2017 RANGE ROVER SPORT GETS FOUR-CYLINDER DIESEL ENGINE
RANGE ROVER’S ENTRY-LEVEL SPORT WILL ADOPT A 500NM FOUR-CYLINDER DIESEL FOR 2017.
IN A SIGN of the times the 2017 Range Rover Sport will adopt a four-cylinder diesel from 2017. Dubbed SD4 S, it will replace the TDV6 S as the price leader in the Range Rover Sport line-up. That means a $90,900 plus on-roads price tag and the least expensive way to get into a ‘proper’ Range Rover.
The SD4 will come with the option of dual-range gearing, as part of a $5500 off-road option pack that also includes heightadjustable air suspension.
The TDV6 and the new SD4 both come with a more practical wheel and tyre spec in the form of 235/65R19s, whereas the SDV6, with its bigger brakes, can’t run on 19s and has less-practical 255/55R20s instead.
The new four-cylinder diesel comes from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium engine range, and despite being just two litres in capacity it claims a solid 500Nm and 177kw. Given the aluminium-monocoque construction of the RRS means a modest kerb weight of around 2100kg (for the SD4), the performance of this fourcylinder engine should still be pretty handy.
By way of comparison, the current TDV6 3.0-litre diesel claims 190kw and 600Nm, so there’s a drop in both power and torque with the four, but it’s not as significant as you may think. The 2.0-litre four is also lighter than the TDV6, and with an ADR fuel claim of just 6.2L/100km it’s 10 per cent more economical as well. To achieve its impressive power and torque outputs the Ingenium diesel uses a sequential bi-turbo arrangement.
The SD4 S arrives in Australia in Q1 of 2017.