Because the Range Rover Sport is getting a four-banger and a computer co-pilot.
SUVs with huge engines making forced induction power are impractical, but what would life be without them? Of course, for the more levelheaded, there are always smaller engine options available, but is it going too far to make the lowest option a four cylinder? Range Rover doesn’t seem to think so, and that’s why it has removed the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder diesel Ingenium engine that lives under the hood of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque and placed it into the Range Rover Sport.
In its new home, it makes 237 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, and while that may not be earth shattering for a heavy SUV, it does have its benefits. Of course, these are on the economy side of things, with the smaller engine shedding pounds and coughing out all the CO2 that a 2.0-liter can spew. In total, these savings add up to a combined fuel economy rating of 45.6 mpg. If more performance is desired, there the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is also offered. In line with the SUV’s attempt to move forward into the future is a larger 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Wi-Fi connectivity, smartphone access, and some cool semi-autonomous features. Unlike most cars that can kinda sorta drive themselves, these features aren't only for the road.
The Range Rover’s features will help it off road or when towing heavy cargo. There is an advanced tow assist feature that helps a driver reverse while keeping a trailer in line and a low traction launch system that regulates torque to get drivers out of slippery 4x4 situations. On the road, an intelligent speed limiter can read speed limit signs and slow the SUV down to avoid tickets or bring it to a stop if it senses danger ahead. Meanwhile, Blind Spot Assist will jerk the Range Rover back into its lane if it detects a car in the blind spot. The icing on the cake is an exterior Design Pack with additional colors offered. You’ll have to wait until the winter of 2016 to get your copy for no less than £59,700 (or $77,878).