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Base diesel dropped in Range Rover Sport
183kW/600Nm oil burner coming as new entry-level diesel in Range Rover Sport
13 Jul 2018
By TUNG NGUYEN
THE World-harmonised Light-vehicle Testing Procedure (WLTP) has resulted in the discontinuation of the Range Rover Sport’s entry-level 2.0-litre turbo diesel, but the engine will still be available in other Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) models.
However, the Range Rover Sport will gain a new engine in its place, a detuned version of the 3.0-litre SVD6 twin-turbo six-cylinder diesel producing 183kW of power and 600Nm of torque – 6kW/100Nm more than the outgoing 177kW/500Nm 2.0-litre unit that was introduced to the line-up in August, 2016.
Speaking to GoAuto, JLR Australia product public affairs manager James Scrimshaw said Range Rover Sport SD4 S and SE grades will be dropped due to complexities involved with the more rigorous WLTP emissions and fuel consumption testing.
“We’re in the middle of going through WLTP and changing everything … and keeping up with everything going on in Europe,” he said.
“It’s more to do with what’s happening in Europe than it is in Australia, so it’s not available in the (Range Rover Sport) range any more.
“It’s probably got something to do with the weight in that car, and the way it was tested, and what it can do, and what it performs – it was a global decision.”
While the aforementioned 2.0-litre diesel is also available across other Land Rover products including the Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Velar, as well as the Jaguar F-Pace, E-Pace and XF, Mr Scrimshaw said only the Range Rover Sport will lose the engine.
The incoming 183kW/600Nm SDV6 engine however, will be priced higher than the outgoing $95,100 before on-roads SD4 S, according to Mr Scrimshaw, with the new entry point into the Range Rover Sport line-up being the 221kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol Si4 S costing $96,728.
Across the range, the Range Rover Sport will also gain adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and high-speed emergency braking in an update due in Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of the year.
Full Australian pricing and specification for the updated Range Rover Sport line-up is expected in the coming weeks.
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