extra zone for the automatic climate control.

The Range Rover Sport’s starting price of $63,495 for a base SE model is quite more expensive than the base models of its rivals like the BMW X5 Premium (priced at $56,095) and Porsche Cayenne ($53,575). Notably, the $79,995 Supercharged model is a lot more affordable than its German competition. The X5 M has a starting price of $89,745 while the Porsche Cayenne Turbo costs an astounding $111,375.

Exterior Design

The new Range Rover Sport’s proportions definitely say something about its capability. Compared to new Range Rover from which it is derived, the Sport is around 149mm shorter, 55mm lower and 45kg lighter. Compared to its predecessor, the new Sport is longer by 62mm at 4850mm. It is, however, shorter than other seven-seater SUVs and most E segment sedans, which make it easy to maneuver and park.

Despite that, the new Range Rover Sport offers more space and even better access for rear occupants, thanks to a wheelbase that has been extended by 178mm. Even at a glimpse, the Range Rover Sport is definitely a member of the Range Rover family, thanks to its distinctive and progressive exterior design.

It reinterprets the strong design genes of its predecessor, allowing it to boast of a modern and sleek appearance as accentuated by its sloping roofline. Newly interpreted Range Rover Sport design cues include its floating roof, side fender vents and signature clamshell bonnet as well as a dynamic wheel arch graphic, characteristic rocker moldings and horizontal body feature lines.

While its front end still dons the powerful Range Rover Sport character, it now features a more contemporary and streamlined appearance, with its slimmer lights, rearward sloping grille and more sculpted corners. According to Gerry McGovern, new Range Rover Sport also reinterprets the ‘S’ in SUV by exuding a sporting and imposing presence on the road.

Its low center of gravity ensures its dynamic stance while conveying its level of sportiness, as visually augmented by its high belt line, characteristic silhouette and short overhangs. In addition, the Range Rover Sport is gifted with stunning design details that highlight its contemporary and dynamic nature, including sloping side fender vents and the matching twin vents on the bonnet.

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