Downsizing is on all carmakers lips at the moment and that also means Land Rover. It has just announced that the flagship model, the Range Rover Sport for 2017, is to get a smaller, more economical engine. That’s right folks, times are tough in case you hadn’t noticed but for those who still dream of a Rangey but can’t afford to run one, you can take heart that it’ll now be available with a tiny 2.0-litre four cylinder Ingenium diesel engine.
It’s the same motor that does the business under the bonnet of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque and will make 237 horsepower and 500Nm of torque. It will propel the SUV from 0-100kph in 8.0 seconds and top out at 206kph. No, that isn’t much to write home about, and even though we would always take the 5.0-litre supercharged V8, even if it meant selling our kidneys to run it, the little motor does have some benefits such as being more economical; it has a combined fuel economy rating of 45.6 mpg. That said, it’s slower to 100kph by 1.2 seconds than the previous entry-level 306bhp 3.0-litre V6. Hmm, nobody ever bought a Range Rover Sport for economic reasons – you bought one because it was big and fast. Now, er, it’s just big. But it does pack some cool kit. For instance, it has a larger 10in touchscreen infotainment display, Wi-Fi connectivity, smartphone access, an advanced tow assist feature and it can read speed limit signs and slow the SUV down or even bring it to a stop if it senses danger ahead.
Don’t like the sound of the four-banger and feel it isn’t a Sport in any sense of the name? Well, then the 2017 model year also welcomes a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 rated at 340bhp and 450Nm of torque. It can hit 100kph from rest in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 209kph.