Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport is a worthy alternative to the more common German offerings for buyers in search of a mid-size luxury SUV.
Its powerful engines and lightweight aluminum construction ensure it remains dynamic, while its British charm and no-nonsense interior design make it stand out from the crowd.
And with a starting price in the mid-$60k bracket, it also represents decent value considering the vehicle is pretty much a twin under the skin with the pricier Land Rover Range Rover.
Introduced in its current form for the 2014 model year, Land Rover is adding some extra technology to the Range Rover Sport for the 2017 model year to ensure the vehicle is up to date. There also some more personalization option to enhance the look and comfort of the vehicle.
Updated infotainment system with 10.2-inch display
Inside there’s a larger touchscreen display (it now spans 10.2 inches) that accommodates an updated infotainment system. The latter, dubbed InControl Touch Pro, features improved connectivity and navigation as well as new apps. For example, the navigation now offers door-to-door routing when connected with a smartphone, as well as the ability to display full or partial maps in the digital instrument cluster.
Along with the updated infotainment system is a whole host of driver aids. Either standard or available, the list includes monitoring features for speed limits, blind spots, lane departure, and driver drowsiness. An automatic braking function is also included and can bring a vehicle to a standstill in an emergency. The adaptive cruise control also gets a feature that can adjust the speed in both directions when cruising along a highway, even bringing the vehicle to a stop when necessary.
To improve the vehicle’s off-road potential, Land Rover has added a low traction launch mode, ideal for slippery surfaces such as mud or snow. The system remains active until the speed exceeds roughly 18 mph. There is also an off-road mode for the infotainment system, which includes displays for vehicle geometry, drive assist controls, slope assist and wheel information. Finally, Land Rover has added a trailer assist feature that provides guidelines in the display to aid the driver when backing up.
Exterior and powertrains remain unchanged
There aren’t any changes for the exterior, though a new Design Pack is available that adds some special color touches. There are also more colors to choose from and new 19-in wheel patterns.
Also unchanged is the engine lineup. The base option is a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Above this is a 254-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel. Further up is a 510-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 and at the top is a 550-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. The latter is fitted to the brilliant Range Rover Sport SVR, which can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
The 2017 Range Rover will be available in late 2016 with a starting price of $66,645, including a $995 destination charge.
For more on the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection.