The Range Rover Sport gains Ingenium power, semi-autonomous driving technologies, updated infotainment and a greater scope for personalisation for its 2017 model year facelift. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium turbodiesel is the smallest power unit yet fitted to the Sport, and clearly an effort at extending the appeal of the mid-range model, which has been on sale since 2013.
The Ingenium is already providing sterling service in the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque models and, in the Range Rover Sport, it gives a combined fuel consumption figure of 45.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 164g/km. With its nine-speed transmission, the 0-60mph time is estimated by JLR at a very competitive 8.0 seconds.
The Sport also gains the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine for the facelift. The supercharged V6 develops 335bhp and pushes out CO2 emissions of 243g/km. Would the additional fuel used be worth the cut in 0-60mph time to 7.1 seconds? Given our recent experience of this power unit in the Jaguar XE, we’d say, yes – but only if someone else is paying the fuel bills.
In addition to new engine technology, Land Rover has introduced a number of semi-autonomous driving technologies to the 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.