NEW YORK -- The Range Rover Sport, redesigned for 2014 and slimming down like the rest of the brand's lineup, is shifting to an aluminum architecture and gaining a third row of seats.
It is being unveiled at the New York auto show this week.
The Sport is Range Rover's best-selling SUV by a wide margin, and the New York metropolitan area is its biggest global market, Land Rover says.
Last year Land Rover sold 16,491 Sports in the United States, up 8 percent from 2012.
The 2014 model shares components with the more expensive redesigned Range Rover that went on sale late last year. The Sport goes on sale this fall.
Prices start at $63,495 for the SE V-6 model, an increase of about $2,000 from the current version. The Sport will top out at $93,295, for the supercharged V-8 Autobiography, up from $87,790 for the 2013 Autobiography. All prices include freight.
The previous Range Rover Sport shared a platform with the Land Rover LR4. The new model has an aluminum body and chassis. It is 800 pounds lighter than the current steel integrated body-on-frame model.
Land Rover calls the new third row "occasional seats," suitable for children, teenagers or small adults.
The Range Rover Sport has updated styling and improved aerodynamics to enhance handling and fuel economy. The body features a sloping roofline and the traditional clamshell hood, side fender vents and wheel arches. The front end has a "modern, streamlined appearance," Land Rover said.
With a length of 191 inches, it is 2.5 inches longer than the current model and 5.9 inches shorter than the new-generation Range Rover. The wheelbase is 115 inches, 7 inches longer than the current Sport model, allowing for better access to the rear seats. It is 100 pounds lighter than the Range Rover.
According to Land Rover, the reduction in weight gives the Sport more agile handling.
"With Land Rover capability at its heart, it is one of the most road-focused vehicles we've ever produced, but of course still offers unsurpassed all-terrain capability," John Edwards, Land Rover's global brand director, said in a statement. "Building on the success of the recently launched flagship Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport also employs a vast array of new technologies which help to transform its performance, refinement and all round capabilities."
The Range Rover Sport has a new standard 3.0-liter supercharged 340-hp V-6 engine. A 5.0-liter supercharged 510-hp V-8 is optional. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines.
Land Rover added a start/stop feature to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Fuel economy figures will be released later, Land Rover says.