Up­grades, facelifts & new de­riv­a­tives

Priced from R1 091 200 (Range Rover Sport); R1 888 100 (Range Rover)

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THE lux­ury arm of SUV man­u­fac­turer Land Rover has facelifted the top two prod­ucts in its port­fo­lio, the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover (pic­tured). Both mod­els boast not only a restyled vis­age that brings them closer in ap­pear­ance to the newer Ve­lar, but also an in­te­rior de­sign in­tro­duced by their smaller sib­ling. This in­cludes the brand’s lat­est in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem that fea­tures a pair of high-def­i­ni­tion, 10-inch touch­screens to han­dle all in­fo­tain­ment and ven­ti­la­tion du­ties.

The Sport range also grows from 15 to 19 de­riv­a­tives. New ad­di­tions in­clude two 2,0-litre, four-cylin­der, tur­bopetrol vari­ants, each de­vel­op­ing 221 kw, along with two ver­sions of a hy­brid model badged the P400e. These PHEV de­riv­a­tives com­bine a 2,0-litre tur­bopetrol with an 85 kw elec­tric mo­tor housed in the Zf-sourced eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, for to­tal out­puts of 297 kw and 640 N.m, and a CO fig­ure of just 64 g/km.

Other fa­mil­iar en­gines in the line-up in­clude the 3,0 TDV6 (190 kw), 3,0 SDV6 (225 kw), 4,4 SDV8 (250 kw), two 3,0 V6 su­per­charged petrols (250 and 280 kw) and a 5,0-litre V8 su­per­charged petrol (386 kw). The 5,0-litre V8 in the SVR has been mas­saged and now pro­duces 423 kw and 700 N.m (up from 405 kw and 680 N.m), al­low­ing it to rocket from stand­still to 100 km/h in a claimed 4,5 sec­onds.

The Range Rover fam­ily grows by six to 18 vari­ants, with all ad­di­tions be­ing P400e-badged de­riv­a­tives. Other pow­er­train op­tions in­clude the 3,0 TDV6, 4,4 SDV8 and 5,0-litre su­per­charged V8 (386 kw and 416 kw). As be­fore, buy­ers have the choice of stan­dard- or long-wheel­base con­fig­u­ra­tions, along with fa­mil­iar trim lev­els (Vogue, Vogue SE, Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and Svau­to­bi­og­ra­phy).

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