The Range Rover Sport gets a few upgrades for 2018, including a new 3.0 litre SDV6 engine to replace the previous 2.0 litre SD4, plus more tech.
Every car maker has been busy downsizing their engines to make them less polluting (officially, anyway), and Land Rover has been putting a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder SD4 diesel under the bonnet of the Range Rover Sport for a while. But no longer.
The 2.0 litre SD4 has been dumped for Europe, replaced by a much more sensible 3.0 litre SDV6 with 246bhp, which is only 9bhp up on the TD4. But thanks also to an extra 74lb/ft of torque from the SDV6 it will feel much more capable, and get to 62mph in 7.9 seconds.
Other updates for the latest RRS include the introduction of Adaptive Cruise with Stop and Go, which will allow the car to slow to a stop and take off again in the ebb and flow of traffic (well, as long as you’re not stationary for more then three seconds).
It’s available alongside Adaptive Cruise with Steering Assist which keeps you in lane by nudging the steering wheel and using the white lines for reference or, if there aren’t any, by following the car in front. But don’t take your hands off the wheel; these systems aren’t perfect yet.
JLR’s Mike Collins said:
The latest enhancements to the Range Rover Sport build on its credentials as the luxury performance SUV. With a more efficient powertrain line-up, improved safety technology and state-of-the-art lighting features, this is a vehicle that demands to be driven.
Range Rover Sport prices now start at £64,084.