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MY2017 Range Rover Sport update announced, debuts 2.0TT 4cyl option

Land Rover has unveiled the 2017 Range Rover Sport. It’s labelled as the most advanced and efficient version to ever hit the roads.

2017 Range Rover Sport-silver

In the spirit of out with the old, the Range Rover has ditched its 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel powertrain in favour of an all-new Ingenium powertrain; the first 2.0-litre diesel to be fitted to a full-sized Range Rover model.

JLR says this is its most efficient Range Rover Sport to hit the market, with the twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre SD4 Ingenium diesel powertrain good for 177kW of power and 500Nm of torque, comparative to its replacement despite being two cylinders short. The new powertrain sips just 6.2L/100km and emits 164g/km of CO2, according to JLR.

To compliment the introduction of its most efficient model ever, Land Rover is throwing in even more technology, including an industry-first semi-autonomous towing assist feature. The system is said to assist inexperienced drivers by allowing them to select a nearby destination, taking control of the steering. Land Rover says the driver will still have to maintain control of the throttle and brakes. The feature will also alert the driver of any imminent jack-knife risks. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief design officer, said:

“Range Rover Sport is the ultimate performance SUV and the latest model enhances its luxury status and desirability. The design developments sit seamlessly alongside innovative new technologies, making Range Rover Sport more composed, sustainable and relevant than ever.”

As we’ve come to expect with new Range Rovers, they are packaged with an increasingly impressive amount of technology, and the MY2017 is no different. On top of the existing all-terrain functions, there’s a new low traction launch feature which maintains traction when taking off on surfaces like ice, mud or grass.

On the safety front, the 2017 Range Rover Sport now receives autonomous emergency braking as standard, with blind-spot monitoring, reverse traffic detection, and optional extras in the Drive Pack. The Drive Pro Pack adds adaptive cruise control, intelligent emergency braking, blind-spot assist and lane keep assistance.

Inside, there’s a larger 10-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, complete with pinch and zoom functions similar to your smartphone, as well as the usual lashings of luxurious upholstery and materials, which can be personalised provided you don’t mind paying a bit extra.

The 2017 Range Rover Sport will be available for purchase early next year, with prices starting at AU$90,900 (plus on-roads) for the base 2.0-litre SD4 S. See below for full prices and spec range:

Engine

Cylinders

Power (kW)

Torque (Nm)

2.0-litre SD4

FOUR

177

500

3.0 TDV6

SIX

190

600

3.0-litre SDV6

SIX

225

700

4.4-litre SDV8

EIGHT

250

740

5.0-litre supercharged V8

EIGHT

375

625

5.0-litre supercharged V8 (SVR only)

EIGHT

405

680

 

Model

Recommended Retail Price

2.0L SD4 S

$90,900

3.0L TDV6 SE

$103,900

3.0L SDV6 SE

$114,800

3.0L SDV6 HSE

$132,000

3.0L SDV6 HSE Dynamic

$138,600

3.0L SDV6 Autobiography

$169,800

3.0L SDV6 Hybrid Autobiography Dynamic

$187,900

4.4L SDV8 HSE

$147,300

4.4L SDV8 HSE Dynamic

$153,600

3.0L V6 S/C HSE

$130,300

5.0L V8 S/C HSE Dynamic

$169,100

5.0L V8 S/C Autobiography Dynamic

$196,800

5.0L V8 S/C SVR

$233,500

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.