Update: ‘Price & Release Date’ section updated.
Land Rover has confirmed that it’s launching a Range Rover Sport Electric model as its second EV. The third-generation 2023 Range Rover Sport comes with partial electrification right from day one, and in the not-so-distant future, it will gain 100% electrification. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming electric SUV so far.
The third-gen Range Rover Sport’s reductive design is a good base for a pure electric SUV, both aesthetically and technically. Land Rover has designed it to be as efficient as possible, and it may need to make minimal changes for the Range Rover Sport Electric. Most of its customers worldwide would prefer it in the traditional way, not something offbeat like the Tesla Model X or BMW iX.
Featuring flush glazing and door handles, a hidden waist rail finisher, the longest and largest spoiler ever fitted to a Range Rover, and a contoured underfloor design, the all-new Range Rover Sport is 15% more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor and has a drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd. Active Brake Cooling, which opens the ducts only when additional cooling is required for the brakes, also contributes to this figure. The electric variant may feature more aero enhancements, including a closed upper grille, more slippery bumpers, and specially designed 23-inch wheels, as represented in our render (above).
The interior of the Range Rover Sport Electric could have several modifications, including more sustainable materials, exclusive trim and colors, and reworked electronics. The donor model is available with a wide choice of sustainable materials, including lightweight Ultrafabrics. The 13.7-inch Interactive Driver Display digital instrument cluster and 13.7-inch Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment system will likely display model-specific powertrain information and a special welcome screen.
Thanks to its smooth and silent powertrain, the Range Rover Sport Electric should offer a more comfortable ride than the gas-powered model. This vehicle should be more stable on the highway due to the battery pack mounted low on its floor. The torquey nature of electric powertrain should make driving in cities effortless, and the availability of one-pedal driving may make urban commutes easier. Increased ground clearance, quicker and more precise power delivery, and higher levels of torque vectoring will likely render the electric SUV even more capable during off-roading.
The Range Rover Sport Electric could launch with a standard 85-105 kWh battery pack that offers an EPA-est. range of around 300 miles. Land Rover could offer two motors, one at the front and one at the rear, as standard. However, the power and torque outputs may vary depending on the variant. The company may offer at least two output levels to cater to both economy-focused and performance-focused customers while ensuring its product is competitive enough compared to rivals from Mercedes, Audi, Tesla, and luxury brands.
Land Rover would position the electric variant above the gas-engined model. Besides the environmental benefits of all-electric driving, it should seem more capable (and thus worth the premium price). Therefore, expect at least one variant to produce around 550 hp and dethrone the current 523 hp P530 model. Similarly, the torque could be higher than the P530’s 750 Nm (553 lb.-ft.), probably over 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.). Land Rover may aim for a 0-60 mph sprint time of around 4 seconds. For reference, the P530 does the same in 4.3 seconds.
Price & Release Date
The base Range Rover Sport Electric could cost around USD 100,000 in the U.S. market. Land Rover has confirmed it will launch the Range Rover Sport Electric in the same year as the Range Rover Electric, in 2024.
Electrifying power: Pure-electric propulsion in 2024, and extended range Electric Hybrid from launch with 510 PS, total real-world range of 740 km and CO2 emissions from 18g/km.Land Rover announcing the next-gen Range Rover Sport on May 10, 2022 (via media.landrover.com)
During JLR’s Q2 FY2024 earnings call, the company’s CFO brought up the Range Rover Sport BEV when quizzed about the launches in the next 12 months.
There are obviously some reasonably small but progressive model year upgrades that will just come in a natural cadence. But the big one is our Range Rover, Range Rover Sport BEV.Richard Molyneux, CFO of Jaguar Land Rover, on November 2, 2023
Jaguar Land Rover has tied up with New York-based semiconductor producer Wolfspeed to secure the supply of its Silicon Carbide semiconductors for future electric cars, which will include the Range Rover Sport Electric. The British automaker will use its SiC semiconductors in the inverter of its next-gen EVs.
The Range Rover Sport Electric will be a luxurious five-seat SUV that offers opulence, solid performance, formidable off-road capabilities, and zero tailpipe emissions in one package. While it could beat the Tesla Model X in many aspects, energy efficiency or seating capacity might not be among its wins.
Range Rover Sport Electric FAQs
What is the Range Rover Sport Electric release date?
Land Rover will launch the Range Rover Sport Electric in 2024.
What will be the Range Rover Sport Electric price?
The Range Rover Sport Electric will likely cost around USD 100,000.
Which models will be Range Rover Sport EV rivals?
The Range Rover Sport EV would compete with the Porsche Macan EV & Polestar 3.
Featured Image: TopElectricSUV.com’s rendering of the Range Rover Sport Electric