For decades the British SUV manufacturer Land Rover has been regarded as the pinnacle of luxury off-roading. Now, once again with the introduction of the newest iteration of its famed Range Rover Sport model, the company has cemented its place in the hearts of the enthusiasts for the time to come. The all-new third-generation Range Rover Sport boasts a sleeker and sophisticated design language with tons of technological upgrades and a host of drivetrain options.
Thierry Bollore, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover on the launch of the 2022 Range Rover Sport said, “The exceptional New Range Rover Sport sets new standards as the ultimate sporting luxury SUV, building on seventeen years of unique customer appeal. It is the latest embodiment of our vision to create the world’s most desirable modern luxury vehicles, effortlessly blending new levels of sustainability with the signature qualities that have made Range Rover Sport so popular.”
In terms of the exterior redesign, the 2022 RR Sport features the distinct Range Rover profile along with taut surfaces and a dynamic stance. Land Rover has done an excellent job of accentuating the SUV’s design with stealth-like detailing and muscular proportions.
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The SUV’s front end features a sleek blacked-out grille and the slimmest ever Digital LED lighting modules installed on a Land Rover. The one-of-a-kind LED headlamps also include the distinctive Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The front end design is completed with a sculpted, double-aperture lower bumper with a horizontal bisecting body-colour feature emphasised by black accents. Meanwhile, on the sides, the 2022 RR Sport gets a steeply raked glazing and some soft body lines that extend from the front to all the way in the back. This time around the model also gets flush door handles.
The rear of the SUV also gets a complete revamp and now sports a much softer and cleaner appearance. A sculpted tailgate with a full-width Range Rover insignia, elegantly slim LED tail lamps and dual rectangular exhaust tips with gloss black rear diffuser round up the rear exterior look of the 2022 RR Sport.
Moving on to the interior, the all-new model comes laden with typical Range Rover’s requisite choice of materials and ample of technological advancements. Like every other Range Rover, the driver gets a high and commanding driving position. Land Rover claims that the 2022 RR Sport now uses innovative and sustainable materials like tactile and lightweight Ultrafabrics™ premium textiles finished in attractive new dual-tone colourways.
In terms of creature comforts, the new SUV also does not disappoint. The RR Sport now gets 22-way adjustable, heated and ventilated electric memory front seats with massage function and winged headrests. It also comes with a 31mm increase in legroom and 20mm greater knee clearance, for greater comfort and support for the rear passengers. A cabin air purification system, Meridian Signature Sound System with 29 speakers, a new subwoofer and up to 1,430W of amplifier power – including four headrest speakers also comes in the new SUV. The vehicle also gets active noise cancellation and a 13.1-inch curved touchscreen complemented by a 13.7-inch Interactive Driver Display. Additionally, the model also offers Amazon Alexa along with Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Wireless Android Auto™ as standard.
Meanwhile, the all-new Range Rover Sport’s dynamic performance and superior refinement are aided by the most recent safety-focused Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). All the variants of the model will come with emergency braking, a 3D surround camera with front and rear parking sensors, wade sensing, ClearSight Ground View7, and manoeuvring lights, as well as cruise control, driver condition monitor, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition.
As for the drivetrain options, the 2022 Range Rover Sport is offered with two 3-litre inline six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with mild-hybrid technology, available in several tunes. Following these there is an option of a 3-litre plug-in hybrid, that comes in two variants – the first is P440e which produces 440PS of power meanwhile the other is the P510e which produces 510PS. The inline six-cylinder engine comes assisted by an electric motor.
The 38.2kWh battery allows for a 0-100kmph time of 5.4 seconds and an electric driving range of up to 113 kilometres. Lastly, a BMW-sourced 4.4-litre V8 with 530 horsepower and a 0-100kmph time of 4.3 seconds is available for the power junkies. All-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic gearbox are standard. In addition, a 100% electric vehicle is planned for release in 2024.