Many fans are eagerly awaiting the introduction of a hybrid version of the new Range Rover Sport after a confirmation was made last September by a Land Rover representative in Frankfurt.
Stuart Frith, Land Rover's Chief Programme Engineer for Range Rover Sport, said that the more environment-friendly Range Rover Sport will utilize a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain.
In addition, the model will be available with a SDV8 diesel with 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). It will be offered with a 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine later on. It’s believed that the Ranger Rover Sport Hybrid will make use of an evolution of the technology used on the 2011 Range_e plug-in hybrid.
This older model was powered with a 3.0-liter TDV6 diesel with 242 bhp (180 kW) mated to a 93 bhp (69 kW) electric motor that produces a combined output of 334 bhp (249 kW). In addition, it featured a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a 14.2 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Land Rover had said that the concept offered a range of 20 miles (32 km) solely on electric power. Land Rover also claimed that it has a total range of 690 miles (1,112 km). It is capable of returning 85 mpg UK (71 mpg US or 3.3 liters / 100 km) and emits 89 g/km of CO2.
The new Range Rover Sport lives up to the reputation of the Range Rover in terms of technology, design, and power. Measured at 4,850 mm, the Range Rover Sport, though longer than its predecessor by 62mm, is still slightly shorter than most E-segment sedans and 7-seater SUVs. But what this does is it provides the Range Rover Sport more room for maneuverabilty. Its shorter frame also makes the Range Rover Sport less of a parking challenge.
Range Rover Sport makes up for its deficiency in length by having a bigger legroom and better rear passenger access. This is made possible by the Range Rover Sport’s wheelbase which has been increased by 178 mm. The new Sport exudes power and a strong character even from its exterior appearance, with lights made slimmer, a grille made to slope rearward, corners more sculpted, a roofline that slopes, and front end made even more contemporary.
The result is a Range Rover Sport that retains the Range Rover DNA but also possesses a sporting identity that is smooth, elegant, and truly its own. Thus, the Range Rover was able to achieve this by introducing in the new Sport fresh and progressive representation of known strengths of the Range Rover, like the rocker mouldings that are distinguishable, wheel arch graphics that are athletic and in line with the Sport’s strong character, and body feature lines that are horizontal.