'Dynamic' Range Rover Sport to debut in New York
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LONDON -- The new Range Rover Sport premium large SUV will be unveiled March 26 on the eve of the New York auto show ahead of sales later this year, Land Rover said.
"It is Land Rover's most dynamic vehicle yet," John Edwards, Land Rover global brand director, said in a statement that also referred to the Range Rover Sport as the brand's fastest and most agile model.
The automaker declined to provide the top speed or other performance details for the car, which will use the same aluminum platform that helped cut weight by up to 350kg on the brand's recently launched Range Rover flagship.
Media reports say the SUV will be available with seven seats for the first time.
No prices were announced for the new SUV, which fits between the Range Rover Evoque premium medium SUV and the Range Rover.
"Traditionally, we have priced it below Range Rover," a spokesman said. The new Range Rover starts at 89,100 euros ($115,900) in Germany.
Land Rover picked New York for the debut because it is the Range Rover Sport's largest metropolitan market. In addition, the Range Rover Sport is Land Rover's top-selling model in the United States with a volume of 16,491 units last year.
The new Range Rover Sport will share engines with its bigger sibling including a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel and a 3.0-liter V-6 supercharged gasoline. The Sport is also likely to get a version of the hybrid powertrain that will go on sale in the Range Rover this year with a target CO2 figure of 169 grams per kilometer.
Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors, said this month it would launch eight new or refreshed models this year with an investment cost of 2.75 billion pounds (3.16 billion euros).
The new models include the Jaguar F-Type two-seat sports car, while updates include the Evoque with a new nine-speed automatic transmission from German supplier ZF Friedrichhafen, which will make the gearbox at its new U.S. plant in Gray Court, South Carolina.
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