NEW RANGE ROVER SPORT | DESIGN
The All-New Range Rover Sport has been designed to capture the distinctive DNA of its predecessor, but with a bold evolution which has placed it firmly at the heart of the marque’s striking new three-model portfolio between the Range Rover and the Evoque.
Range Rover Sport occupies a unique position within its segment, and the new model builds on those core strengths with a design which confirms its status as the definitive premium Sports SUV. With its ‘faster’ windscreen angle, streamlined profile and sloping roofline, the new Sport is 8 percent more aerodynamic than the previous model and achieves a drag figure of Cd 0.34.
While it was developed alongside the Range Rover and shares some commonality with its sister vehicle, the All-New Range Rover Sport benefits from 75 percent unique parts, a significant number of which directly influence the way the new Sport looks and feels.
“The new Range Rover Sport is the ultimate luxury SUV. A new Range Rover Sport for a new era. Relevant, sustainable and utterly desirable. Alongside the all new Range Rover, and the Range Rover Evoque, the new Range Rover Sport represents the third distinct product in Land Rover’s product revolution. Firmly establishing it as a powerhouse British brand, with exceptional Design at its core,” said Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern.
Bold and progressive exterior design
The dynamic new Range Rover Sport has a bold and progressive exterior design which positions the vehicle confidently within the latest Range Rover line-up. With a fresh interpretation of the current model’s strong design DNA, the new vehicle has a sleek and contemporary appearance, with its sloping roofline offering a distinctive sporting character.
The new Sport is just 62mm longer than its predecessor, yet at 4850mm, it is shorter than other 7-seater SUVs and most E segment sedans, bringing greater manoeuvrability and ease of parking. However, a significantly longer wheelbase (increased by 178mm) provides greater room and improved access for rear passengers. The new Sport is 149mm shorter and 55mm lower than the new Range Rover on which it is based and model-for-model weighs 45kg less.
Exciting new interpretations of Range Rover Sport design cues include the signature clamshell bonnet, floating roof and side fender vents. The vehicle also features bold new versions of the powerful wheel arch graphic, horizontal body feature lines and distinctive rocker mouldings which are key elements of the model’s strong DNA.
While retaining the powerful Range Rover Sport character, the front end has a more modern, streamlined appearance, with its slimmer lights, rearward sloping grille and more sculpted corners.
“The ‘S’ in SUV is taken to another level with the new Range Rover Sport. It’s dramatic and powerful with immense road presence. It has a low centre of gravity that promotes a dynamic stance while communicating its athletic capabilities. Its sporting characteristics are further emphasised by the vehicle’s high belt line, short overhangs and distinctive silhouette, there really is nothing else like it,” said Gerry McGovern.
Eye-catching design details serve to emphasise the new Range Rover Sport’s more dynamic and contemporary character. The side fender vents are executed with a more dynamic, sloping treatment. Matching twin vents are executed in the bonnet, enhancing the powerful and sporting character of the vehicle.
Designers have also continued the classic Range Rover Sport two-bar theme, reflected in the twin strakes on the fender vents, the two bar front grille, and the twin lines in the tail lamp graphics.
Near-flush side glazing, combined with a premium gloss black finish to the pillars, enhance the bold Range Rover Sport floating roof graphic – which can be highlighted with three contrast roof colours of grey, black or silver – while also emphasising the more streamlined form of the body. Brembo brake calipers finished in red and a Black Pack, which removes all brightwork from the exterior, are also available to create a more bespoke appearance.
At the front, the large outboard air intakes and bold trapezoidal shapes housing the central bumper beam and skid plate send out a strong, high performance message. The same trapezoidal theme is repeated at the rear, with the skid plate flanked by large twin exhaust outlets.
The front lamps continue the bold evolution of the Sport, with highly distinctive LED signature graphics which feature a new distinctive graphic. The slimmer design creates a more aggressive, technical appearance.
At the rear, the lamps have a more compact treatment with a striking new design that uses LED technology. The main tail and stop lamps echo the headlamps’ distinctive design language, while the direction indicators use a new interpretation of the ‘twin line’ graphic from the current model.
Both front and rear lamps flow round into the shoulders of the body with the distinctive tapering blade graphic featured on the other vehicles in the latest Range Rover portfolio.
Modern, luxurious interior with a strong sporting character
“Strong Range Rover architectural elements are combined with a less is more pared down approach to create a sporting luxury environment that promotes greater driving engagement.
“The use of top quality materials and material finishes applied with the highest levels of precision enhance this exciting and cocooning design. It’s simply a great place to be,” said Gerry McGovern.
The interior has a sophisticated and modern appearance, incorporating distinctive Range Rover Sport design cues and providing the driver with a luxurious and sporting cockpit. For the new model, the strong, architectural forms of the design have been enhanced by a cleaner, purer surface treatment, beautifully executed using top quality materials.
Building on the signature Range Rover Sport interior architecture, the centrepiece of the cabin is the bold intersection between the strong horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the vertical lines of the centre stack. The dynamic character of the cockpit is enhanced by the faster angle of the centre stack, with its striking satin chrome pillars which flow from the instrument panel through into the rear cabin and the aluminium accents that flow from the centre console into the fascia.
The centre console is mounted higher, positioning the controls closer to the driver and creating a more cocooning sensation for the front occupants. This cocooning feel is emphasised by the strong visual graphic of the fascia mid-section trim accents linking to the doors, and surrounding the occupants with a band of contrasting colour.
The sporting ambience of the interior is also reflected in the smaller diameter, thicker rimmed steering wheel, vertical gear shifter and seats with more generous side bolsters.
The front and rear seats feature a more sculptured design with enhanced padding to the front and individual seating in the second row. Special attention has been given to providing increased rear seat comfort, offering improved rear legroom (+24mm knee room) and shoulder-room, plus the choice of 60/40 or 40/20/40 split rear seats and the option of powered third row occasional 5+2 ‘secret’ seating (which folds away into the floor) for enhanced versatility.
Superior materials, superior craftsmanship
Every new Range Rover Sport is crafted using the highest quality materials, with carefully selected colours and textures to enhance the model’s unique blend of luxury with a distinctive sporting character. The use of more technical finishes and veneers gives the cabin a more dynamic and contemporary feel.
Material quality has been raised to a new level, with more luxurious soft-touch surfaces in key touch points around the cabin, such as the fascia mid-section.
Luxurious soft-touch surfaces are offset by authentic metal details which are cool to the touch and stunning to look at. These include the striking satin chrome pillars each side of the centre stack with an immaculate noble plated finish, and the choice of distinctive aluminium finishes on the centre console, fascia ends and door trims.
The obsession with quality and traditional craftsmanship can be seen in the beautifully tailored twin-needle stitching used to finish the sumptuous leather seats and leather-wrapped interior surfaces. The impeccable stitching is specified precisely by Range Rover experts, from the length and direction of the stitching, to the spin, thickness and material of the thread. Even the size and shape of the needle is defined, to guarantee the highest quality finish.
Individual choice for discerning customers
To maximise personalisation, the new Sport offers even more individual choice for customers to enable them to create their own bespoke vehicle, with an outstanding selection of colour themes and finishes.
An expanded choice of special features includes innovations such as colour-themed interiors with duo or tri-tone designs, a stunning range of factory fitted alloy wheels from 19- and 20-inch (one design each) to 21-inch (five designs) and up to 22-inches (two designs) in diameter including the iconic “Viper’s Nest” wheel available for the first time across all Range Rover models.
Customers wishing to emphasise the new vehicle’s more sporting character can select a ‘Dynamic’ pack on HSE and Autobiography models with unique trim options and performance features.
These features extend from striking design elements like a gloss black grille and exterior details, body-coloured bumpers and side sills, and unique interior colour themes and finishes, to performance items such as a Vmax uplift to 250km/h / 155mph [5.0 S/C], special 21- and 22-inch alloy wheels, and red Brembo brake calipers.
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