The new Range Rover Sport is officially available in the Philippines carrying new electrified powertrains. It’s accompanied by a slew of improvements in all areas elevating its status in the luxury SUV segment. And just in case you’re too eager to write that cheque, it starts at P13,490,000.
Under its sleek hood is a new P510e hybrid setup that makes a total of 510ps. It has a 3-liter gas engine paired to a 105kW motor and 38.2kWh battery that allows it to run on pure electric for 113km ideally or 88km in real world situations. If sprints are your thing, it can do 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds. There’s a smaller setup in the P440E that produces 440ps and does 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds.
Those leaning towards old school feel would be thrilled with the V8 Twin Turbo with 530ps and can do 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds with Dynamic Launch.
There are other options in the P360 and P400 mild-hybrid straight-6 Ingenium gas engines and 6-cylinder mild-hybrid diesel engines in the D250, D300, and D350. In case you’re wondering about a full electric, it’s already on the horizon and is slated to be introduced in 2024.
The new Range Rover Sport is riding on an improved flexible mixed metal architecture (MLA-Flex) platform that has 35% more torsional stiffness than the previous version. It now has switchable-volume air springs courtesy of Dynamic Response Pro and Dynamic Air Suspension.
Dynamic Response Pro is a new feature that affects the car’s roll control via a 48-volt electronic system that can apply up to 1,400 Nm of torque on each axle. It allows for better cornering and body control at speed.
There’s also an optional Storm Handling Pack that includes All-Wheel Steering and Electronic Active Differential. All-Wheel Steering makes the rear-wheel turn up to 7.3 degrees out of phase with the front resulting in enhanced agility and nimbleness at low speeds. It becomes in-phase at higher speeds for more stability.
For the unbeaten path, the new Range Rover Sport now has Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control. It allows drivers to choose one of the four settings so the car can control the speed while you can focus on the steering ahead.
There’s a noticeable change with the new Range Rover Sport’s front face. It has slimmer headlight assembly with a simplified DRL pattern giving it a sleeker look. The air vents on the corners also got a sporty revision while the lower grille on the front bumper was divided into two-tiers.
The slimmer trend continues at the rear. Taillights are sleeker and are now housed in a unifying bar running across the width of the tailgate. The overall appeal is also more minimalist as there are less lines giving it a classier look.
Despite all the improvements in the previous areas mentioned, there’s still a lot unmentioned that happened in the interior of the car. The front seats are 22-way power adjustable with heating, ventilation, and memory with massage function. Cabin Air Purification Pro is also introduced with PM2.5 filtration and nanoe-X technology to reduce odors, bacteria, and allergens inside.
Sound is taken care of by Meridian Audio with its 29-speaker setup and 1,430W of power. There’s also Active Noise Cancellation that lets you focus on the audio of the cabin and less of the outside noise that includes road and tire noise.
At the center of the dash is a Pivi Pro award-winning infotainment system with a 13.1-inch curved touchscreen that has wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. It’s complemented by the 13.7-inch digital driver display and 15W wireless charger.
In terms of safety, the Range Rover Sport gets emergency braking, 3D Surround Camera, front and rear parking sensors, wade sensing, ClearSight Ground View and Maneuvering Lights, Cruise Control, Driver Condition Monitor, Lane Keep Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Get to see the new Range Rover Sport in the metal in the All British Cars showrooms in EDSA Greenhills and 5th corner 24th ave in BGC. You can also check out the customization options on their website.