The evolution of the automotive world is a result of pushing boundaries, creating technologies, asking questions and creating checklists. Decades ago, “simple” things like seat belts, electric windows and central locking were considered a technological advancement. Whereas, in more recent years, factors such as automatic seat adjustment, park-assist and self-driving are key when choosing a vehicle.

With a literal drive to deliver performance, efficiency, convenience and luxury; Land Rover is one such brand that embodies the pioneering spirit inherent in each of their vehicle lines.

Land Rover East Rand offers the best in Land Rover vehicles. Among them is the latest Range Rover Sport Facelift that exhibits refreshed design changes, new powertrains and an interior upgrade that is certain to challenge rivals! I was tremendously thrilled to have the opportunity to test drive this magnificent SUV with experienced Sales Executive, Khaba Mkhize who shared some of the exceptional new features included. Buckle up and let’s go…

Naturally, the Range Rover Sport is exquisitely eye-catching. Adorning the peripheral are the “Shadow Atlas” grille mesh and bright trim, 20-inch 5 split-spoke ‘Style 5084’ alloy wheels and bold front and rear headlights. An exciting new feature included in the facelift is the auto-dimming, power fold, heated door mirrors that dispels unwanted early-morning frost. Privacy glass, sliding panoramic roof, sheen black painted sills and bumper corners also take center stage in the new Facelift.

Adding to this model’s strapping appearance are standard exterior features – roof rack, heated rear window, acoustic laminated windscreen, automatic headlights, Daytime Running Lights and LED tail lights. Impressively versatile, the Automatic Access Height (when activated) allows you to adjust the electronic air suspension, lowering the vehicle by 50mm when at a standstill, so you can get in and out of the vehicle with ease.

These charming good looks and extraordinary features invoke a personal sense of opulence as you board.

Immediately captivating your attention are the 16-way heated front seats – soft and creamy Windsor leather that’s extremely comfortable and include adjustment memory for up to four people. This comes in handy when sharing the vehicle with a significant other, making your preferred seat alignment available automatically, at the touch of a button. Included in the Facelift version are distinctive micro mash aluminum trim finishes and treadplates with the Range Rover Script – for an added sense of refinement.

Storage is ample with two lockable glove boxes, a front-center cooling compartment that fits up to four 500ml bottles, and 780-litres of boot space that extends to 1686-litres when the second-row seats are folded down.

As far as infotainment goes, the facelift has the Meridian™ Surround Sound System, including 19 speakers (yes, 19!). A 10-inch high definition touch screen with Navigation Pro allows you to access various smart settings and save your favourite destinations. The 12.3-inch high resolution Interactive Driver Display allows access to your navigation for an optimal driving experience.

Rear seat entertainment includes two 8-inch built-in screens which include digital wireless WhiteFire® headphones, HDMI, Mobile High-Definition Link and USB connections.

Cruising around East Rand in the 3-litre SDV6 HSE all-wheel drive derivative left me in awe and certainly wanting to experience more of this superb SUV. The steering column is electrically adjustable and has black gearshift paddles – which are not only convenient but stylish and sporty. The 12.3-inch high definition Interactive Driver Display allows you to access all the necessary features included in the vehicle – from driving information and entertainment, to navigation, phone and media whilst still having your speedometer in clear view.

Advanced safety features provide an easy yet sophisticated driving experience – Blind Spot Monitor, Drive Condition Monitor and Rear Traffic Monitor make it nearly impossible to drive into another vehicle. You even have Lane Drift Assist just in case you waver off the road!

Head over to Land Rover East Rand today and speak to the friendly and knowledgeably team for more information on the Range Rover Sport Facelift. Experience the wonder of this stunning machine for yourself – you will not want to leave the showroom without one!

By Inge Stols

Editor: Kersh Moodley