Once a target of eco-conscious protests, Land Rover has been steadily improving its green performance, and the latest 3.0-litre diesel engine used in the luxurious Range Rover Sport delivers 13g/km less CO2 emissions than before.
This means the V6 engine emits 230g/km of CO2 in its latest version, while fuel economy has been improved from 30.7mpg to 32.1mpg.
Despite this, power has actually been increased from 245hp to 256hp because of improvements to the efficiency of the engine and the inclusion of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.
To make the £48,795 car more appealing, the new Range Rover Sport has been updated with a new rear end to incorporate a powered aluminium tailgate.
Higher specification models receive a new design for the grille and at the top of the range, new 20" alloy wheels have been added to the Supercharged model.
Inside, the changes continue throughout the range, including a new seven-inch touch screen for the first time on all models. The screen features ‘dual view’, meaning the driver can see satellite navigation and the passenger can watch a DVD on the same screen.
Other additions include a revamp to the audio system including extra speakers, a hard disc drive and wireless technology as part of the upgraded entertainment package.
The new Range Rover Sport also comes with new voice recognition software.
At the top of the range, the luxuriously-equipped Autobiography models have been spruced up with some new interior options and the availability of a new Luxury Pack to further boost equipment and comfort levels.
“The enhancements to the 2012 Range Rover Sport will ensure this car retains its position as one of the most economical and dynamic high performance SUVs on the market today. With greater levels of diesel engine efficiency, lower fuel emissions and exciting new features, the Range Rover Sport continues to live up to its reputation for power and refinement,” said Colin Green, Land Rover UK Managing Director.
The new Range Rover Sport will go on sale in October.