The Range Rover Sport will soon be available with the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine, delivering 45.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 164g/km.
The 2017 Model Year Range Rover Sport is the first full-sized Land Rover SUV to feature a four-cylinder diesel engine. The 2.0-litre SD4 Ingenium – featuring a second turbocharger – produces 240HP and 500Nm of torque.
The new Range Rover Sport is on sale from winter 2016, with prices starting from £59,700 for 2.0-litre SD4 HSE specification.
Semi-autonomous technology will also debut for 2017.
Advanced Tow Assist technology is a first-in-class feature utilising the existing camera system and central touchscreen, allowing the driver to indicate the desired direction of their trailer using the Terrain Response 2 rotary controller mounted on the centre console. The vehicle will then autonomously steer the vehicle accordingly. All the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals.
As well as making it easier to manoeuvre a trailer, the system will alert the driver if a jack-knife situation is imminent, while the driver can monitor their immediate surroundings for potential hazards using the vehicle’s Surround Cameras.
The 2017 Model Year Range Rover Sport also introduces Low Traction Launch, an all-new system that assists the driver when pulling away from a standstill on unstable surfaces, such as mud, wet grass or ice. The technology can be selected manually using the central touchscreen menu. Alternatively the vehicle will automatically prompt the driver to select Low Traction Launch whenever the Grass/Gravel/Snow mode is selected using the Terrain Response 2 controller.
Once active, Low Traction Launch controls the amount of torque the driver is able to apply when pressing the accelerator. This reduces the likelihood of experiencing a loss of traction. The system automatically disengages above 19mph so it can still be used to negotiate slippery surfaces or inclines once the vehicle is moving.
In addition, for 2017 Model Year, the Range Rover Sport features an enhanced All-Terrain Information Centre, which is accessible via the central touchscreen. It displays useful information when driving off-road, such as the direction of the front wheels and the status of the Wade Sensing system. This also now includes Drive Assist, which uses the vehicle’s surround cameras to help with low-speed manoeuvres when off-road.