While all lights are directed to the next-generation Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport is about to carry on in the current form for a couple of more years. Although not a flagship model in the company’s lineup, it is the only model that is available with three rows of seats. That’s one of the main reasons for its great sales numbers, which are pretty impressive even these days, despite the current generation has been around since 2013. The company plans to keep this version in production for a couple of more years. If we consider the recent update that has brought new powertrain options, it seems pretty obvious that the 2021 Range Rover Sport is about to carry on with the familiar design and features.
Of course, that’s not a bad thing at all, considering all the goodies the current model offers. The first thing that comes to mind is the fact that we are talking about one of the most capable off-roaders around. Add to this a luxurious and comfortable cabin, as well as an impressive range of powertrain options, and it becomes obvious why this model still marks pretty impressive sales numbers.
2021 Range Rover Sport Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the current generation is about to remain in production for a couple of more years. The new model won’t come before the company launches the next-generation Range Rover, which is about to hit the market in the next year. Therefore, expect to see the new 2021 Range Rover Sport with familiar design characteristics. This would include all those updates that arrived in the past several years. This includes the 2017 facelift as well, which has brought a new front face and a couple of more interesting novelties.
Still, the strongest point of this SUV has always been its off-road performance. This is where Range Rover Sport really shine and one of the reasons is a full load of off-road aids. One of the highlights is the Terrain Response System. It offers five drive modes and the ability to adjust the suspension and off-road systems in accordance with driving conditions. Furthermore, you can get the upgraded Terrain Response 2, where suspension adjusts automatically and which also adds Rock Crawl mode.
When it comes to interior design, the 2021 Range Rover Sport will also continue in the same way. That means you may count on a pretty impressive interior quality, where hi-end material and amazing craftsmanship dominate. As we already mentioned, this is the only Range Rover that offers three rows of seats. Still, the third row is optional and it isn’t particularly spacious and comfortable. Moreover, it feels cramped and it’s best to be left for kids. Another complaint goes to the cargo area. It is very small for the class, as the overall cargo space doesn’t go over 60 cubic feet.
The cargo area may be short, but the list of standard equipment definitely isn’t something that comes short. All models come standard with tech goodies like dual 10-inch touch screens, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, dual-zone climate control etc. In higher trims, you can also get goodies like a panoramic sunroof, tri- or quad-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, premium audio systems and more.
When it comes to safety features, base models are equipped with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist. In higher trims, you can also get a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, high-speed automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular park assist etc.
2021 Range Rover Sport Engines
Here is another aspect where this SUV really shines. The engine lineup is really impressive and starts with a 355-hp turbo inline-six, which comes with a mild-hybrid system. Also, there is a new PHEV system with 398 horsepower. The 2021 Range Rover Sport Autobiography and HSE will remain the only trim levels where you can get this powertrain option.
Those who prefer even better performances can pick a well-known 5.0-liter V8. It comes in two output variants, with either 525 or 575 horsepower. Finally, there is a diesel version of this mid-size luxury SUV. It features a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that delivers 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.
All engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
2021 Range Rover Sport Release Date and Price
When it comes to the 2021 Range Rover Sport release date, we expect it will be scheduled for the end of the year, considering that no bigger changes to come. The current model starts around 69.000 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in price either. Some of the key rivals are models like Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne etc.