0-60 mph (0-96 kph) takes eight seconds. Is it fast enough to make it worthy of the 'Sport' name?

The Range Rover Sport is not immune to the downsizing trend which is why for the 2017 model year it has gained a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine from the Ingenium family. The SD4 unit delivers 240 horsepower (177 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque which is enough to grant the SUV with a sprint to 60 mph (96 kph) in 8 seconds, making it 1.2 seconds slower than the previous entry-level, the 306-hp 3.0 SDV6. Fitted with the smaller engine, the Range Rover Sport will top out at 128 mph (206 kph).

It’s going to kick off at £59,700 in United Kingdom where the aforementioned V6-powered model in the same HSE trim will cost £63,100. Keep in mind the four-cylinder Range Rover Sport will only have a single twin-exhaust tip, whereas all the other engines are going to come with a single exhaust on each side of the rear bumper.

The 2017 model year also welcomes a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine rated at 340 hp (250 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) to enable a 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) run in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph (209 kph). Land Rover U.K. is asking £64,400 for the engine in the HSE Dynamic trim.

Besides gaining two engines, the 2017 Range Rover Sport also brings a 10-inch touchscreen display with InControl Touch Pro which has enabled a less cluttered dashboard by incorporating some of the physical buttons in the infotainment system. The model year change also adds a number of safety and assistance systems, including Low Traction Launch, Advanced Tow Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Intelligent Speed Limiter

The 2017 Range Rover Sport will go on sale in U.K. in December and is going to cost as much as £96,900 for the range-topping 550-hp SVR version. The U.S. model is programmed to go on sale towards the end of the year from $65,650 (excluding $995 destination & handling) in the LR 3.0 Liter Td6 Turbocharged Diesel guise. It gets just about the same array of tech updates as its European counterpart, but the four-cylinder diesel won't make it stateside.

You can read all about the 2017MY updates in the attached press release.

Source: Land Rover

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