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.
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.