At 2017 Model Year, Range Rover Sport will debut the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine, manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s own engine plant in Wolverhampton. Already available on both Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque models, Ingenium is Jaguar Land Rover’s new breed of engine designed for effortless performance, refinement and efficiency. Its advanced technology and all-aluminium construction contribute to impressive fuel consumption (45.6mpg) and CO2 emissions (164g/km) and a 0-60 time of 8.0 seconds (manufacturer’s estimated data).
UK customers will also have the option of specifying Jaguar Land Rover's 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine from 2017 Model Year. The supercharged V6 achieves 340HP and 450Nm of torque combined with CO2 emissions of 243g/km. Effortless acceleration and power delivery produces a 0-60 time of 7.1s.
In addition to new engine technology, Land Rover introduces a series of semi-autonomous driving technologies to Range Rover Sport. Advanced Tow Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Intelligent Speed Limiter work alongside existing features to elevate driver aids to an even greater level of convenience and safety.
Peerless all-terrain capability remains a cornerstone of the Range Rover family and the 2017 Model Year Range Rover Sport includes a selection of new features. Low Traction Launch makes it easier for drivers to pull away on low-grip surfaces while the updated 4x4i menu presents all the necessary vehicle information when tackling challenging terrain.
The enlarged dual-view touchscreen features a new 10-inch display for greater ease-of-use and clarity and features tablet-style pinch and zoom orientation. This is powered by Land Rover’s market-leading InControl Touch Pro technology, making this the most connected Range Rover Sport to date.
Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “Our customers love Range Rover Sport and for 17 Model Year it gets even better. It’s brimming with exciting technology for even better on and off-road driving; it has next-generation infotainment and advanced safety features as standard, better economy and running costs, and all for under £60,000.”
2017 Range Rover Sport engine options in more detail:
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 produces 240HP and 500Nm of torque, and is capable of returning 45.6mpg on the EU combined cycle with emissions of 164g/km (manufacturer’s estimated data).
The introduction of a second turbocharger to the Ingenium engine has been significant in retaining the impressive power output and strong torque characteristics familiar to Range Rover Sport customers. The advanced engine is the first Jaguar Land Rover-built unit to feature series sequential turbo technology.
Vehicles fitted with the new engine will be distinguished by a single twin-exhaust configuration. Other derivatives retain the existing set-up, with a single exhaust on each side of the rear bumper.
Elsewhere in the range, the new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine features lightweight all-aluminium construction. Combining supercharging with direct-injection and variable intake, and incorporating exhaust valve timing, this engine delivers exceptional throttle response, linear power delivery and a unique soundtrack. A single balancer shaft enhances smooth-running and refinement befitting the Range Rover badge.
2017 semi-autonomous technology in detail:
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.
Market-leading all-terrain capability is a Land Rover trademark and 2017 Model Year Range Rover Sport takes breadth of capability to new levels introducing 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, 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.
A simplified selection of advanced driver assistance packs is also available with the updated Range Rover Sport. All derivatives have a comprehensive suite of safety technologies as standard including Front & Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter and Lane Departure Warning. For 2017 Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) joins that list. AEB monitors the surroundings and will warn the driver if a collision is imminent, before intervening and braking if the driver fails to apply the brakes sufficiently.
Optional on HSE and HSE Dynamic is the new Drive Pack which contains an additional set of features; Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Reverse Traffic Detection, while Intelligent Speed Limiter is a new feature for 2017. Intelligent Speed Limiter uses Traffic Sign Recognition to read speed limit signs and automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed accordingly. Once the driver has accepted the on-screen prompts they will be unable to exceed this limit unless they cancel the command.
Driver Condition Monitor is another new addition. It analyses steering inputs and takes into account factors such as the time of day and journey time to warn the driver if signs of fatigue are detected.
The Drive Pro Pack includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking and adds Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist for 2017. Blind Spot Assist monitors for vehicles approaching from behind or those in the driver’s blind spot. If the driver begins to change lanes in circumstances that could pose a risk of a collision, the vehicle will automatically apply a steering input to prevent an accident. Lane Keep Assist provides corrective steering inputs if the driver veers out of their lane without indicating.
2017 enhanced infotainment and connectivity in detail:
One of the most significant features of 2017 Range Rover Sport is the introduction of InControl Touch Pro, with a larger central touchscreen display. As a result the infotainment system features smoother controls and a wider range of connectivity options and apps than ever before.
The larger screen measures 10-inches, a significant increase over the previous eight-inch design. The increased dimensions have allowed Land Rover’s interior design team to remove the hard keys previously required, resulting in a cleaner facia with no compromise to functionality. In addition, the TFT Virtual Instrument Panel allows drivers to choose full or partial satellite navigation information.
One of the key aspects of InControl Touch Pro is the ability to pinch and zoom when navigating maps, or swipe through menu screens as you would on a smartphone or tablet. Functions now require fewer actions, improving ease of use and minimising driver distraction.
The introduction of the latest infotainment system delivers bespoke apps for functions such as music playback, contacts and calendars that are mirrored on the central touchscreen when the driver’s smartphone is connected to the vehicle.
The new Pro Services system allows customers to download apps and install them directly to the vehicle’s InControl Touch Pro system, rather than being used through their smartphone, and the Live Apps include live data such as news, weather reports and a flight tracker.
InControl Remote Premium allows drivers to control a number of vehicle functions remotely using the dedicated smartphone app. Owners can check data such as the mileage or fuel level, lock and unlock the vehicle and even adjust the climate control settings.
There have also been significant upgrades for the fully integrated satellite navigation system. Commute Mode is an intuitive new function that learns regular journeys so customers don’t have to set a destination manually. It recognises frequent trips and automatically redirects drivers if the regular route is congested. Door-to-door Routing allows the customer to set a route using the Land Rover app and transfer it to the vehicle. Once the vehicle is parked, final directions to the destination can be viewed on a smartphone so customers can complete their journey on foot.
A new Bright Pack will be offered as an option on Autobiography Dynamic models on 2017 Model Year Range Rover Sport. It brings a more vivid finish, with features such as Atlas Silver front grille mesh and Atlas Silver bonnet mesh.
Furthermore, customers looking for an even greater level of exclusivity will be able to choose from an extended palette of colour options and finishes. 19 new premium colours have been introduced by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division for 2017 Model Year ranging from contemporary pearlescent whites to sophisticated greys in luxurious high-gloss and new satin finishes.
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.”