The refreshed and slightly redesigned 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is almost yet again here with us. The Internet recently has been abuzz with reports of a new prototype undergoing test drives in Europe. When asked of the new model, Land Rover doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to rubbish off the claims, which furthers our assumption that indeed a new model is in the works. Read our rendering below for an in-depth analysis of just what the new Range Rover may offer. Its release date and price details are also covered.
Akin to the model it is replacing, the new model is expected to have an available seven-passenger seating capacity, a powerful supercharged V8, a composed ride quality, plenty of creature comforts, and a decent off-road capability. The result is an all-rounded vehicle that manages to balance form and function with versatility.
Well Balanced Vehicle
Not many vehicles in its class can boast about the strengths the Range Rover Sport offers without making some huge concessions. That would normally cancel off with the strengths. With the Range Rover Sport, everything seems to be perfectly intertwined to work in a synergy. Here’s a vehicle that can traverse any terrain including muddy, rutted trails. Again, there’s the powerful, more extreme Range Rover Sport SVR model that uses the same engine as Jaguar’s own F-Type SVR.
Jaguar’s Base Engine
If the rumors are true, the stuffing the engine into Land Rover’s SVR will lead to a power output of 550 horsepower and 502 lbs. ft. of torque. That’s a detuned version of Jaguar’s SVR which generates a whopping 567 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. With that power in its veins, the new 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR will be able to run from 0-60 mph in just under 4.0 seconds according to some reports. Pairing of the mill will be done with the ZF eight-speed automatic and a 4WD system. Rivals for the Sport SVR will include the BMW X5 M, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S model.
Small Updates On The Exterior?
Spy photos going round reveal that the new model will come with subtle changes on its exterior cues, with the “significant” ones being on the headlight, grille, and bumper designs. Changes around back are almost negligible, at least judging from the test mule. The interior changes are hard to notice considering the amount of camouflage that makes even the exterior unnoticeable to the untrained eye. We however, don’t expect much changes to be done on the interior this time round.
Well, the Range Rover Sport isn’t the only vehicle in this profitable segment. Others that rival its very establishment include the Porsche Cayenne – for buyers who’d rather have a range of options and broad selection of engines to choose from, the BMW X5 – for folks who fancy on-track driving than off-roading, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Class – for excellent fuel savings thanks to an available diesel engine option.
Too Early For The Release Date Or A Price?
It is too early to speculate about both its price and release date, however, rumors in some industry quarters allege the new model’s lack of significant changes won’t stretch the existing price tag much. The 2018 Range Rover Sport price starts from $73,500. Its release date should be expected sometime in the fall of 2018.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Exterior
As already mentioned previously, the new model isn’t expected to feature many exterior changes over the previous model’s design. Minor mechanical modifications are expected however including marginally bigger air intakes, a new front bumper, and small visual changes.
The Range Rover SVR exterior too doesn’t seem drastic, or at least from what is visible to us. Both the lower fascia and the front grille appear similar to that of the existing model. The same storyline continues around back.
Subtle Interior Changes?
When it comes to the interior, you can expect some several aesthetic upgrades over the previous model. some of the standard accessories you should expect include front and rear parking sensors, an eight-speaker sound system, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, 14-way power front seats, ambient interior lighting, and a navigation system. More will be offered on its release date.
As of this writing, there are six trims available: Supercharged Dynamic, 3.0L Supercharged SE, 3.0l V6 Supercharged HSE, 5.0L V8 Supercharged, Autobiography, and 5.0L V8 Supercharged SVR. The numbers connote the engine’s displacement. The HST Limited Edition review is offered separately.
Several engines are available: a gasoline 3.0L V6 engine good for 340 hp and 332 pounds-feet of torque; a turbo-diesel 3.0L engine good for 254 horsepower ad 440 lbs. ft. of torque, a 5.0L V8 able to churn out 510 hp and 461 pounds-feet of torque; and a 567-horsepower – generating SVR trim model.
The government is yet to compile the government crash testing reports for the new model, even so, we expect a perfect score of five out of five stars for overall frontal ad total-side impact safety protection if the existing model is anything to go by.
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