The 2017 Range Rover Sport gets a new entry-level 2.0-litre diesel and a 3.0-litre petrol engine plus new technology
The 2017 Range Rover Sport gets two new engines, including an entry-level 2.0-litre diesel, new technology and revisions to the Dynamic trim.
First for the Range Rover Sport is the introduction of the all-aluminium 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, which already features in the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander Sport. The twin-turbo SD4 develops 237bhp and 369lb ft of torque, getting from 0-60 in 8.0 seconds.
More importantly is the economy of the engine. A combined cycle claims to return 45.6mpg but the engine will be targeted at company car users as the SD4 emits 164g/km of CO2. That translates to a company car BIK tax banding of 32%, which is significantly lower than the current best of 37% with the 3.0 SDV6 and matches the more expensive SDV6-hybrid.
There’s also a new 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol which adds some punch. It develops 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque. That means it’ll sprint from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds, with a claimed combined fuel economy of 26.9mpg. However, it has CO2 emissions of 243g/km, which puts it in the top company car BIK tax band.
New for 2017 is a Bright Work pack for the Autobiography Dynamic trim, which includes an Atlas Silver front grille mesh and Atlas Silver bonnet mesh. There also more paint colours to choose from across the range.
A week after the 2017 Range Rover was announced with new engines and technology, much of the same tech finds its way into the smaller Range Rover Sport, including Advanced Driver Assistance, Advanced Tow Assist, Low Traction Launch and InControl Touch Pro for the infotainment system.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, rear park distance control and cruise control with speed limiter.
The emergency braking system uses a forward-facing camera to detect a potential collision before automatically applying the brakes if the driver has failed to do so.
An optional Drive Pack provides traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, driver condition monitoring (to make sure the driver isn’t drowsy) and a clever intelligent speed limiter, which automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to correlate with the local speed limits.
Advanced tow assist uses the cars surround cameras to assist when reversing with a trailer attached, adding useful guidelines to follow. It’s also capable of automatically steering the car to a pre-selected route.
Low traction launch is designed to aid pullaway on slippery surfaces such as snow, ice or wet grass.
The infotainment system now gets InControl Touch Pro, which uses a new 10in dual-view touchscreen display, while a navigation map can be sent to the instrument binnacle. Additional features include remote functions to control the climate control, alarm and even start the engine.
A new commute mode learns the routes that you take most regularly and can recommend the best route to avoid current traffic delays and can also share your ETA with whoever you choose, through your smartphone.
The 2017 model goes on sale from December 2016 with prices starting from £59,700 for 2.0-litre SD4 HSE.