The Range Rover Sport combines sporty acceleration and handling with impressive off-road capability packed in the sleek body form with a comfortable and luxurious cabin. The model is more agile than the brand’s range-topping Range Rover model with which it shares the alloy-intensive platform, powertrains, and interior.
The Range Rover Sport was all-new for the 2014 model year which makes it old design by the current automotive standards but regular upgrades keep it relevant among newer rivals. The model received significant upgrades for the 2020 version including the plug-in hybrid powertrain, new inline-6 engine, more standard equipment, etc. The next 2021 Range Rover Sport should return with minimal changes while the 2022 version is expected to be fully redesigned.
Land Rover is spotted testing the new-generation, top-dog Range Rover which will replace the current version debuted for the 2013 season. A structurally-identical Range Rover Sport started the second generation in 2014 and the redesigned version should follow the same order and debut the third-generation version a year after the arrival of the all-new Range Rover for the 2022 model year.
The new-generation versions will switch to the new, lightweight MLA architecture and employ new-generation petrol and diesel engine including an all-electric version and a hybrid powertrain. The styling will see evolutionary changes with the interior inspired by the brand’s recent models.
2021 Range Rover Sport: Design
The 2021 Range Rover Sport should be the last iteration of the current, second-generation version based on the D7u alloy platform before it switches to the new Modular Longitudinal Architecture which should provide significant weight reduction and allow full electrification. The styling of the next-gen Range Rover Sport should come with evolutionary changes.
The 2021 model will continue in the same styling form to the new model year. The model shares its sleek, upright form with other family members but adds several details that suggest its agile nature. It wears a brand’s signature grille and headlights design while it has a sportier bumper and sleeker roofline than the flagship Range Rover model.
The next Range Rover Sport version will repeat the same interior design and there should be just a few changes in the equipment availability.
The model comes well-equipped from the entry-level version including modern tech and safety systems combined with high-comfort features. The base model offers Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, navigation, Wi-Fi, eight speakers, keyless entry and ignition, etc. The base equipment includes also active safety systems such as forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and parking sensors. More safety systems for the base version will be available in the optional packages including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and 360-degree cameras.
The upper grades will add more premium features such as upgraded leather upholstery, more speakers, larger alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, and heated rear, etc.
2021 Range Rover Sport: Powertrains
The 2021 Range Rover Sport will rely on the same range of powertrains as the current version with the excellent all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed automatic transmission shared across the lineup.
The Range Rover Sport will use a mild-hybrid 48-volt setup combined with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine in two outputs. One will provide 355 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque in the SE and HSE versions. A more powerful combination installed in the HST trim will make 395 hp and torque of 406 lb-ft.
Buyers can switch to the diesel power which should be available in the SE and HSE trims. A 3.0-liter V-6 diesel unit produces 254 hp and torque of 444 lb-ft with the highway fuel efficiency of 28 mpg.
The next level performance and efficiency will be achievable with the plug-in hybrid setup. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder combined with 105-kW motor and 12.4-kWh battery provide 398 hp and peak torque of 472 lb-ft. This version should travel 22 miles on the pure-electric propulsion.
The Rane Rover Sport will also be available with the mighty 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine in two power outputs. The engine makes 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque in one version while a more powerful option delivers 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Range Rover Sport: Release, Price
The 2021 Range Rover Sport will hit the market in the last quarter of 2020. The price starting point should again be around $68,000.