Land Rover yesterday took the covers off its new 2016 Range Rover Sport HST Limited Edition, but the addition of this variant is just one of the changes that’s coming to the Range Rover Sport for the 2016 model year. Other changes include the addition of a diesel-powered HSE Td6 variant as well as improved connectivity and capability.

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We’ve already reported on the HSE Td6 variant. It features a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine good for 254 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, and according to Land Rover will return fuel economy of 22/28 mpg city/highway and 25 mpg combined. The same engine is also available in the 2016 Range Rover.

In the area of connectivity, Land Rover has confirmed that the 2016 Range Rover Sport features the latest InControl infotainment system. Included with this system is the InControl Remote app, which enables interaction with the vehicle via a smartphone. For example, using a linked smartphone, the owner can see how much fuel is in the tank, lock or unlock the car, receive a note if the alarm sounds, start the engine, and adjust the climate control.

Also featured is InControl Protect, which will automatically notify emergency services and provide GPS location of the vehicle should it be involved in a collision severe enough to trigger the airbags. Occupants can also trigger an emergency call manually by pressing a button on the overhead console.

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Other updates for the 2016 Range Rover Sport include a higher resolution for the image displayed by the rear-view and surround-view cameras, as well as standard Auto Access Height (lowers the vehicle for easier ingress and egress) and Hands-Free Gesture Tailgate (opens the tailgate with only a wave of the foot at the rear). The All-Terrain Progress Control crawling feature is also fitted (available on most V-6 models and standard on most V-8 models).

Full pricing and availability details for the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport will be announced later this year.


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