Jaguar Land Rover has begun delivering the 2023 Range Rover Sport in India after introducing the SUV there in May. With pricing starting at Rs 1.64 crore, it comes in four different varieties (ex-showroom).
The MLA-Flex platform is the foundation for the 2023 Range Rover Sport. The SUV’s wheelbase is lengthened from its predecessor. The radiator grille and headlights have been made narrower, yet the front end still has a dynamic appearance. The side view maintains the same spare aesthetic. Now, the car’s door handles fit flush with the bodywork.
Pricing, Engine Options, and Trim Levels for the 2023 Range Rover Sport
The 2018 Range Rover Sport only comes in five different configurations, compared to the flagship Range Rover’s amazing 37 different permutations across wheelbase length, seating configuration, engine, and trim. Currently, at least.
You can choose between a 3.0-liter gasoline or diesel mild-hybrid straight-six engine, and one of four trim options (SE, HSE, Autobiography, and First Edition). Both the P400 gasoline model (with 400 horsepower and 550 Newton-meters of torque) and the D350 diesel model (with 350 horsepower and 700 Newton-meters of torque) are available, and both are paired with 8-speed torque-converter automatic transmissions and feature 4WD and air suspension as standard equipment. All Terrain Progress Control off-road traction control, on and off-road drive modes, water wading capability of 900 mm, and ground clearance of up to 281 mm are all included.
Only during the year it is in print may you place an order for the First Edition. Even if you settle with a base model, you can still add most of the bells and whistles you desire at a la carte prices rather than springing for a more expensive model.
The New Range Rover Sport may be purchased for anywhere between 1.64 and 1.84 million Indian Rupees (ex-showroom India). Compared to the New Range Rover Sport, which starts at Rs 89.41 lakh, the locally assembled Range Rover Velar, which is priced below it, costs between Rs 2.39 crore and Rs 4.17 crore. The Discovery starts at Rs 93.90 lakh and goes up to Rs 1.32 crore, while the Defender starts at Rs 91.80 lakh and goes up to Rs 2.29 crore.
Exterior of the 2023 Range Rover Sport is updated to be more recognizable
You might have mistaken the old Range Rover Sport for the more expensive Range Rover due to the price overlap between the two Land Rover large SUV models, but not any more. With a wheelbase of 2,997 millimetres, the new Range Rover Sport is almost the same size as the previous generation, but it looks very different.
The front bumper has sporty air vents, and the headlights and grille are much more streamlined. The front and rear windscreens aren’t as squat, and neither is the nose, while the roofline slopes ever-so-slightly downward in the back.
The new minimalist profile is present, with flush door handles and a continuous window line that merges into the doors without a sill. The India market receives the sporty 21- to 23-inch wheels with bronze highlights that are part of the standard Dynamic style kit.
However, the biggest change may be found in the vehicle’s back, where thin, horizontal, wraparound tail-lighting replace the large Range Rover’s stunning new disguised vertical lamps. Plus, you won’t receive the split tailgate or posh ‘Event Suite’ picnic chairs seen on the premium model, but you will get a full-size spare tyre.
2023 Range Rover Sport has a significantly better-built cabin
The cabin now sports a sportier, raked-back dashboard like the Velar and is more distinguishable from the Range Rover than before. There is an angled flow to the centre console, the seats are positioned a hair lower, and the steering wheel is a new three-spoke version, all in an effort to create a sportier atmosphere. However, the driving stance is still elevated compared to those of full-on performance SUVs.
It also gains from the interior’s technological enhancements, such as the new digital clock display and touchscreen infotainment system that use the latest Pivi Pro software. A click of a button can adjust the fan speed, and a lever pull can adjust the ventilation in the seats. These and a few other physical controls are welcome, but ancillary functions like, say, seat massage and lumbar support are accessed through the touchscreen.
The new Sport has a more luxurious interior and a panoramic sunroof than its forerunner
The SUV is a significant improvement over the previous Sport, and the quality increase we witnessed in the new Range Rover is noteworthy. The inside panels and trim are of higher quality construction and finish, and the materials appear to be of higher cost. The Sport’s new dark chrome and forged carbon trim pieces stand out, and the car’s possible customizations lean less heavily toward traditional luxury than Range Rover’s ones.
In addition to the standard semi-aniline leather upholstery, customers can now choose a leather-free Kvadrat Ultrafabric interior. The 19 speakers that power the 800W Meridian sound system are hidden away in the carpeting and door panels, just like in a high-end hi-fi. When comparing the Range Rover to the Sport, the most noticeable difference is in the backseat, where the seats aren’t as comfortable.
The bench seat has standard padding and reclines to a comfortable 37 degrees on a power mechanism. The larger wheelbase (74 mm) and the addition of rear window shades (optional and not operated) are both positives, as they provide more space for passengers’ legs, but at this price, they feel like a miss.
2023 Range Rover Sport is less of a niche player
The 2017 Range Rover Sport has a more defined niche within Land Rover’s expanding luxury SUV lineup than earlier iterations. This is primarily due to the vehicle’s more robust sense of individuality and a more streamlined lineup of available trims that won’t overwhelm the consumer. The flagship Range Rover’s price has risen along with its prestige, allowing it to compete more directly with high-end alternatives like the Bentley Bentayga.
This helps the Sport move beyond its “Range Rover Lite” label and into its niche as a competent luxury SUV that offers many features at a more reasonable price. We sincerely desire that Land Rover streamline even more of its model offerings in India to lessen the massive duplication of effort. Read on to determine if the third-generation model justifies the Sport.
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