Gaydon, Warwickshire, March 2008
The 2009 Range Rover Sport, one of three updated Land Rover models making their debut at the 78e Salon International de l'Automobile Geneva, includes refreshed exterior trim, new wheel designs and improvements to the interior craftsmanship enhancing the premium feel.
The sales success of Range Rover Sport has continued through 2007 and into 2008, helping Land Rover to a third successive record sales year of 226,000 units. Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director, comments; "Sales have been driven by the hugely popular TDV8 engine, especially in Europe, which offers petrol-like refinement but with 32% better fuel economy."
The exterior enhancements are focused around the refreshed rear end details, which include body color finish to the tailgate trim, revised tread mat (on upper surface of rear bumper), addition of clear-lens rear lights and clear lens side indicators. The dramatic stance of the vehicle is further enhanced with the addition of a second 20 inch wheel style, available in painted silver or diamond turned finish. The new wheel style is complemented with the addition of a shadow chrome finish now available for the first time on the existing 10 spoke 20-inch Alloy wheel.
The introduction of three new metallic paint colors - Santorini Black, Galway Green and Bournville (black with a hint of brown) - further differentiates the 2009 Range Rover Sport.
The desirability of the Range Rover Sport is further enhanced with the introduction of Noble, a metallic plate finish, on the centre console sides, air vent bezels and door pull handles to emphasize the clean architectural graphics of the cabin. Premium leather with diagonal stitching is now available on door inserts in Ebony, Almond and Ivory. To continue the contemporary sporting nature of the cabin, leather seats with Alcantara centre panels have been extended across three color options, with contrast Ivory stitching available with Ebony.
The introduction of acoustic laminated side glass to both driver and passenger windows allows occupants to enjoy the updated cabin whilst experiencing reduced levels of road and wind noise, along with increased levels of security.
"The Range Rover Sport excels in its delivery of on-road performance, best in class comfort and refinement with incredible off-road ability across the world. Range Rover Sport is now regarded as the quintessential sports tourer," says Phil Popham, Land Rover's managing director.
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