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Land Rover unveils upgrades to Range Rover Sport line-up

20 August 2015

Land Rover has made some subtle changes to its Range Rover Sport line-up.

The range now includes a new Range Rover Sport HST model, which has a 3,0-litre supercharged petrol V6 with 280kW and 450Nm on tap. This model also has unique chassis settings and design features to differentiate it from the rest of the line-up.

Exterior wise it has Stealth Pack lamps front and rear, which feature non-reflective surrounds and combine with a Santorini Black contrast roof and a new spoiler. Distinctive 21-inch alloy wheels feature an exclusive dark satin grey finish, highlighting the uprated 20-inch brake discs and eye-catching red brake calipers. Larger 22-inch Stealth alloy wheels are available as an option.

To highlight the HST’s high performance capabilities Land Rover’s engineers have devised a unique Terrain Response set-up for the vehicle. It features a Dynamic Mode that optimises the suspension, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and other electronic systems to suit on-road driving. This feature provides more controlled electronic damping and a more responsive throttle pedal, while enhancing gearshifts and steering response to match the change in vehicle character.

Inside, the HST is finished with a duo tone seats trimmed in Oxford Leather. The upholstery is available in four Ebony/colour combinations, along with an all-Ebony option.

Other upgrades include HST badging on the dashboard, carpet mats and the TFT instrument panel highlight the luxury model’s high performance focus. The sporty cues extend to Noble-plated paddle shift gear levers on the steering wheel and distinctive bright ‘Sports’ pedals, while the aluminium interior trim features a textured ‘Sports’ finish.

SDV8 variants now come as standard with All Terrain Progress Control, which is basically cruise control for off-roading.

ATPC joins host of new and improved convenience features that also come to other models in the line-up. These include a new, improved Surround Camera System that utilises a high-resolution camera for crisper graphics and enhanced clarity. This also introduces Rear Junction View, which uses the Surround Camera System to significantly improve rearward visibility when reversing out of parking spots. An integrated washer jet for the rear camera ensures clarity at all times and in all conditions.

The new Gesture Tailgate provides hands-free access to the luggage area. Sensors in the rear bumper let customers use their feet to gesture and open the rear tailgate. Placement of the sensors allows this to be achieved from either side of the vehicle when approaching from the kerbside.

Further automation includes Automatic Access Height. While previously controlled manually, the new system automatically lowers the vehicle once parked. Depending on conditions the system will lower the vehicle by as much as 50mm, for improved entry, exit and loading items in the rear.

Customers will also benefit from an increased range of personalisation options and an extended range of accessories. The Range Rover Sport will be available with three new paint options, and a total of seven interior colourways. Extended leather is now an option, and HSE, HST and SVR models will be fitted with climate seats as standard. A new Carbon Fibre Pack is also available, offering a sporty finish on side vents, tailgate trim, door mirror covers, a front grille surround, and fog lamp bezels, with bonnet vents finished in high-gloss lacquer.