The Range Rover Sport has been branded as a capable off-roader with a hint of sports car-like performance. But is that all there really is to the legendary Range Rover's more agile sibling? According to Land Rover, the answer is no.
The British luxury off-road maker has packed its new 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder Ingenium turbo engine underneath the Range Rover Sport's hood, promising high output and even higher fuel efficiency.
The little diesel lump packs tech goodies like a low-pressure turbocharger, integrated manifold, and variable geometry design that result in a potent 236hp and an earth-pulling 500Nm. What is equally amazing is that it can do around 19km/L on a combined city/highway cycle, Land Rover claims.
While no performance data was given, the new motor promises almost the same quick acceleration as its 542hp supercharged gasoline counterpart—the Range Rover Sport SVR. Sure, it may not be as fast as the latter's 4.5 second 0-100kph time, but it should be more than enough, especially for an oil-burner.
Apart from the new mill, the Range Rover Sport also receives a slew of new technologies for 2017. Just like the Range Rover Autobiography Dynamic Edition that we featured, the sporty Range now has Advanced Tow Assist, an Intelligent Speed Limiter, and Blind Spot Assist. The last feature automatically countersteers if it detects an obstacle when attempting to change lanes or make a turn.
Capping things off are niceties like a large dual-view touchscreen to help control the patented InControl infotainment system, and Low Traction Launch to pull away on low-grip surfaces. So yeah, this Rover is sporty, rugged and now fuel efficient too. We wonder what it'll come up with next.