Tuesday 3 February 2009

Big facelift for big Range Rover Sport

Range Rover is putting the finishing touches on its 2010 Range Rover Sport. The SUV may look as if it was spied in the UK (heavy snow made the UK grind to a halt), but it was spied on a minor road in Northern Sweden, early in the morning.

As you can see from the photos, the revised vehicle will get refreshed headlamps, grille and tail-lights. The latter will be LED's. What is most interesting about the facelifted Range Rover Sport is that it will get new engines. The newly produced 3.0D litre replaces the old PSA 2.7d diesel engine. This should develop 240bhp and 275bhp. The new 3.0d is found in the 2010 Jaguar XF and is likely to make its way under the hood of the 2010 Jaguar XK Facelift, 2010 Jaguar XJ and possibly the 2011 Jaguar XE. A 5.0 litre V8 petrol engine will replace the old 4.2 litre V8, used in the current XK and XJ. This is likely to produce 385bhp and 510bhp. The 5.0 litre V8 is be used in the 2010 Jaguar XJ and 2010 Jaguar XF-R. This will have lower emissions and bettr fuel economy over the current 4.2 litre V8.

In addition, a micro-hybrid using stop-start technology and based around the 3.0 litre V6 diesel will be the first to be launched in the Land Rover Discovery 3, Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XF and Jaguar XJ in 2010. This system will improve economy and lower emissions by 10%.

The revised RR Sport will reach showrooms in Spring, with a replacement penned for 2012/2013.

Via GlobalMotors.net > 2010 Range Rover Sport facelift

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