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Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has launched the second-generation Range Rover Sport in the country, and the L494 arrives in three engine variant forms (two petrols and a diesel), all with an HSE equipment level specification.

The solitary diesel unit is the 3.0 litre SDV6, which has 292 PS at 4,000 rpm and 600 Nm at 2,000 rpm for output numbers running off its AJ-V6D Gen III lump (there’s also a lower output 258 PS TDV6, but that’s not coming in, nor is the 339 PS 4.4 litre V8 oil burner). Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 7.2 seconds and a 222 km/h top speed.

As for the petrol variants, there’s the 3.0 litre V6 Supercharged, with 340 PS at 6,500 rpm and 450 Nm at 3,500-4,500 rpm, and the top-of-the-line 5.0 litre V8 Supercharged, the Jag AJ133 mill good for 510 PS at 6,500 rpm and 625 Nm at 2,500-5,500 rpm. All three models feature the same transmission, the eight-speed ZF 8HP70, with CommandShift manual shift mode.

There’s an all-new suspension, and the new RRS is a far lighter vehicle than the old one, weighing up to 420 kg less. Mud-bashers, meanwhile, will be happy to note that the new RRS has a wading depth of 850 mm, an increase of 150 mm over the first-gen L320.

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Standard kit on the 4.85 metre-long permanent four-wheel drive offering includes DSC, traction control, HDC/HSA, gradient release control, roll stability control as well as a Terrain Response 2 system, which is able to switch completely automatically between the five settings (General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl) on call.

There’s also Dynamic Response active lean control, Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential and Torque Vectoring by Braking in addition to Adaptive Dynamics as part of the electronics parcel.

The High Specification Edition moniker brings with it the inclusion of a 12.3-inch high-resolution display for the main instrument pack, with an eight-inch touchscreen display on the centre console for infotainment and secondary functions.

Elsewhere, there are 11 interior colour themes plus additional choice of seat colours, four aluminium interior finishes, three real wood veneers and three headliner colours to pick from for the cabin, though no specific mention was made as to the variations and permutations available for our market.

Seen on the Barolo Black 5.0 litre V8 SC launch vehicle was a Cirrus-based theme (seats, headlining and Cirrus/Ebony-mix dashboard), while the Indus Silver 3.0 V6 petrol had a primary Ebony interior with lighter Cirrus elements providing contrast. Both variants were shod with 21-inch alloys with a diamond-turned finish.

The base RRS seating configuration is as a five-seater, but there’s an option to go the seven-seater path – ticking the box for the powered 5+2 seating with load-through, 60:40 folding rear seats adds RM20,000 to the vehicle price. The optional items list also includes a panoramic sliding roof (RM10,000) and premium metallic paint like Barolo Black (RM9,000).

Base pricing for the 2014 Range Rover Sport starts from RM859,888 for the 3.0L SDV6 Diesel HSE, RM939,888 for the 3.0L Supercharged Petrol HSE Dynamic and RM998,888 for the 5.0L Supercharged Petrol HSE Dynamic, all excluding insurance.

We’ve driven the L494 Range Rover Sport – read our UK test drive report on the SUV.