Nearly a year after its global debut, the all-new 2023 Range Rover Sport has finally arrived in the Philippines. Redesigned from the ground up, this midsize luxury SUV comes with cutting-edge technology and exquisite craftsmanship that the Range Rover has always been known for, but combines it with excellent on-road driving dynamics that befit a model labeled as “Sport”.
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.
Three variants will be sold in the Philippines–the SE D300, Dynamic SE D300, and Dynamic SE P440e plug-in hybrid. The former focuses more on an elegant aesthetic while the Dynamic SE models cater to a subset of customers who want more sportiness out of their Range Rover Sport. 21-inch wheels are fitted to both variants, but the Dynamic SE variants also benefit from added bronze exterior trim and sportier front and rear bumpers.
Inside, the 2023 Range Rover Sport remains to be a classy luxury SUV. There’s no shortage of handcrafted leather, as well as polished aluminum and/or a wide range of wood trims to choose from. There’s also a 13.1-inch touch screen that’s complemented by a 13.7-inch fully-digital gauge cluster, along with creature comforts such as a Meridian surround sound system that’s offered on all variants and a myriad of powered features such as the seats and tailgate, just to name a few.
As mentioned, there are two engine choices, and the most affordable of the bunch is also ironically the most powerful. That’s the P440e plug-in hybrid, and that’s thanks to how the country’s revised taxation structure now favors vehicles that are fully electric or come with a degree of electrification. The plug-in hybrid model blends a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six gasoline engine and an electric motor, which has a total output of 440 hp and 620 Nm of torque.
The more expensive option is now the SE D300, which as the “D” denotes is fitted with a turbo diesel engine. In this case, it’s a 3.0-liter straight-six that produces 300 hp and 650 Nm of torque. Whatever drivetrain you choose, the Range Rover Sport comes with an 8-speed automatic, and an all-wheel drive (AWD) with Land Rover’s Terrain Management System that lets you switch between various AWD modes on the fly.
In terms of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), the 2023 Rang Rover Sport comes with Emergency Braking, 3D Surround Camera–including front and rear parking sensors, Wade Sensing, ClearSight Ground View, Maneuvering Lights, Driver Condition Monitor, Lane Keep Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The 2023 Range Rover Sport is now available for viewing and order at your nearest Jaguar Land Rover dealership. The Dynamic SE P440e plug-in hybrid starts at P13,490,000, while the SE D300 starts at P13,990,000 and P14,790,000 for the Dynamic SE D300.
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