British carmaker Land Rover is now offering the Range Rover Sport with a new petrol engine across all variants. The engine in question is JLR’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Ingenium family and is available as a choice in the S, SE and HSE variants. The Range Rover Sport in now priced from Rs 86.71 lakh (ex-showroom India).
• Range Rover Sport now more affordable with smaller petrol engine option.
• The 2.0-litre turbo-petrol Si4 engine produces 300PS and 400Nm.
• New engine available with the S, SE and HSE variants.
• The 2.0-litre variants are priced between Rs 86.71 lakh to Rs 1 crore (ex-showroom).
• 2.0-litre variants miss out on off-road pack that offers low-range gearbox and dynamic suspension.
• However, it still gets the famed Terrain Response system for the 4WD system.
• The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine is the same one that is offered on the entry-level Jaguar F-Type that we recently reviewed. In the Range Rover Sport, this engine produces 300PS and 400Nm of torque while mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels, of course. Until now, the smallest petrol engine with the Sport was the 3.0-litre V6 that made 340PS of power, which made it less efficient and more expensive too at Rs 1.14 crore. The 2.0-litre variants are priced as follows:
Both the new 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and the 3.0-litre V6 are available with the SE and HSE variants. However, the entry-spec S variant only gets the smaller engine and makes the RR Sport more affordable as compared to the previous Rs 1.03 crore asking price of the entry-level variant that was only available with the 3.0-litre diesel engine. While the features and comforts for these variants do not change with the new, more affordable and relatively efficient engine, there is a trade-off.
If you do buy a Range Rover Sport with the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, no matter the variant, you cannot have the optional off-road pack. This add-on pack includes a twin-speed transfer box for high and low range, adaptive dynamic suspension and Land Rover’s All Terrain Progress Control system. It still gets the regular Terrain Response which is sufficient for most urban uses and even the occasional mild drive through a rough patch.
Buyers can still have the 2019 Range Rover Sport with the larger 3.0-litre V6 petrol, 3.0-litre V6 diesel, 4.4-litre V8 diesel and the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engines depending upon the variant. The luxury Land Rover SUV is now priced between Rs 86.71 lakh to Rs 2.05 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) and competes with the Maserati Levante, Porsche Cayenne and the yet-to-be-launched Audi Q8.