Land Rover calls the 2017 Range Rover Sport “the most connected to date”. And no doubt, the tech upgrades are enough to whip one into frenzy. From the Advanced Tow Assist to the Low Traction Launch, and the very obvious spanking new infotainment system, drivers will definitely have a swell time driving. The new 2017 Sport is offered in five different trims: Autobiography, HSE, SE, Supercharged, and SVR.

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Tested and trusted sport utility vehicle

There are many highlights on the current Range Rover Sport, some of which include:

  • shaving off over 800 pounds of its weight due to replacing steel with aluminum,
  • new ‘Ingenium’ engine,
  • more color choices, and
  • upgraded connectivity.

On the list of sport utility vehicles, the 2017 model definitely ranks high, and here’s why:

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport styling

It’s very plain to see that the Sport shares certain details with the Range Rover in addition to other finer details copied from the smaller and elegant Evogue. A lot of the exterior such as the slim nose, roofline drop, and the winged headlamps all point to the Evogue. On the other hand, the interior of the cabin is a simple copy-and-paste of the Rover with the typical calm and pristine interior architecture .

The interior features strips of leather and aluminum stylishly punctuating surfaces, seams, and switchgear. There are also plentiful of upgrades to choose from too. It is also worth pointing out that the limited edition HST model from last year has been yanked off production.

Engine and performance

In terms of the engine and performance, the 2017 Range Rover Sport compares favorably than the 2016 edition. The bottom base of the trims is fitted with “Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine.” The British-built engine is a juggernaut when it comes to fuel efficiency and also emits low emissions with a fuel economy metric of 45.6 mpg for the combined. Despite only being a 2.0-liter engine, its performance is still at par with the outgoing 3.0-liter engine. It delivers 440 pounds-feet of torque and 254 horsepower as well as moving from 0-60 mph in eight seconds.

At the other end of the engine scale is the supercharged eight-cylinder engine. This engine provides 520 horsepower and a fast time of five seconds on the 0-60 acceleration test. The SVR engine packs an extra 40 horsepower and shaves off half a second on the time recorded by the supercharged V8. The more conservative 3.0-litre V6 producing 340 horsepower and having a time of 7.1 seconds on the 0-60 test is likely to favor more people. This is because of  its more efficient prowess.

Interior designs on the 2017 Range Rover Sport

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Interior with premium leather and wood

The space in the interior of the Sport 2017 is definitely more spacious and solves one of the complaints of the earlier versions. In fact, the space available is for seven people. Although be wary of the extra two seats as they are most comfortable for kids. Elegance is a watchword in the interior. You cannot move your hand an inch over any surface without feeling leather or wood, with this getting more posh as the trims get higher.

Additionally, there are added infotainment gadgets introduced headlined by the 10.2-inch touchscreen bundled with the command and control functionality. The impressive new screen should allow for easy perusal of the driver with short glances. Asides the infotainment upgrades, new technology such as stability control aid backing have been introduced. By and large, the standard features have been increased on the 2017 Range Rover Sport which will make choosing a trim model easier.

Exterior design

2017 range rover sport exterior
Bigger sense of purpose than its predecessors

The remarkable fine lines and intimidating stance of the new model makes its presence felt from miles away even, giving it a bigger sense of purpose than its predecessors. Especially, as a vehicle that does two things well – being a possible rugged mountain climbing machine and serving its sporty intentions on spirally road. The purposefulness of the floated roof and modest grille, and other minute details makes this a well crafted exterior.

The word “Sport” wouldn’t have a meaning on the 2017 Sport without the roof’s charismatic slope, the stumpy nose, and the tall sides. The scintillating fender and hood sprinkle an extra dose of inventiveness to this new model. Lastly, drivers can get up to 19 premium colors to choose from.

General specifications

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The roof’s charismatic slope and stumpy nose adds sport to the Range Rover
  • Wheelbase: 115 inches
  • Length: 196.8 inches
  • Width: 81.6mm
  • Max Speed: 128 miles per hour for the LR-SD4 2.0 Liter Diesel and 130 miles per hour for the LR-TDV6 3.0 Liter Diesel
  • 0-60 mph: 7.1 seconds for the LR-TDV6 3.0 Liter Diesel and 8 seconds for the LR-SD4 2.0 Liter Diesel
  • Passenger volume: 108 cubic feet
  • Storage volume: 28 cubic feet
  • Curb weight: 5335 pounds
  • MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 37.7/51.4
  • Available exterior colors: N/A
  • Towing capacity: 7716 pounds

Release date and Price of the new 2017 Range Rover Sport

Standard prices vary for the five available trims. The 2017 Range Rover Sport SE starts at $66,645, the SE Td6 starts at $68,645, Sport HSE Dynamic model starts at $71,645, Range Rover Sport V8 5.0 Supercharged commences at $81,645, while the Autobiography 5.0 V8 Supercharged begins at $95,445 and the Range Rover Sport SVR with its 550-horse blown V8 stickers at $112,345. The release date is billed for late 2016 or the early parts of 2017.

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