After few leaked photos, the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport made its debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show. In terms of design, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is inspired by the smaller Evoque and it is more sophisticated and sporty than before. Moreover, the new Sport also has much more in common with the 2013 Range Rover than the old model as it shared most of its primary suspension and transmission key components.
Comparing it with the old model, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is 62 mm longer (149 mm shorter than the flagship Range Rover), while its wheelbase is 178 mm longer. As expected, the new Sport is also much lighter than the outgoing version. Land Rover engineers claim a saving of around half a tonne over the previous model. Still, this is calculated by comparing the latest V6 with the previous diesel V8, which offers similar performance.
Still, comparing it with the old V6, the new Sport is 420 kg lighter. Aerodynamics were also improved and the drag coefficient is now 0.34. At launch, the 2014 Range Rover Sport will be offered with a choice of two egines: a 3.0-liter SDV6 delivering 258 hp and the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 delivering 510 hp.
Later this year, the 2013 Range Rover Sport will receive a 4.4-liter SDV8 engine delivering 339 hp and a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 delivering 340 hp. 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.
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. 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.
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 2014 Range Rover Sport will go on sale in the third quarter of 2013 and most markets will customers a choice of four equipment levels (S, SE, HSE and Autobiography), plus new 'Dynamic' versions of the HSE and Autobiography.