Getting into a Range Rover Sport is now more affordable than before, with the new SD4 S variant kicking off at $90,900 before on-road costs - $900 less than the outgoing TDV6 S which has been dropped from the line-up.
The rest of the range brings price rises between $600-900 for most models, however, while the SDv6 Autobiography rises $15,775 to $169,800 plus on-roads. Likewise, the SDV6 Hybrid Autobiography Dynamic is $11,450 than the previous hybrid variant at $187,900 plus ORCs.
The sporty HST variant has also been dropped from the line-up for 2017.
The new SD4 S variant is the first 'full-sized' Land Rover SUV to be powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR’s) 2.0-litre ‘Ingenium’ four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, producing 177kW of power and a meaty 500Nm of torque.
By comparison, the four-cylinder diesels in the Mercedes-Benz GLE (2.1L, 150kW/500Nm), BMW X5 (2.0L, 170kW/500Nm) and Volvo XC90 (2.0L, 165kW/470Nm) all have slightly lower outputs - and the BMW and Volvo both feature twin-turbochargers instead of one.
Accompanying the impressive power and torque figures is improved fuel consumption over the outgoing TDV6 S, which drops to a claimed 6.2L/100km (European cycle), down from 6.9L/100km - a 10 per cent improvement.
Range Rover Sport SUVs fitted with the Ingenium diesel engine can be distinguished by a single twin-exhaust tip configuration, differing from the single exhaust on each side of V6 and V8 models (quad exhausts for the SVR).
The Ingenium engine is only available with five-seat vehicles, with either coil or air suspension.
Also new for the 2017 Range Rover Sport is JLR’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, which features a larger 10-inch touch screen display (up from 8.0 inches) along with a wider range of connectivity options and apps.
Pinch-and-zoom navigation is now supported by the new unit, and smartphone-like swipe gestures can also be used to change through menus.
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is now standard on all variants for the new model year, along with the existing rear parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter and lane-departure warning.
Optioning the Drive Pro Pack adds adaptive cruise control with ‘Queue Assist’ and Intelligent Emergency Braking, along with new additions Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist - which automatically counter-steer to prevent a collision with a car in your blind spot, or to stop the vehicle from drifting out of its lane.
Advanced Tow Assist is a first-in-class feature that helps to autonomously manoeuvre a trailer. All the driver needs to do is use the Terrain Response 2 rotary controller to indicate the desired direction, then operate the accelerator and brake pedals.
Off-road prowess is a hallmark of Range Rover and Land Rover vehicles, and the new Low Traction Launch system builds on that by controlling the amount of torque sent to the wheels when the driver hits the accelerator on a slippery surface - reducing the likelihood of experiencing a loss of traction.
Finally, new ‘design pack’ personalisation options allow owners to make their Range Rover Sport more unique.
Dynamic models sport Gloss Black elements including a new front grille, side vents, bonnet vents and mirrors, along with bonnet and tailgate badging. The ‘Sport’ badge is finished in red, complemented by matching red brake calipers.
For Autobiography Dynamic models, a new Bright Pack will be offered as an option, which includes Atlas Silver finishes on the front grille and bonnet amongst others.
A full 19 new colours have been added to the palette, ranging from pearlescent whites to greys, along with high-gloss and satin finishes.
Scheduled to go on sale during the first quarter of next year, the 2017 Range Rover Sport range starts at $90,900 plus on-roads for the SD4 S and tops out at $233,500 plus ORCs for the full-fat supercharged V8 SVR.
Note: Range Rover Sport SD4 S on sale Q2 2017
2017 Range Rover Sport pricing (plus on-road costs):
2.0L SD4 S - $90,900
3.0L TDV6 SE - $103,900
3.0L SDV6 SE - $114,800
3.0L V6 S/C HSE - $130,300
3.0L SDV6 HSE - $132,000
3.0L SDV6 HSE Dynamic - $138,600
4.4L SDV8 HSE - $147,300
4.4L SDV8 HSE Dynamic - $153,600
5.0L V8 S/C HSE Dynamic - $169,100
3.0L SDV6 Autobiography - $169,800
3.0L SDV6 Hybrid Autobiography Dynamic - $187,900
5.0L V8 S/C Autobiography Dynamic - $196,800
5.0L V8 S/C SVR - $233,500