Small updates on the outside, big updates inside

Land Rover’s popular Range Rover Sport is getting some attention for the 2017 model year. Small changes to the exterior pale in comparison to the new technologies integrated into the interior. From advanced driving aids and upgrades to the Terrain Response 2 system to an innovative trailer towing app and a new 10.2-inch infotainment screen, the 2017 updates bring big new for technophiles.

The Range Rover Sport’s drivetrain remains unchanged, including its 550-horspower output and legendary 4WD system. Changes to the exterior basically denote the new model year and the updates hidden inside the leather-lined cabin.

These changes are the first big updates for the Range Rover Sport since the second-generation’s introduction in 2013. Before that, the first generation Rover saw action from 2005 to 2012 with a facelift in 2009. Continuing with its aluminum-intensive structure and powerful V-8, the 2017 Range Rover Sport should provide all the same driving pleasure as before, but with added conveniences and technology that make ownership fun.

Let’s dive into the 2017 updates.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

  • Year:
    2017
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    Eight-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    340
  • Torque @ RPM:
    332
  • Energy:
    Supercharged
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    7.7/10

Exterior

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The exterior updates for 2017 are so minimal, Range Rover only used one sentence in its press release to notate their existence. One sentence. Range Rover did devote a paragraph to the enlarged color options courtesy of JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations. There are 19 new colors that “range from contemporary pearlescent whites to sophisticated greys, as well as luxurious high-gloss and satin finishes.”

Compared to the 2016 model, the press images show updated front fog lights and lower fascia, along with black-colored Range Rover lettering on the hood. The wheel choices are new as well.

Interior

The interior might be slightly revised for 2017, but Land Rover is apparently keeping things a secret until a later date. No photos were included in the press materials. Still, we’ve got a pretty good idea of how the Range Rover Sport’s interior will look thanks to this spy photo above.

"The dash now holds JLR’s new 10.2-inch touch screen infotainment system"

The dash now holds JLR’s new 10.2-inch touch screen infotainment system. It no longer uses hard-key buttons, but has integrated these functions into soft keys within the graphic interface. Land Rover says this gives the dash a cleaner look without impacting functionality.

Beyond the new infotainment system’s size and lack of hard buttons, the software is new as well. It also incorporates some new geeky tech sure to make Range Rover buyers happy. These include a bevy of new driver aid systems and safety features. Let’s dive into them below.

Technology

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The 2017 Range Rover Sport still offers the same driver aid functions as before, but adds several key items. This includes Blind Spot Assist, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Low Traction Launch, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Advanced Tow Assist.

Blind Spot Assist goes one step further than a conventional blind spot warning system. If a lane change is attempted and the Range Rover detects a vehicle in its blind spot, it will nudge itself back into the lane, almost like Lane Departure Assist. Intelligent Speed Limiter uses Range Rover’s Traffic Sign Detection system to read speed limit signs and to automatically set its speed accordingly. This works in conjunction with the Adaptive Cruise Control.

"Perhaps the most impressive is the Advanced Tow Assist system"

Low Traction Launch is a new program within the Terrain Response 2 system. When set to the Grass/Gravel/Snow mode, the Low Traction Launch system limits torque output to help limit wheel spin and maximize traction, getting the vehicle rolling in adverse conditions. It works up to 19 mph and can be used to climb muddy banks.

Perhaps the most impressive is the Advanced Tow Assist system. It works much like the Ford F-150’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature in that the steering is controlled via a dash-mounted knob turned in the direction the driver intends the trailer to turn. In the Range Rover’s case, when the system is active, it uses the Terrain Response knob to control steering while the driver watches the 360-degree camera system and rearview mirrors as the trailer is backed up. This is supposed to eliminate the counter intuitive steering needed to back a trailer.

Returning unchanged is Rear Park Distance Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning.

JLR’s new 10.2-inch touch screen is now called the InControl Touch Pro system. It’s not only larger than last year’s eight-inch screen, but offers gesture controls like pinch to zoom and swiping functions, familiar to smartphone and tablet users.

Drivetrain

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"The biggest news for the Range Rover Sport, at lease those sold outside the U.S., is the addition of JLR’s new 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder turbodiesel"

The biggest news for the Range Rover Sport, at lease those sold outside the U.S., is the addition of JLR’s new 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder turbodiesel. It’s said to be more efficient than the outgoing 3.0-liter TDV6 yet still deliver similar power and driving characteristics. It makes 240 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, while achieving an impressive 45.6 mpg on the European test loop.

Here in the States, the Range Rover Sport’s powertrain options remain the same. That means the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 comes standard. Optional is the aforementioned 3.0-liter Td6 turbodiesel. Those wanting more power can choose the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. It comes in two output levels – the “base” configuration makes 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the SVR version, and it makes a full 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.

Displacement Cylinder configuration Forced Induction Horsepower Torque
3.0-liter V-6 Supercharged 340 332
3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel 254 443
5.0-liter V-8 Supercharged 510 461
5.0-liter V-8 Supercharged 550 502

Prices

The 2017 Range Rover Sport will carry a starting price of $66,645, an $800 increase over 2016’s starting price. There is also a $995 destinations charge. The Range Rover Sport will be available in the last quarter of 2016.

Competition

Porsche Cayenne

The Cayenne is one of Porsche’s hottest selling vehicles these days, going against the performance brand’s heritage of sports cars. Still, that heritage is found aplenty in the Cayenne, making it one of the more sporty SUVs on the market. A long list of engine options, including hybrid and diesel options, make the Cayenne a well-rounded machine.

Prices for the Porsche start around $60,000 and swell to nearly $100,000 with all the option boxes checked on the range-topping model.

Read our full review on the Porsche Cayenne here.

BMW X5

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Like the Porsche, the BMW X5 comes from a brand historically known for its sports cars. The same story continues here too, as the sporty nature of BMW’s heritage rubs off on the SUV, making it a competent handler. The X5 is offered with an equally long list of powertrain options, giving customers plenty of choices and price points from which to shop.

Those prices all start at $55,500. Check all the option boxes and you’ll be wrighting a check for more than $75,000.

Read our full review on the BMW X5 here.

Conclusion

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The Range Rover Sport has been a great seller for the brand, appealing to those waning a midsize high-end luxury offering with some competent off-road chops on the side. The Sport offers a jack-of-all-trades type attitude, with a full list of potent engine options, standard 4WD, a smart terrain management system, and the pedigree to match.

In fact, the Range Rover name goes a long way for many buyers – those looking for the cache of such an iconic brand. Those same buyers will be happy to see the new technology lining the dashboard of the 2017 model. The new safety features, Low Traction Launch, Tow Assist, and larger infotainment system should surely help boost sales.

  • Leave it
    • Minor exterior updates
    • Slight price increase
    • No 2.0-liter Ingenium TD for the U.S.

Spy Shots

May 18, 2016 - First testing session

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Press Release

New driver assistance technologies introduced to Range Rover Sport including Advanced Tow Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Intelligent Speed Limiter(2)
Low Traction Launch technology(2) enhances all-terrain capability
Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro™ now standard across the Range Rover Sport line-up features a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen(3)
New exterior Design Pack enhancements and broader choice of colors introduced
On sale from late 2016, with pricing starting from $65,650(4)

(MAHWAH, NJ) – August 16, 2016 – The status of the Range Rover Sport as a top-tier luxury performance SUV has been strengthened with a range of enhancements for 2017 model year. The latest model features the introduction of innovative new driver assistance technologies and greater scope for bespoke personalization.

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Introduced in 2013, the Range Rover Sport is a genuine Land Rover success story, delivering all the refinement and capability expected from a large SUV with the engaging experience of a performance vehicle. Underlining this is the Range Rover Sport SVR which sits at the top of the Range Rover Sport line-up and takes on-road performance to new heights with a potent 550HP Supercharged V8 engine, achieving 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds(1).

For 2017, Land Rover has introduced a series of new advanced driver assistance technologies to Range Rover Sport including Blind Spot Assist, Intelligent Speed Limiter and Advanced Tow Assist, which assists the driver when maneuvering an attached trailer(2).

All-terrain capability remains a cornerstone of the Range Rover family and the 2017 model year Range Rover Sport includes a selection of new features to enhance both the on-road and off-road driving experience. Low Traction Launch makes it easier for drivers to pull away on low-grip surfaces(2) while the updated 4x4i menu presents key vehicle information when tackling challenging terrain.

Powered by the Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro™ system, the enlarged touchscreen features a new 10.2-inch display for greater ease-of-use and clarity and features tablet-style pinch and zoom functions(3).

All-new towing technology

Advanced Tow Assist technology is the latest advanced driver assistance feature to be introduced by Land Rover. This feature is a key addition in ensuring that the 2017 model year Range Rover Sport stays ahead of its rivals and assists the driver with the potentially difficult task of reversing while towing a trailer(2).

Images from a rear-facing camera are relayed to the central touchscreen, allowing the driver to indicate the desired direction of the trailer using the Terrain Response® 2 rotary controller. The vehicle will then steer the trailer into place while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals(2).

As well as making it easier to maneuver a trailer, the system will alert the driver if a jack-knife situation is imminent, while the driver can monitor their immediate surroundings for potential hazards using the vehicle’s Surround Cameras(2).

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Specialist all-terrain technology

All-terrain capability is a Range Rover trademark and 2017 model year Range Rover Sport takes breadth of capability to new levels in the performance SUV class with the introduction of two advanced technologies.

Low Traction Launch is designed to assist the driver when pulling away from a standstill on low grip surfaces, such as mud, wet grass or ice(2). The technology can be selected manually using the central touchscreen menu. Alternatively the vehicle will automatically prompt the driver to select Low Traction Launch whenever the Grass/Gravel/Snow mode is selected using the Terrain Response 2 controller(2).

Once active, the system controls the amount of torque the driver is able to apply when pressing the accelerator mitigating the likelihood of experiencing a loss of traction. Active at speeds below 19mph (30km/h) the system can also be used to negotiate slippery surfaces or inclines once the vehicle is moving(2).

An enhanced All-Terrain Info Center is also part of the improvements for 2017 model year. Accessible via the central touchscreen it displays useful information when driving off-road, such as vehicle geometry, slope assist engagement and wheel information(3). This display also now includes Drive Assist, which uses the vehicle’s surround cameras to help with low-speed maneuvers when off-road2.

Enhanced connectivity

One of the most significant changes to the 2017 Range Rover Sport is the introduction of InControl Touch Pro™ which features a larger central touchscreen display. As a result, the infotainment system features smoother controls and a wider range of connectivity options and apps than ever before(3).

The larger screen measures 10.2-inches, a significant increase over the previous eight-inch design. The increased dimensions have allowed the Land Rover interior design team to remove the hard keys previously required, resulting in a cleaner dashboard with no compromise to functionality.

One of the key aspects of InControl Touch Pro™ is the ability to pinch and zoom when navigating maps, or swipe through menu screens as you would on a smartphone or tablet(3). Functions now require fewer actions, improving ease of use.

The introduction of the latest infotainment system delivers bespoke apps for functions such as music playback, contacts and calendars that are mirrored on the central touchscreen when the driver’s smartphone is connected to the vehicle(3).

In addition, InControl Remote allows drivers to control a number of vehicle functions remotely using the dedicated smartphone app. Owners can check data such as the mileage or fuel level, lock and unlock the vehicle, adjust the climate control settings and remote start the vehicle.

There have also been significant upgrades for the fully integrated satellite navigation system(3). Commute Mode is an intuitive new function that learns regular journeys so customers don’t have to set a destination manually. It recognizes frequent trips, for example the drive to work, and automatically redirects drivers if the regular route is congested. Door-to-door routing allows the customer to set a route using the Land Rover app and transfer it to the vehicle. Once the vehicle is parked, final directions to the destination can be viewed on a smartphone so customers can complete their journey on foot.

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Simplified option selection

The 2017 Range Rover Sport has a simplified selection of advanced driver assistance packs. All derivatives have a comprehensive suite of technologies as standard equipment including Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter and Lane Departure Warning(2). For 2017, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) joins that list. The system monitors the road ahead of the vehicle through its forward facing stereo camera and will warn the driver of any potential collision risks. If the driver fails to respond to the warning, the AEB system is designed to apply emergency braking to help mitigate damage depending on the speed in which the vehicle is traveling(2).

The optional Drive Pack contains all the standard features in addition to Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Reverse Traffic Detection, while Intelligent Speed Limiter(2) is a new feature for 2017. Intelligent Speed Limiter uses Traffic Sign Recognition to read speed limit signs and is designed to automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed accordingly(2). Once the driver has accepted the on-screen prompts they will be unable to exceed this limit unless they cancel the command.

Driver Condition Monitor is another new addition. It analyses steering inputs and takes into account factors such as the time of day and journey time to warn the driver if signs of fatigue are detected(2).

The Drive Pro Pack includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking and adds Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist(2) for 2017. Blind Spot Assist monitors for vehicles approaching from behind or those in the vehicle’s blind spot. If the driver begins to change lanes in circumstances that could pose a risk of a collision, the vehicle is designed to automatically apply gentle steering input to guide the vehicle back into its lane(2). Lane Keep Assist provides gentle corrective steering inputs if the driver veers out of their lane without indicating(2).

Exterior enhancements

A number of updates have also been made to select Range Rover Sport design options for the 2017 model year.

Customers are able to choose from an even wider choice of colors, heightening the level of personalization and luxury design of their vehicle thanks to an increased Special Vehicle Operations color palette. Buyers can pick from 19 new colors ranging from contemporary pearlescent whites to sophisticated greys, as well as luxurious high-gloss and satin finishes.

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