The new Range Rover Sport puts its paces in Segovia

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The new Range Rover Sport puts its paces in Segovia

Segovia is situated on the plains of Old Castile and is best known for its medieval castle, Alc zar of Segovia, which served as one of the templates that inspired the design of Walt Disney's Cinderella Castle.

Segovia's Old Town, rich in cultural, religious and architectural history, was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985.

This is not a fairy tale landscape.

These parched plains were a stark contrast to the pomp and pageantry going on in Jaguar Land Rover's homeland, as this was the week that the late Queen Elizabeth II was lying in state after her passing.

Range Rovers have been famously associated with the British royal family for decades, and one could not help but notice the glaring symbolism between how the arid landscape paralleled the sombre mood of not just a nation, but a world mourning the loss of the longest-reigning British monarch.

The staid terrain lent itself perfectly to put the new Range Rover Sport through its paces on an off-roading course.

It's been 17 years since the Range Rover SportRange Rover Sport was introduced to the world, and this third-generation iteration is the first Range Rover to ever be fitted with the new Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control.

We arrive at Hotel Rural Caserio de Aldeallana, and shortly before stopping for lunch at this exceedingly idyllic location, we are guided to a designated off-roading course to test this sweet new feature in the remote Segovian countryside. It is a little unnerving at first, going off-road and manoeuvring this 2.8 tonne luxury SUV through said terrain. The vehicle takes on challenging terrain confidently, powered by the dynamic Intelligent All-Wheel Drive iAWD technology that intuitively anticipates where traction is needed and when to ease off.