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The all-new Range Rover Sport will be significantly lighter, faster, more practical and more technologically advanced than ever before when it launches in Australia in November.

Revealed in New York today ahead of its official unveiling at tomorrow’s auto show, the second-generation Range Rover Sport is up to 420kg lighter than its predecessor – down from 2535kg to 2115kg – a feat achieved largely through the luxury SUV’s switch from its old Land Rover Discovery 4-derived separate-chassis underpinnings to an all-aluminium monocoque borrowed from the new Range Rover.

As a result, the new Range Rover Sport will be up to 24 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous model from launch, and even more frugal from 2014 when a diesel hybrid variant, promising combined cycle fuel consumption of approximately 6.4L/100km, is added to the line-up.

Land Rover has also confirmed a sub-2000kg four-cylinder version of the Range Rover Sport – an all-new engine rather than the Ford-sourced 2.0-litre unit in the Range Rover Evoque – will join the range later in the model’s lifecycle. Land Rover Australia brand manager Tim Krieger said the Range Rover Sport Hybrid was locked in for an early-2014 launch in our market, while the four-cylinder model – still “a few years away” – was under consideration.

All four globally available powertrains will be offered in Australia from launch, including the entry-level 190kW/600Nm 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel and the uprated 215kW SDV6 tune, the 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol, and the range-topping 375kW/625Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol. A 250kW/700Nm 4.4-litre SDV8 petrol will join with the hybrid in early 2014. Each engine is paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with stop-start technology.

The diesels will be the most fuel efficient, using approximately 7.4L/100km, while unsurprisingly the 5.0-litre V8 will be the quickest, launching from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds.

Certain to boost the popularity of the new Range Rover Sport is its introduction of third-row seating, increasing the car’s people-hauling potential from five to seven.

At 4850mm long, the new Sport is just 62mm longer than the outgoing model, yet its significantly longer wheelbase (+178mm) creates an additional 24mm of rear-seat legroom and improved access for third-row passengers.

Land Rover says the new Range Rover Sport takes a significant step forward from a vehicle dynamics perspective.

The electric power steering system is brand new, while Land Rover has also completely re-engineered the car’s four-corner air suspension and upgraded its Dynamic Response and Adaptive Dynamics chassis and stability technologies.

Land Rover says the aluminium suspension system offers class-leading wheel travel – 260mm front, 272mm rear – while the total range of movement from the lowest ‘access height’ (50mm) to the highest off-road height (235mm) has been increased and is now 185mm.

Approach and departure angles now measure 33 and 31 degrees respectively, while the Range Rover Sport’s wading depth has increased 150mm to 850mm thanks to a new air intake system.

A new Dynamic Mode in the Sport’s Terrain Response 2 system has been designed to facilitate enthusiastic on-road driving, resulting in a firmer ride, tighter body control, reduced roll and more responsive steering and performance.

The second-generation Terrain Response system features an Auto setting, which uses sensors and other ‘intelligent’ systems to analyse the driving conditions and select the best set-up from one of five drive modes: General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Rock Crawl. The system also provides the driver with tips on when to select low range or to adjust the vehicle’s ride height.

Enhancing performance is the dynamic active rear locking differential and torque vectoring – a first for Range Rover – which transfers torque to the outside wheels during cornering to reduce understeer.

Two full-time all-wheel-drive systems are available. The first provides a two-speed transfer case with a low-range option designed for the most demanding off-road conditions. By default, torque is split 50:50 front to rear, but can be distributed entirely to the front or rear depending on the circumstances.

The second is a single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential that is 18kg lighter and designed to offer optimum driving dynamics. A 42:58 front-to-rear split is the default setting, although that can vary between 62 per cent front and 78 per cent rear depending on the grip available.

Another Range Rover first is the Sport’s Wade Sensing system, which provides the driver information about the depth of water they are driving through, delivering visual and audible warnings if the water level rises around the vehicle.

A host of other driver-assist safety technologies will be available in the new Range Rover Sport, including lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, auto high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, reverse traffic detection, and automatic reverse parking.

In front of the driver sits Land Rover’s first ever head-up display unit, which projects key vehicle and navigation data onto the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. It is supported by a 12.3-inch high-resolution instrument cluster screen and an eight-inch touchscreen with optional Dual View (different screens visible from the driver and passenger seats) for access to infotainment and other functions.

The new Range Rover Sport will be offered in most markets in four specification levels: S, SE, HSE and Autobiography. Personalisation is another highlight of the new model, with customers able to select from 19 exterior paint colours, three contrasting roof colours, nine alloy wheel designs across the available 19-, 20-, 21-, and 22-inch sizes, 11 interior colour themes, four aluminium trim finishes, three real wood veneers and three headliner colours.

While he would not be drawn on pricing, Krieger said the new Sport would be “competitive” with the likes of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz ML. He suggested a dip under the current car’s six-figure entry pricing was unlikely.

Australian prices and specifications of the Range Rover Sport will be announced in July ahead of its November launch.

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  • Ox

    Very nice, can’t wait to see what they do with the next discovery.

    • Butch

      I agree. I’d buy one if I could afford it easily. The other thing putting me off a luxury 4WD is the thought of the kids eating, vomiting and bringing mud into the car. How do the badge snobs prevent this?

      • Joof

         Ummm, by not taking them off-road.

        How much mud can you get from a shopping centre carpark anyway?

      • CLS500

        Make the kids walk, strap them to the roof, don’t have them in the first place. There are many answers to that question.

      • Ox

        Ha! That’s what the Defender is for.

      • Josh Kong

        I can’t wait to see all the wealthy, fine, looking mothers inside this car, or parked outside your local cafe

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, it looks great, inside and out, performance and fuel economy figures sound very good

  • dave

    Very nice. Like a cross between a Vogue and Evoque

  • Devil666

    What is up with the head rests on the 3rd row? Looks like they were made for the cone heads! Say goodbye to any rear vision with those things up!

    Also – this is an Evoke photocopied to 150%, not a RR Sport. The proportions are wrong for a car this big.

    • Joof

       Would suggest they are ‘supersized’ to act as top of backrest too.

      This way, when folded, take up less space and whole seat can fold into floor (aka Disco 3/4)

      Not pretty, but hopefully like the Discos, comfortable enough for an adult to use…

    • Igomi Watabi

      I have to disagree with the photocopied Evoque comment. The details are Evoque, but the proportions are pretty much the same as the last Sport.

      But I agree with those weird 3rd row headrests. And what the heck are they doing putting 3 rows in a Sport anyway?

      • chris_xxxx

         Why 3rd row seats? Because some people have large families. And the headrests look like they fold into the front part of the seat and then folds flat, when you aren’t using them.

        • Igomi Watabi

          yeah, that was a throwaway line a little – “Sport” and “Family” in one line… yada yada. Anyway. Although average number of children per family in the 2011 census was 1.9 and projected to decrease.

          Anyway, the main thrust of my comment was to disagree with the sugegstion that this is a photocopied Evoque.

          I’d love to know what the “Guest” upstairs said before the comment was removed.

  • pixxxels

    Looks fantastic. The one thing i’d change would be those silly hood vents. 

  • Martin

    Wipes the floor with the new ML for design.

  • Martin

    I think that’s why I like it so much. I love the Evoque but it’s too small for me so this is a more family friendly version (pets in my case). Where does this place the Evoque XL if the Sport has similar design language and 7 seat capacity? Will the XL just be a cheaper 7 seater alternative to the Sport?

  • S3

    i was hoping it’ll start from 80k like the ml

  • Boiboi

    It’s 200-300kg lighter than the Prado and Pajero. Means less momentum.

    • MrBoogaloo

      Less momentum? To crash a the bottom of a hill?

  • RangeRoverFan

    Can not wait for them to hurry up and start selling them i gotta order me one they are stunning best looking Range Rover so far!!

  • K20A

    I’m sure the new RR Sport designers will beat Porsche 911′s in the ‘Most Evolutionary Design’ award this year! :)

  • Matt

    Just brilliant. All the car you could ever need.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFLU42DZJ4E23NZKHN3UXJU44Q Aazz

    Very handsome

  • Dudeface

    Looks great and I love the idea of the stonking big diesel V8. Performance and economy, the best of both worlds.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, thats the one i would pick in the vogue

  • Radbloke

    The old one is derived from a Disco 3 chassis, not a Disco 4. It’s also not a ‘seperate chassis’ as such, it’s a semi-monocoque. All the weight of a traditional ladder chassis with none of the off road capabilities.

    • Igomi Watabi

      I suspect there will be a lot of people, including experts, who would disagree on the “none of the off road capabilities” bit of your post, when applied to Discovery and Sport.

  • Amoled

    “He suggested a dip under the current car’s six-figure entry pricing was unlikely.”
    US pricingRange Rover Sport SE: $63,495 3-Liter Supercharged V6 340hpRange Rover Sport HSE: $68,495 3-Liter Supercharged V6 340hpRange Rover Sport Supercharged: $79,995 5-Liter Supercharged V8 510hpRange Rover Sport Autobiography: $93,295 5-Liter Supercharged V8 510hp

  • Car Fanatic

    Dropping 420 kgs? That’s bloody Impressive. The 375kw will go like stink with the increased power to weight ratio.

    I need to win Lotto.

  • lumpycamel

    Showing my inner geek here… but the centre of the steering wheel looks like a Cyberman’s head… but Id still have one anyday

  • CK

    This is what Christmas morning looks like for a Land Rover dealer.

  • Rover

    very nice SUV indeed, however it’s still too pricey

  • pixar

    not funny……..try again