Configure a 2016 Range Rover Sport and you have 17 colors to consider. For 2017, Land Rover has added another 19 color choices and an array of new driver assistance technologies. While it’s already a versatile SUV with room for up to seven, these new technologies should keep the Range Rover Sport at the forefront for luxury SUV buyers.
Expanded Driver Assist Technologies
The 2017 Range Rover Sport offers a few new features, including advanced tow assist, blind spot assist and an intelligent speed limiter. Other innovations include low traction launch and an updated InControl Touch Pro system with a larger touch screen.
The advanced tow assist technology is designed to make it easier for the driver to back up while towing a trailer. A rear-facing camera displays images on the central touch screen and a rotary controller enables the driver to adjust the direction of the trailer as desired. The Range Rover Sport then steers the trailer into place while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.
The new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system now comes with a larger 10.2-inch touch screen and is standard on all models. It also features tablet-style pitch and zoom functions. Land Rover reduced the number of actions required to get a response from the system in an effort to improve ease of use.
The new intelligent speed limiter was added to the optional Drive Pack that includes blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic alert. It works with the traffic sign recognition system to read speed limit signs and adjust the vehicle’s speed accordingly.
The limiter is activated through on-screen prompts and stays active until canceled. When in use, the driver isn’t able to exceed the posted speed limit.
Driver condition monitor is another new feature that’s included with the Drive Pack. It senses when the driver is fatigued and sends out a warning.
Land Rover’s Drive Pro Pack option builds on the features found in Drive Pack, adding adaptive cruise control and intelligent emergency braking, as well as new-for-2017 features like blind spot assist and lane keeping assist.
The Range Rover Sport uses blind spot assist to sense when another vehicle is following behind it or is in the driver’s blind spot. Should the driver begin to change lanes when it is not safe to do so, the system applies mild steering inputs to redirect the vehicle back to its lane. Moreover, if the driver begins switching lanes without signaling, similar nudging takes place.
Both Drive Pack and the more advanced Drive Pro Pack build on a suite of standard driver assist features that include rear parking sensors and lane departure warning.
For 2017, the Range Rover Sport also comes standard with autonomous emergency braking, which is designed to apply the brakes if the SUV’s forward facing camera detects that a collision is imminent. The system sends an audible warning, and then applies the brakes if the driver doesn’t respond in a timely manner.
Range Rover Sport Engine Choices
As before, Range Rover Sport shoppers have a choice of three engines for this large, four-wheel drive SUV. A 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is standard on the SE and HSE trims. A 254-horsepower, turbodiesel 3.0-liter engine is also offered.
Choose a Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography or SVR, and your model comes outfitted with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 510 horsepower. The lone exception is the SVR, where performance was tweaked to deliver an astounding 550 horsepower, enabling this stout luxury SUV to zip from 0-to-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
All three engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2017 Range Rover Sport will arrive late this year with a starting price of $65,650, or $700 more than the outgoing model.