Land Rover says the Range Rover Sport 2.0-litre SD4 Ingenium will be the most efficient model variant ever, returning 45.6 mpg and emitting 164 g/km CO2.
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Crucially, it’s a new version of the Ingenium diesel Land Rover’s launching in the Range Rover Sport – a 240 hp SD4 with two turbochargers. It’s JLR’s first self-built engine to feature series sequential turbos; we can expect to see it subsequently roll out in hot diesel Jaguar XE and XF models.
Not that the four-pot Range Rover Sport will shout about what’s under the bonnet, despite producing a hefty 368 lb-ft of torque (and 0-60 mph in 8.0 seconds): the sole differentiator will be a single twin-exhaust at the rear, rather than the dual exhausts either side of the rear bumper seen on other engine variants.
Oh, and a price cut: the downsized engine brings a sub-£60,000 price tag, with the range starting at £59,700 for the 2.0-litre SD4 HSE.
HSE Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic and SVR variants will also be offered, with the range topping at £96,900 for the 550 hp SVR. Sales start winter 2016.
For those who can’t do with fewer than six cylinders, Land Rover is also introducing a new petrol option, the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged motor from the Jaguar F-Type. This produces 340 hp for 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds, but you’ll pay for it at the pumps: combined economy is just 26.9 mpg.
But then, it does cost £64,600, £4,100 less than the comparable 3.0 SDV6 HSE Dynamic diesel variant (this diesel averages 40.4mpg).
2017 Range Rover Sport: spec changes
New semi-autonomous tech is offered on the 2017 Range Rover Sport, such as Advanced Tow Assist, Blind Sport Assist and an Intelligent Speed Limiter. There’s also Low Traction Launch that helps pull-aways on slippery surfaces.
The latest InControl Touch Pro tech already offered on many Jaguars now makes its way to the Range Rover Sport: expect the bigger 10-inch dial-view touchscreen to feature on many dealer demonstrators.
Those after more flash for their cash can option a Bright Pack on Autobiography Dynamic models: glitzier features include Atlas Silver front grill and bonnet mesh.
There are 19 expensive new colours as well, including satin finishes.
2017 Range Rover Sport: prices
- 2.0 SD4 240 HSE: £59,700
- 3.0 SDV6 306 HSE: £63,100
- 3.0 SDV6 306 HSE Dynamic: £68,700
- 3.0 SDV6 306 Autobiography Dynamic: £80,300
- 3.0 SDV6 354 Hybrid HSE Dynamic: £75,200
- 3.0 SDV6 354 Hybrid Autobiography Dynamic: £86,800
- 4.4 SDV8 339 Autobiography Dynamic: £86,800
- 3.0 V6 S/C 340 HSE Dynamic: £64,600
- 5.0 V8 S/C 510 Autobiography Dynamic: £86,800
- 5.0 V8 S/C 550 SVR: £96,900