Range Rover Sport: the washer bottle reveals its roots
The new Range Rover Sport is, on paper, a fine example of smart work from Land Rover, something that’s becoming a trend with this model.
After all, the original was a production version of the 2004 Range Stormer concept car, Land Rover’s first ever styling exercise. History shows it was productionised the following year, and went on to sell 400k highly profitable units in that time.
(@hiltonholloway was once told it was the single most profitable vehicle in the entire Ford group line-up – margins were staggering.)
That original model was based on the Discovery 3’s T5 platform, complete with its utilitarian-chic Geoff Upex interior. Clamour from the market led to 2010’s gentrification facelift, complete with spanglier all-new interior; this new one takes things a step further in terms of decadence.
The smart work this time? Put simply, it’s now based on the all-aluminium Range Rover, rather than a Land Rover, and so automatically enters a different league of sophisticated, refined, luxurious elegance.
But at the press briefing event this week, Land Rover was nevertheless insistent. We are the firm, it said, that makes the best off-roaders in the world: a Land Rover brand fundamental is being the best off-road.
They must first and foremost beat all rivals in the mud. Glitz and chic, on-road performance and prowess are all now fundamentals, but leadership off-road is absolutely obligatory.
Price list clues
And this weekend, I’ve found the perfect illustration of that. The price list for the new Range Rover Sport is quite a thing, allowing customisation of umpteen parameters and the choice of a plethora of leather, wood, trim and colour.
The luxury and tech options are mesmerising, too: air-conditioned seats in the back? Three-zone climate control? 825W Meridian stereo? Virtual instruments? Wifi connectivity for up to eight devices? Check, all.
But there in the price list sits something else: an extra-large additional windscreen washer bottle option. Yours for a bargain price of £30.
Just the job for, despite all the interior bling, those extended runs through the mud and grime a Range Rover Sport is actually built for.
It would be a must-fit for me, because it’s an option that shows that the Range Rover Sport may be more able than ever but still remembers its roots. For all the splendour, it’s a true Land Rover at heart.
Oh, and the very practice of filling two tanks at the fuel station is also rather cool, don’t you think? I reckon a JLR engineer thought the same: leftfield, practical solutions like this are the stuff of dreams for car geeks like them and us.
>>Over to you?: what’s the most unexpected, yet fitting, feature on a car you know of? Go on, indulge me!