The upcoming version of 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is being tested by Land Rover and the test mule has been caught on roads several times. The midsize SUV targeted at a premium market is a rival to those from stables of Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The car is getting a mid-cycle refresh, and it will be launched as the 2018 model. The changes are not drastic but they still deserve a mention.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Redesign
While the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is not going to get huge changes in design, some enhancements are noticeable. The front fascia now has bigger air inlets compared to the existing model. There are vertical lighting accents at sides. The large center grille also looks somewhat revamped. The body more or less looks similar to the current model though trims can alter a bit. The backside is also similar with dual exhaust tips, a sloping rear window, and faux skid plate. New LED taillights, however, can be used. The car will have 20-inches wheels and a sunroof.
The cabin of 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has also got some enhancements. From the spy shots taken, the prominent change is a larger infotainment display. The infotainment setup is likely to have updated software as well. The interior design may also receive some minor changes. Plenty of soft touches materials are likely to be used in its cabin and there will be diverse leather upholstery options.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Engine Options
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is going to get mostly V6 and V8 engines. It may also get a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged unit for the top trim which makes 340 hp. A 5.0-liter supercharged V8 can also be used which makes a whopping 550 hp. The gasoline engines powering the car can help it reach 60 mph from zero under 8 seconds which is not bad for its class. This car also scores well in fuel economy. As expected, the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission will be used with these engines and the car will also be fitted with an AWD setup. The Terrain Response System helps it tackle off roads with ease.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Specs
In safety and entertainment, 2018 Range Rover Sport SUV scores very well. It comes in three trims- SE, HSE, and Supercharged. The base trim gets features like Solar Attenuating Windshield; 5-split spoke alloy wheels, Automatic Headlights, Privacy Glass, Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror and an Eight Speakers audio system. In HSE trim, you get a panoramic roof, heated front seats, Oxford perforated leather seats, Front fog lamps. Top trim gets more features. Safety features include Keyless Entry, Hazard Lights, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and much more. As expected top safety features are available on the top trims. Overall, the car ticks most boxes in safety and amenities.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Pricing and Availability
The 2018 Range Rover Sport may cost $60,000 for the entry level model. For top end trim, it may cross $79000. This is not too much of a hike anyways. It will start selling by the end of 2017. Even though the 2018 model of Range Rover Sport is not getting an overhaul, the minor changes help it tackle the rising competition in the sector well. The car gets a slightly enhanced exterior and the cabin gets some refinements too. Its main rivals are Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5, both having a grand heritage. Price wise, the Porsche can go pretty high up, subject to buyer customizations. The BMW X5 wins the race in price vs features. However, the engine choices and enhanced infotainments setup may help Range Rover Sport hold its ground against the formidable rivals.