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New Range Rover Sport will be tech extravaganza

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Take a look at the new technology and other features of the new Range Rover Sport

The new 2017 Range Rover Sport will feature new engines and a bumper package of technological features, according to the latest updates from the makers.

A new ‘Ingenium’, four-cylinder, twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel will be introduced, together with a 3.0-litre, petrol, supercharged V6. The new Range Rover Sport will also have Wi-Fi-connectivity, updated infotainment provision, and new semi-autonomous driving capabilities.

A wider choice of paint colours for the exterior have also been announced, in addition to a Bright Pack to add distinctive exterior trim to the standard Autobiography Dynamic trim.

New Range Rover Sport engines

The diesel engine looks set to be the most popular choice for the new Range Rover Sport, offering 237bhp and producing an eight-second 0-60mph speed. The manufacturers say the fuel economy will be around 45mpg and it will have CO2 emissions of a reasonable 164g/km. The latter should lead to a road tax bill of £185-a-year.

The petrol engine for the 2017 Range Rover Sport will produce 335bhp, allowing the car to get to 60mph in a respectable 7.1 seconds. The top speed will be 130mp and the SUV should produce 243g/km of CO2 emissions. This will make it second in the list of the costliest Range Rover Sports to tax. Buyers should expect a bill of £500 a year. When it comes to fuel economy, the petrol engine should return around 26.9mpg.

There have been no changes to the other engines in the range, meaning that there will still be a diesel hybrid and 3.0 V6 diesel available, together with a V8 4.4 diesel and a 5.0 supercharged V8 for buyers who prefer petrol.

The technology lowdown

The new technology package that comes with the 2017 Sport includes Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro sat-nav, information and car control infotainment system. It will allow owners to download apps using Wi-Fi, without the need to use a smartphone, and there is a smartphone app to check details of the car remotely. This includes checking the levels of fuel and the estimated range. It can also be used to unlock and lock doors and programme the climate control.

The sat-nav system also promises to be better than ever, offering a new commute mode to recognise regular routes and to automatically choose alternatives when traffic is a problem.

There is also the option to use a Door-to-Door Routing system, which will allow users to be directed to their destination using their smartphone after they have parked the car.

Semi-autonomous kit included

Buyers with a trailer will be able to benefit from help with parking thanks to the new Range Rover Sport’s Advanced Tow Assist, whilst all drivers may find the grip-improving Low Traction Launch feature a bonus. The cars will also feature an updated version of the All-Terrain Information Centre, including a wade sensor, wheel direction information and terrain camera views.

Autonomous emergency braking will come as standard and an updated Drive Pack, which is optional on some models, will offer traffic-sign recognition, reverse traffic detection and blind-spot monitoring.

New for 2017 is the intelligent speed limiter. This uses traffic-sign recognition software to adjust the speed limiter of the car. There is also the opportunity to take advice from the driver condition monitor. This can sense when the driver is tired and recommend breaks. Optional Drive Pro, meanwhile, offers lane-keep and blind-spot assistance.

Prices for the 2017 new Range Rover Sport

Prices for the new Range Rover Sport start at £59,700 for a four-cylinder diesel car, whilst the petrol V6 will set buyers back a minimum of £64,400.

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