Range Rover Sport gets its smallest, most efficient engine yet and some semi-autonomous features for the 2017 range
Doug Revolta Autocar
17 August 2016

The Range Rover Sport will go on sale later this year, priced from £59,700 with Jaguar Land Rover’s 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine. The model also gets an upgraded infotainment system and semi-autonomous driving features.

JLR says the four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine is the smallest unit yet used in the Range Rover Sport, with a claimed 45.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 164g/km.

Named SD4 HSE, the Range Rover Sport with that engine manages the 0-60mph dash in 8.0sec and is the new entry-level option in the Range Rover Sport range, priced from £59,700. It replaces the 3.0-litre SDV6 as the entry-level model.

Cars with this engine will be distinguished by a single twin-exhaust, as opposed to the standard twin pipe exhaust of other models.

A supercharged, all-aluminium V6 3.0-litre petrol engine with 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque has also been added to the range, sitting below the two 5.0-litre V8 variants. The 3.0-litre model has a claimed 26.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 243g/km and a 0-60mph time of 7.1sec.

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The semi-autonomous features include Low Traction Launch, which helps pull away on low-grip surfaces by controlling the amount of torque the driver can apply, as well as towing, autonomous emergency braking, blindspot assistance and an intelligent speed limiter.

When activated, the speed limiter uses traffic sign recognition to read speed limit signs and prevent the car from exceeding the limit.

Another new safety feature in the Range Rover Sport is a driver condition monitor that analyses steering inputs, the time of day and journey time to detect signs of driver fatigue; if they are detected it sends a warning to the driver.

The infotainment system gets a bigger 10.0in touchscreen display, with Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro, and this has removed some buttons from the dashboard, replacing them with on-screen buttons. The system can learn drivers’ regular routes and send car data and walking directions to the driver’s smartphone.

A wider selection of paint colours is also available, with a new Bright Pack - optional on Autobiography Dynamic models - that brightens metallic exterior trim.

The model year updates for the Range Rover Sport follow the Range Rover upgrades announced recently, which also gets semi-autonomous tech and new engines.

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17 August 2016
Good luck with that.

A34

17 August 2016
Welcome to the late 2010s. JLR are following Volvo's X90 here. With a smooth auto and lots of sound insulation it should be ok driven on the torque. Might even be reliable!

jer

17 August 2016
Are you sure? must be a pretty remarkable update to the 178ps version fitted to other JLR cars.

17 August 2016
jer wrote:

Are you sure? must be a pretty remarkable update to the 178ps version fitted to other JLR cars.

No no, you misread. The 2.0 replaces the 3.0 as the entry model. The new entry level is the 2.0. The 3.0 sdv6 continues as before.

And will, no doubt, continue as the most popular engine.

17 August 2016
Doesn't seem right to have such a small engine in a Range Rover.

17 August 2016
It must be upgraded compared to the std 178hp version- perhaps a twin turbo version at 215-225hp

17 August 2016
It is, but has 237 Bhp. Will feature in discovery sport shortly as a third option.

17 August 2016
If it's nought to sixty sprint is 8 seconds then it seems just acceptable as an entry level unit in a world enamoured with downsizing in the name of efficiency and MPG. And as elsewhere suggested this engines power output must have been substantially upgraded to enable this rather imposing car for an eight second sprint.

17 August 2016
Not proud of my maths but this one could be up to 50bhp up on the same unit used elsewhere. That's a near 30 per cent hike. In future this configuration may appear in smaller JLRs.

17 August 2016
fadyady wrote:

Not proud of my maths but this one could be up to 50bhp up on the same unit used elsewhere. That's a near 30 per cent hike. In future this configuration may appear in smaller JLRs.

Yes, the engine is already been tested in discovery sport and Evoque. Think it will feature as an option on higher spec cars. DS 0-60 in 6.7 seconds.

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