The updated 2017 Range Rover Sport now has a SD4 Ingenium diesel engine option – the first application of Jaguar Land Rover’s higher-powered 237bhp/369 lb ft twin-turbo 2.0 Ingenium four-cylinder. The single-turbo Ingenium in the Evoque and Disco Sport only produces 178bhp.
Despite giving away 65bhp and 147 lb ft to the existing 3.0-litre twin-turbo SDV6, Land Rover estimates the sequential turbo equipped four is still able to accelerate the Sport from 0-60mph in 8 seconds (just 0.8sec slower than the SDV6) and return 45.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 164g/km (the SDV6 posts 40.4mpg and 185 g/km). The only way to tell from the outside is a single twin-exit exhaust pipe in place of two single-exit pipes.
If economy and emissions matter less, the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine is now available to UK customers too, after being available to buyers in overseas markets such as North America. Performance-wise Land Rover claims a top speed of 130mph and the 0-60mph dash in 7.1 seconds, with 26.9mpg (although the same engine only manages 22.8mpg* in the US) and CO2 emissions of 243g/km. More of a screamer than a slugger, it wasn’t that well suited to the Discovery 4 when we tried it, so it’ll be interesting to see how it performs in the lighter all-aluminium Sport.
The 2017 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport also come with a raft of new technology that features semi-autonomous driver assists such as Advanced Tow Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking. A wider selection of paints is also available, 19 Premium Palette colours from SVO include matte, satin, and hi-gloss finishes.
A new Drive Pack includes Blind Spot Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition, Reverse Traffic Detection and Intelligent Speed Limiter which automatically adjusts the vehicle speed to match the surrounding speed limits. Driver Condition Monitor analyses data such as steering inputs, road speed and time of day to warn against driver tiredness.
The Drive Pro Pack adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assistant and Intelligent Emergency Braking plus Blind Spot Assist and Lane Assist, which provides gentle corrective steering if you start to veer out of your lane.
There’s plenty of enhanced infotainment and connectivity technology, too. A larger 10in screen that debuted in the Evoque now features in the Range Rover Sport, replacing the previous 8in screen. Hard buttons from the dash have been taken out and move on-screen so you can pinch, zoom and swipe till your heart’s content.
The 2017 model-year Range Rover Sport, including the twin-turbo Ingenium 2.0-litre SD4, goes on sale this winter, priced from £59,700.
*US market combined figure adjusted for Imperial gallons