Land Rover has added more new tech features and engine options to the Range Rover Sport for the 2017 model year. It will go on sale later this year, priced from £59,700 with Jaguar Land Rover’s 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine.
For 2017, Range Rover’s suite of safety and driver assistance systems has expanded to include an intelligent speed limiter, that scans road signs and automatically adjusts the car’s speed to match. Standard safety kit on the large SUV includes cruise control, rear parking distance controls, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).
Land Rover has also added tech features which make it easier to go off the beaten path. Notably, Low Traction Launch helps the Sport pull away from a slippery or loose surface, such as snow or gravel, without wheel spin by limiting how much torque the engine sends to the drive wheels. It already offered on the Jaguar F-Pace, the system is engaged via the touchscreen integrated into the center stack.
Inside, the Range Rover gets the latest version of Jaguar Land Rover’s infotainment service. Namely InControl Touch Pro, the system uses a 10-inch touchscreen interface and can send directions to a driver’s smartphone via a downloadable app.
Land Rover explains the bigger dimensions allowed its designers to give the Sport a cleaner looking dashboard by just removing a handful of buttons, though we’ll have to take the company’s word for it because pictures have not been published yet. The screen was designed to be as intuitive as a smartphone, so you can pinch and zoom maps and swipe to navigate the different menus. A dedicated smartphone application lets motorists remotely check the fuel level, adjust the climate control, lock or unlock the doors, and even start the SUV.