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UPDATE: The original press release stated that the new Range Rover Sport would only be landing in Q4 2019. Jaguar-Land Rover Australia has since clarified that the updated model will be arriving in Q4 2018 instead.
Venerated British marque Range Rover has updated its Sport for the 2019 model year, and they’re announcing it well ahead of time. The new Range Rover Sport lineup is set to begin from $99,728 for the Sport S with the 221kW Ingenium petrol mill, and rise spectacularly from there.
“The latest enhancements to the Range Rover Sport build on its credentials as THE luxury performance SUV. With a more efficient powertrain lineup, improved safety technology and state-of-the-art lighting features, this is a vehicle that demands to be drive.” — Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar-Land Rover
One of the biggest updates is in the powertrain options, with the 2.0-litre SD4 diesel mill being retired, with a larger 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo SDV6 mill taking its place. An additional 100Nm (and 6kW) await those who opt for the V6, which also shaves .4-seconds off the century sprint time (now just 7.9-seconds). And that’s before we start waxing lyrical about the smooth, civilised nature of the new engine itself.
With the new SDV6, Range Rover Sport customers now have the option of three diesel mills, the plug-in hybrid P400e (with 51km pure-electric zero-emissions range per full charge), as well as the monstrous 5.0-litre supercharged V8. Spoilt for choice, for sure.
The Range Rover Sport also packs new technology for 2020. The new Range Rover Sport offers things like Adaptive Cruise with Stop & Go. So equipped, the Range Rover Sport will be capable of maintaining a set speed from the vehicle in front of it on the motorway, and also come to a complete stop if necessary. Further, the car will set off if it’s been stationary for less than 3-seconds, though a quick prod of the ‘Resume’ button on the steering wheel will see the car move forwards if it’s stopped for longer than that.
You can also spec on Steering Assist to complement the active cruise function. With that, the Range Rover Sport will be able to maintain its trajectory, assisting the driver in keeping in the middle of the lane. This greatly reduces strain, particularly in long-haul journeys.
High-speed autonomous emergency braking is available with either Adaptive Cruise Control packages, which is capable of avoiding collisions or minimising the impact. The 2019 Range Rover Sport is available to order today, but according to their communique, won’t be available until Q4 2018.