Ranger Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport receives added performance and mild hybrid technology

Reuben Van Niekerk
Range Rover
SUV

The new Range Rover is now available in South Africa with an in-line six-cylinder, 3.0-litre petrol engine in a choice of two outputs. The mild hybrid engines enhance performance, refinement and responsiveness along with improved fuel economy.

 

The new six-cylinder unit has an innovative combination of advanced features, including the addition of an electric supercharger to to aid responsiveness and virtually eliminate turbo lag.

 

The all-new six-cylinder engine offers a combination of performance and fuel economy along with the customary Range Rover poise and refinement thanks to features like twin scroll turbocharging and continuous variable valve lift.

 

Clever technology

The clever set-up is based around an all-new Start Stop system that switches off when stationary and pairs the new 3.0-litre engine with an electric motor allowing the system to harvest energy whilst the vehicle is decelerating and store it in a 48V battery. This engine can then be re-deployed through torque assist, minimising C02 emissions by reducing the workload on the engine. These performance-boosting technologies work alongside a new Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) powertrain that is underpinned by the new engine, adding enhanced efficiency to the range. The Range Rover Sport P360, with (265kW) uses just 9,2 litres per 100 kilometres but can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds. The P360 is available in S, SE and HSE specification.

 

HST joins line up

Available exclusively on the HST model is a more powerful 294kW version of the MHEV Ingenium engine that allows this model to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just 5.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 225km/h and achieves the same fuel economy of 9,2 litres per 100km.

 

The new HST model features a unique combination of interior and exterior updates including bespoke badging and carbon fibre trim on the bonnet, front grille, side vents and tailgate. Customers will have a choice of two wheel designs and five exterior colours. The HST will be easily identified by red brake callipers, while a grey anodised option is also available.

 

Inside the 16-way Dynamic front seats feature an updated colour pattern with suede cloth detailing on the steering wheel and gear lever, Satin Chrome gearshift paddles and an HST badged facia. In addition, the suite of safety enhancements includes Advanced Cruise Control, featuring Stop & Go and Steer Assist, along with High Speed Emergency Braking. Owners will also benefit from traditional capability features, such as Terrain Response 2.

 

Pricing

The Range Rover Sport P360 and HST are available in South Africa now, priced from R1 369 000 and R1 874 600 respectively.