Land Rover Debuts 2016 Range Rover Sport with 380PS HST Version

The New York International Auto Show takes place next week, playing host to the unveiling of the new Range Rover Sport HST.

The HST is the latest addition to the hugely popular Range Rover Sport line-up that will provide an enhanced driving experience thanks to its high performance 380HP 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine, unique chassis settings and several enhanced design features.

The Vehicle Programme Director at Range Rover Sport, David Mitchell said: “The HST extends our Range Rover Sport line-up giving customers even greater choice. Sitting between the existing 340PS Range Rover Sport 3.0-litre V6 supercharged and the 550PS supercharged variant, it delivers enhanced V6 performance to go with the Range Rover Sport's renowned comfort and refinement."

The new HST has received several upgrades to both the exterior and interior design which give the luxury SUV a more distinctive and dynamic look. The hallmark of the exterior design is a new striking black theme which contrasts well with the front and rear Stealth Pack lamps and Santorini Black contrast roof, giving the HST a more purposeful profile. 21-inch alloy wheels with an exclusive dark satin grey finish help to highlight the red uprated brake callipers.

The interior has been given a number of impressive upgrades too that give the HST a classy, stylish feel. Eye-catching dual tone seats with a luxurious Oxford Leather trim combine with an all-ebony centre console and door trims to create a unique environment. The dashboard features a bespoke HST badge that also features on the carpet mats and the TFT instrument panel, and the sporty cues continue with the addition of 'Sports' pedals and Noble-plated paddle shift gear levers on the steering wheel.

Order books for the Range Rover Sport HST will open at the beginning of April, with prices set to be announced later in the year.

In addition to the new HST Model, Land Rover also announced that they will be making a range of enhancements to the 2016 Model Year Range Rover Sport, with the design team fully focused on increasing practicality and desirability.

Land Rover will introduce Stop/Start technology on the SDV8 diesel engine in order to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy, while the arrival of the latest SDV6 Hybrid Technology will see the CO2 emissions drop from 169g/km to 164g/km.

The InControl Remote system has been renamed the InControl Protect for 2016. This innovative technology will provide even greater functionality – allowing drivers to check fuel levels remotely, automatically contact emergency services in the event of an accident, lock and unlock the vehicle remotely, reset the alarm and sound the horn and flash the lights to help find your vehicle in crowded car parks.

All 2016 Range Rover Sport models will also be fitted with Terrain Response 2 technology for advanced off road capability along with New Auto Access Height to improve ease of entry and exit – automatically lowering the vehicle to access height when the door is opened.

Land Rover has also made a concerted effort to improve the practicality with the availability of a Gesture Tailgate. This allows the owner to lower the tailgate simply by waving their foot underneath the rear of the vehicle – perfect for loading heavy boxes without having to put them down.

The 2016 model year Range Rover Sport will also be available to order from April with the first deliveries arriving late in the summer.