2017 RANGE ROVER SPORT GETS FOUR-CYLIN­DER DIESEL EN­GINE

RANGE ROVER’S EN­TRY-LEVEL SPORT WILL ADOPT A 500NM FOUR-CYLIN­DER DIESEL FOR 2017.

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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.

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