2013 March

The 2014 Range Rover Sport gets a retro ad too. #MustReallyBeARangeRoverNow

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2014 Range Rover Sport Park Assist has been upgraded #NewRangeRoverSport

I’ll be honest here and say I actually had to look up what “Perpendicular Parking” was.

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Electric Power-Assisted Steering with advanced Park Assist functions

The new Range Rover Sport’s electric power-assisted steering also enables customers to benefit from a range of advanced Park Assist features, including:

  • Park Assist – which helps to identify a suitable parallel parking space, and then automatically steers the vehicle into place
  • Park Exit – which helps drivers exit tight parallel parking spaces, by automatically steering the vehicle back into the main carriageway
  • Perpendicular Park – which extends the function of the system to help the driver to reverse into perpendicular spaces, using sensors to help identify a suitable space where the vehicle can be parked and the doors on each side opened safely

Each of the functions provides the driver with clear instructions via the cluster display, and uses the Park Distance Controls, Flank Guard and Camera systems (where fitted) to help warn the driver of objects in close proximity during the manoeuvre. Multiple shuttles back and forward may be required to complete the manoeuvres safely and accurately.

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2014 Range Rover Sport brings 7 seats or really 5 seats and 2 “occasional” ones #NewRangeRoverSport

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My use of  “occasional” above is actually comes directly from the PR.

· New 5+2 third row seating option for occasional use

the practical flexibility provided by the option of 5+2 third row seating for occasional use.

 

The third row is designed for occasional use, and power-folds flat into the floor to preserve cargo versatility.

with a spacious and flexible interior that offers the option of occasional use “5+2” seating

• Rear seats now offer adjustable recline and climate control, with a 60/40 split, while the versatility of occasional 5+2 third-row seating can be specified as an option.

Okay, I’ll stop – here’s the rest of the PR on those seats:

For additional versatility, neatly integrated third row seats can be optioned, and provide “5+2” third row seats designed for occasional use. These seats split 50/50 and are designed to be suitable for children and teenagers. They may also be used for adults on short trips. The second row seats tip and slide forward to provide access to the third row using a convenient lever on the backrest with one-hand operation. The second row seats also provide 3.8-inches (100mm) fore/aft movement to allow customers a flexible choice of space in the rear seat rows and in the luggage compartment.

The third row seats include power operation, and can be raised/lowered electrically using controls mounted on either side of the cabin and within the luggage area. When folded, the third row seats leave a flat floor, with no loss of capacity in the luggage compartment when compared to the 5-seat model.

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And a video of the powered seats in action:

 

The droids from Star Wars, previously seen in the LR3 & LR4 have jumped up a model!

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2014 Range Rover Sport – Full-time intelligent 4WD systems, a “Range Rover” without Low-Range!

The 2014 Range Rover Sport brings a new option to the Sport line with a choice of two-speed or single-speed transfer case.  While the Evoque doesn’t have true low-range, the Sport always had more Range Rover pedigree.

Here’s the official text on the subject:

Full-time intelligent 4WD systems

The new Range Rover Sport offers a choice of two full-time intelligent 4WD systems, each able to find drive on the most challenging low-grip surfaces.

One system provides a two-speed transfer case with low-range option for the most demanding off-road conditions, with a 50/50 percent default front to rear torque split. Optimum traction is maintained through an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in the centre differential which distributes torque between the wheels at anything between 100 percent front and 100 percent rear. This is combined with sophisticated electronic traction control systems.

The transfer case offers selectable high and low range, using a two-speed fully synchronized ‘shift on the move’ system which allows the driver to change range from low to high at speeds up to 60km/h without having to stop the vehicle, providing exceptional driving flexibility. The high-range provides a direct drive ratio of 1:1, while the low range ratio is 2.93:1 giving an extremely low crawl speed.

The alternative system is 18kg lighter and features an all-new single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential and 42/58 percent default front to rear torque split that is designed to provide a rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics, whilst maintaining off-road performance. The Torsen centre differential constantly varies torque distribution between 62 percent front and 78 percent rear depending on conditions and grip available. The traction control system has been optimised to work in harmony with the differential to deliver excellent traction in all conditions.

To further optimise traction and stability in extreme conditions, more powerful Sport models are also specified with the Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential in combination with the twin-speed 4WD driveline. The locking rear differential has been further optimised to work in conjunction with the electronic torque vectoring system.

And here’s something I noticed on those first interior pictures, along with the missing Low Range button, Rock Crawl is also missing from the Terrain Response 2 controls.

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Here’s another shot, not as clear but this vehicle obviously has the two-speed traditional transfer case.

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2014 Range Rover Sport – Return of the Green Ovals #NewRangeRoverSport

Ever since the updates for the 2014 Range Rover leaked, we knew the green Land Rover badges were returning to the Range Rover models.  And with the release of the first pictures of the new Range Rover Sport, we’re seeing what the modern Range Rover family looks like with some green again.

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