The all-new 2023 Range Rover Sport has finally debuted, more than 6 months after the full-size Range Rover made its debut. Just like the full-size Range Rover that debuted late last year, the midsize Range Rover Sport rides on an all-new platform and comes with an optional turbo V8 that’s sourced from BMW. An all-electric version is coming in 2024.
As expected, the 2023 Range Rover Sport’s design looks evolutionary. It carries the familiar sheet metal that this model has always been known for, albeit in a sportier interpretation compared to the more regal design of the Range Rover. It looks fundamentally cleaner than the outgoing model, adopting the flushed pop-out door handles and minimal lines of the current Range Rover.
What sets this model apart is its more rakish roofline and the blacked trim piece connecting the LED taillights as opposed to the full-size Range Rover’s vertical LED black tinted taillights that only illuminate when these are turned on.
While the exterior is indeed evolutionary, the changes made to the interior are much more significant. The overall theme of the interior design is similar to the Range Rover, which means you get a Pivi Pro infotainment system that consists of a 13.1-inch touch screen that’s complemented by a 13.7-inch fully-digital gauge cluster. Thankfully, the 2023 Range Rover Sport still has a good amount of hard buttons as opposed to the outgoing model that merges all of the climate functions in a touch screen.
As expected in a Range Rover, the quality of the materials is excellent, with a wide variety of textiles, leather (both animal-free versions and the real stuff), wood, and metal trims available for you to choose from. Various versions of the Meridian surround sound are offered on the Range Rover Sport, with the optional 29-speaker version coming with Active Noise Cancellation for a quieter ride.
Powering the 2023 Range Rover is a wide variety of engine choices ranging from three inline-six gasoline and diesel engine choices with varying degrees of electrification. The main headline engine is a 4.4-liter turbo V8 gasoline engine that’s sourced from BMW, and this produces 523 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque. Regardless of engine choice, an 8-speed automatic is your only transmission choice. For the 2024 model year, an all-electric version will be offered.
Engineers of the Range Rover Sport also made improvements to its ride and handling. A new Stormer Handling Pack adds stuff that aims to improve handling, namely Dynamic Response Pro, All-Wheel Steering, an Electronic Active Differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking, and Configurable Programmes drive mode selector.
Dynamic Response Pro is a 48-volt electronic active roll control system, capable of applying up to 1,400Nm of torque across each axle, for a confidence-inspiring driving experience and new levels of body control and cornering composure, while All-Wheel Steering helps achieve unrivaled agility and maneuverability at low speeds, with superior stability at high speeds.
Dynamic Air Suspension introduces switchable-volume air springs for the first time and is fitted to every New Range Rover Sport. The intelligent system enhances the bandwidth of the suspension by varying the pressure within the airbags to deliver traditional Range Rover comfort with the dynamic handling expected from the Range Rover Sport. To optimize responses, the vehicle monitors the road ahead using eHorizon navigation data to pre-emptively prime the vehicle for upcoming bends.
The 2023 Range Rover Sport will go on sale later this year in Europe and North America, while a Philippine launch may happen before the year ends or in Q1 2023.