2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The full-size Range Rover is usually out of reach of many
buyers. However, the automaker offers a less expensive
alternative that still offers the highest level of performance.
The model is the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. For the
2016 model year, the automaker has tweaked the model to offer
an improved performance, convenience and comfort levels.

The model will feature a new turbo-diesel engine as well as a
V-6 powered trim dubbed the HST. The exterior look is borrowed
from the Evoque and the current full-size Range Rover. The
model is based on the Range Rover unibody platform. Read along
to find out more:

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Exterior

As said in the introduction, the model features both the Evoque
and full-size Range Rover features. The front looks slim with a
black grille which is adopted form the Evoque. The grille is
flanked by winged headlights which are also adopted from the
Evoque.  The roofline is also similar to that of the
Evoque. The model is offered in six trim levels which are SE,
HSE, Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography and
SVR.  A new HST trim has been added for the 2016 model
year.

The HST features front and rear lights that are tinted compared
to the other trims. Its grilles, roof, pillars, and rear
spoiler feature a Santorini Black finish. It also features
21-inch satin grey wheels and an option for 21-inch Stealth
alloy wheels. The HST badge is also used on a number of
surfaces to differentiate it from the others.

Back to the regular trims, the SE features 19-inch alloy
wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights and DRLs, and heated
and power-folding mirrors.

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The HSE features a panoramic sunroof, fog lights and 20-inch
wheels while the Supercharged and the Supercharged Dynamic add
21-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels and red brake calipers. The
Autobiography on the other hand adds adaptive headlights with
auto high beams. The range topping SVR comes with 21-inch
wheels and a sport-tuned suspension.

There is a host of other features offered as standalone options
including 22-inch wheels.

All models feature a new fully-independent air suspension. The
suspension helps the models to trample the harsh terrains
without much resistance. It features new air springs which are
pneumatically cross-linked to simulate articulation previously
only offered with solid axles.

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Interior

Sliding inside to its spacious interior, you will meet a cabin
that offers premium luxury, comfort, convenience and all the
space you need. While the exterior borrows much from the
Evoque, the cabin is all Range Rover. The cabin is full of
soft-touch materials with leather being the standard upholstery
material.

The model accommodates five passengers but you can opt for a
third row seat to increase capacity to seven. The base model
features 14-way power seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel
and a dual-zone climate control. Its steering wheel is also
sport-inspired and features a small diameter. Aluminum is used
on the dash and door panels.

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The model is fitted with an 8.0-inch touch-screen that
integrates navigation, entertainment and connectivity functions
like Bluetooth and voice command. You can also control the
infotainment system via knobs and buttons. There are several
12-volt power sockets to ensure your devices are always
running. The model also offers three USB ports to keep you and
your passengers connected.

The instrument cluster features two round-shaped analogue
gauges with a 5-inch TFT in between them. The TFT displays a
wide range of information about the vehicle.

The third row of seats takes up most of the vehicle’s cargo
space. The third row is tight in terms of legroom and is only
suitable for the young ones. When not needed, the third row
folds flat to increase cargo space. Without the third row seat,
the vehicle offers 27.7 cubic feet of cargo space which expands
to 62.2 cubic feet upon folding of the 2nd row seats.

The cabin gets more exquisite and exotic as you climb up the
ladder to the top-of-the range SVR.

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Engine Specs and performance

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is offered in 3 different
drive-trains. The first engine is a 3.0 L supercharged V-6.
This engine produces 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The mill
is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine is
fitted on the base SE and HSE trims where it is EPA rated to
return 17 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highway drives. The engine
accelerates to 60 mph from standstill in 6.9 seconds and has a
top speed of 130 mph.

The second engine is a 3.0 L turbodiesel V-6 which is new for
2016. This engine produces 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. This
engine powers the SE Td6 and HSE Td6. The engine is also paired
with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It is rated at 21 mpg
city and 27 mpg on highway.  The HST trim is equipped with
a similar V-6 engine which is tweaked to produce 380 hp and
helps the model to reach 60 mph from standstill in 6.9 seconds.

The last engine is a supercharged 5.0 L, V-8 which is good for
a whopping 510 horses and 461 lb-ft of torque. The engine
powers the Supercharged and the Autobiography trims. It powers
the models to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds and reach
a top speed of 140 mph. I must say this is quite impressive for
a vehicle its size. However, this is not the most powerful or
fastest Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The engine is further
tweaked on the range-topping SVR where it runs from 0-60 mph in
4.5 seconds which is an amazing speed for an SUV and attains a
top speed of 162 mph. The engine is rated at 14 mpg in city and
19 mpg on highway. Like the others, this engine is also hooked
up with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

According to the automaker, all models can tow as much as 7,700
pounds when they are well equipped.

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Price and release date

The base SE trim has a starting price of 4 around $65,000; the
HSE attracts around $ 70,000. The Supercharged trim on the
other hand starts at around $80,000, adding a Dynamic package
to the Supercharged trim hikes the price to $ 83,000. The
Autobiography will set you back $93,300 while the
performance-focused SVR attracts a whopping $111,000.

The model comes with a host of packages and optional features
depending on the trim level. They include a third row of seats
which will cost you between $ 2,000 and $2,750 depending on the
trim. A Tow Package costs between $600 and $900. A rear
entertainment package is worth $ 2,000.

For the audiophiles, a 19-speaker Meridian sound system will
set you back $ 1,100 while a 23-speaker system will set you
back as much as $6,300, a price that can almost get you a brand
new mini-car in some parts of Asia like in India.

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Competition

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has a number of rivals.
The rival models include the BMW X5, Cadillac
Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Audi Q7. The
Porsche Cayenne S, Infiniti
QX80 and
Lincoln MKX will also pose some rivalry.