If adventuring in style strikes your fancy, check out the latest Range Rover Sport. Land Rover is decking out the 2017 model with some new autonomous-minded technology worth a mention. There are also a bunch of new color choices.
Before we get started though, we have to tell you the bad news. Europe’s alternative engine choices will not make it stateside. That means no 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel, hybrid, or 4.4-liter diesel V8 this side of the pond. The 2017 will still offer the supercharged V6 and V8 gas engines.
Ok, now that we have that unpleasantness out of the way, let’s talk cool technology. Land Rover is introducing a number of autonomous driving technologies to the Range Rover Sport.
One is Advanced Tow Assist. It works using a rear-facing camera that allows you to project and set where just where you want to back up your trailer. Then you set it into the Terrain Response 2 rotary controller. The car does the rest, literally steering the trailer while you handle the pedals. The system also keeps a lookout for potential jack-knife situations and sends alerts.
Another one is Low Traction Response. It makes gaining traction from a standstill on low-grip surfaces easier. Yep, like mud, wet grass, and ice. The system can be manually activated from the touch screen, but if you’re unsure when to use it, no problem. The car prompts you when it senses low traction. It controls the torque to help avoid slipping.
There is also a cool new “Intelligent Speed Limiter” feature. It can read traffic signs and adjust speed based on the posted limit.
The All-Terrain Info Center gets upgraded as well. It shows vehicle geometry, slope assist engagement, and wheel information. The surround cameras allow you to see around the vehicle to make it through tight spots and off-roading hazards. Throw in a bigger, 10.2-inch, touch screen with the new InControl Touch Pro and you’re good to go. The bigger screen also cleans up the dash by replacing manual buttons.
Range Rover also simplified the safety packages. All offer Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning, and Autonomous Emergency Braking. The Drive Pack adds Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, Reverse Traffic Detection, and Intelligent Speed Limiter. The top Drive Pro Pack adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Assist, and Lane Keep Assist.
As far as looks go, we hope you aren’t indecisive because you have 19 new color options to choose from – everything from whites to greys to satin and gloss finishes.
The 2017 model goes on sale this fall price from $65,650. That’s about a $700 price bump from last year. Not bad, for all the added tech.
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