Test drive Range Rover Sport: the temptations of tradition

Designers of the updated SUV follow the dictates of the times, but in the spirit of tradition

If we need to name in a nutshell the most characteristic of the current era of the automotive industry, then this is undoubtedly the reduction in size and electrification. This zeitgeist spares no sports lions, luxury limousines, or even the off-road wheel locks traditionally owned by the Land Rover people.

So it comes as no surprise that after last year Range Rover Sport paid a downsizing tax on the base diesel version with a two-liter four-cylinder engine (240 hp). Now with the model update, along with improvements in safety and assistance systems, a plug-in hybrid is included in the lineup, and no longer with a diesel engine, but with a gasoline engine.

Test drive Range Rover Sport: the temptations of tradition

The small four-cylinder 300-liter turbocharged unit (downsizing again!) Produces an impressive 85 hp. and it is assisted by an 116 kW (XNUMX hp) electric motor integrated into the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The power source is a 13,1 kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery located under the boot. The maximum system power of the drive is 404 hp and the maximum distance that electric traction can cover is about 50 km.

It takes seven and a half hours to fully charge from the docking station (32A) and 2 hours and 45 minutes from the home outlet (10A). The system operates in two main modes - Parallel Hybrid with battery saving and topography matching functions and EV (electric vehicle), in which the vehicle is powered by an electric motor and has zero emissions.

Welcome to eco-friendly cities. From the jaguar Land Rover is seriously preparing for this future and from 2020 intends to offer electrified versions of all its models.

Test drive Range Rover Sport: the temptations of tradition

For off-road driving, Land Rover Terrain Response 2 has been re-tuned to match the electric motor's ability to deliver maximum torque at minimum revs.

Not only in the hybrid, but also in its regular versions, the updated version of the Range Rover Sport has retained its excellent off-road performance. If necessary, the air suspension increases the ground clearance to 278 mm. Then the angle of the front overhang reaches 33, and the rear - 31 degrees.

At the presentation of the model, a more powerful six-cylinder diesel version with a capacity of 306 hp was driving. If diesels are banned one day, we will regret these machines very much. Calm, strong, confident traction (700 Nm), the feeling that you have an ocean of power in front of you. And a modest fuel consumption - seven liters in a standard cycle. It will be a great pity.

As far as electronics and assistive systems go, not only are they not endangered, they are conquering more and more territories on their way to a brighter future for autonomous driving. The updated Range Rover Sport is equipped with the Blade Touch Pro Duo infotainment system - “the most high-tech ever built Jaguar Land Rover ”.

The onboard system functions and menus are controlled by two 10-inch high-resolution touchscreens. The roof curtain can be opened and closed with gestures, and those who take advantage of the ability to tow a trailer up to 3500 kg can also order a system to facilitate reversing with a trailer.

Test drive Range Rover Sport: the temptations of tradition

As if, despite all the spells about economy and sustainability, the people of the British company have prepared something for the traditional car enthusiast. As of this year, the top sports version of the SVR has increased power, reaching 575 hp.

In just 4,5 seconds, the compressor eight accelerates the 2,2-ton SUV to 100 km / h, and the top speed of the elite car is 283 km / h. How can a man not spend his last $ 159 on such a magnificent monster!

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