Range Rover Sport adds technology, power with sleeker 2023 makeover

The third-generation Land Rover Range Rover Sport arrives this fall riding on a new platform, sporting a host of high-tech advances and carrying a huge price increase.

But unlike the flagship Range Rover, the 2023 Sport will start at much less than $100,000.

Jaguar Land Rover plans to launch four Range Rover Sport models. The base P360 SE has a 355-hp turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine coupled with a mild-hybrid system and starts at $84,350, up from $70,850 for the 2022 base model. Both prices include shipping.

Two other six-cylinder models are on the menu: the P400 SE mild hybrid with 395 hp and the P440e plug-in hybrid with 434 hp.

The top model is the P530 First Edition, which is powered by a 4.4-liter, 523-hp, BMW-built twin-turbo V-8. All models come with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

The redesigned Sport is about the same size as the outgoing model and is underpinned by the same MLA-Flex architecture that is used under the redesigned 2023 Range Rover. MLA-Flex features a mixed-metal approach to use the strongest, lightest metals in order to reduce weight.

To improve fuel economy and refinement, the Land Rover design team focused on reducing aerodynamic drag. Land Rover says the drag coefficient for the Range Rover Sport is 0.29, which is low for a high-riding SUV. The Sport features flush door handles and neatly integrated headlights.

It also shares more than its drivetrains with the bigger Range Rover. It has the same four-wheel steering and all-wheel-drive systems, a first for the Sport model.

The limited First Edition model, which will be in production for a year, will offer a package called Dynamic Response Pro, a 48-volt electronic roll-control system that helps keep the body from leaning in aggressive cornering. The package features adjustable air springs.

The interior features a high-resolution 13.1-inch curved touch screen in the center of the dash for the infotainment system and a 13.7-inch driver display.

Land Rover plans to add a battery-electric version of the Sport in 2024. Last year, the Range Rover Sport was Land Rover’s highest-volume vehicle in North America. U.S. sales were estimated at 22,090.

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