Dynamically adapt new Range Rover Sport

Going on sale from October, the model that fills the gap between the full-size Range Rover and the Velar joins the former by being based on the new MLA-Flex platform Land Rover claims is both stiffer and more rigid than before.

Designed from the onset to accommodate an electrified powertrain, of which a wholly battery powered example will become available in 2024, the Sport boasts not only the latest version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system, but depending on the trim level, adjustable air suspension springs, a 48-volt Active Roll Control system and an electronic active differential.

As well as Active Torque Vectoring, Active Roll Control and All-Wheel Steering, the Sport is lower and shorter than its predecessor, but still offers up a ground clearance of 281 mm and wading depth of 900 mm.

For South Africa, the expansive line-up spans ten models, four engine options and five trim levels, with all being the recipient of the new 13.1-inch Pivi Pro infotainment system, the toggle switch operated eight-speed automatic gearbox and the 13.7-inch digital instrument cluster.

Sporting frontal styling from the full-size Range Rover and a rear facia seemingly inspired by that of the Nissan Z, the Sport range kicks-off with the Dynamic S, whose list of standard items comprise a wireless smartphone charger, LED headlights, grained leather seats, 20-inch alloy wheels and a surround-view camera system.

Upping the ante, the Dynamic SE receives perforated Windsor leather, Pixel LED headlights and 21-inch alloys, while the next step-up Dynamic HSE swaps the latter for 22-inch wheels, the headlights for Digital LEDs and the upholstery for semi-aniline leather.

Next up is the Autobiography, which gets a panoramic sunroof and dark satin grey 22-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels, headed by the SV Bespoke, whose itinerary includes ambient lighting and illuminated treadplates.

Capping the range off is the limited-run First Edition that comes as standard with 23-inch alloy wheels, perforated semi-aniline leather, forged satin chrome carbon inserts and First Edition branded illuminated treadplates.

On the motivation front, petrol power comes courtesy of two engines; the Jaguar-Land Rover developed 3.0-litre Ingenium straight-six that pumps out 294kW/550Nm in the P400, and the BMW-sourced 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that replaces the Ford-made 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with outputs of 390kW/750Nm in the P530.

On diesel front, only one variant of the 3.0-litre Ingenium straight-six has been selected, the D350 that outputs 257kW/700Nm. Like its petrol siblings, the oil-burner omits the 48-volt mild-hybrid system European models feature as standard.

Completing the range is the P510e, which combines the straight-six petrol with a 38.2-kWh battery powering a 105 kW electric motor. The replacement for the P400e, the setup produces a combined 375kW/700Nm and allows for an all-electric range of 113 km.