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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport gains more tech

by Ronan Glon

Most of the updates for 2017 are invisible to the naked eye because they\'re tech-related.

Land Rover has introduced the 2017 Range Rover Sport.

Most of the updates for the new model year are invisible to the naked eye because they're technology-related. Notably, the Sport is now available with Blind Spot Assist, Intelligent Speed Limiter, and Advanced Tow Assist. Tow assist helps motorists with the daunting task of backing up a trailer. The driver simply tells the software where he or she wants the trailer to go, and the Sport steers itself into the spot while the driver operates the pedals.

The Sport also gains Low Traction Launch, a function that limits wheel spin while pulling away from a loose or slippery surface such as mud or ice by reducing the engine's torque output. And, the All-Terrain Info Center now displays data such as vehicle geometry, slope assist engagement, and wheel information in order to help motorists navigate tricky situations off the beaten path.

More updates are found in the cabin, where the Sport receives a bigger 10.2-inch touch screen and a new infotainment system called InControl Touch Pro. Adopting a bigger screen let designers give the Sport a cleaner-looking dashboard by sending a couple of buttons back to the parts bin, though photos of the cabin haven't been published yet. InControl Touch Pro was designed to be more intuitive, and users can pinch and zoom maps and navigate different menus by swiping like they would on a smartphone or a tablet.

InControl Touch Pro also inaugurates a Commute Mode that "learns" the driver's regular trips, such as when going to work, and sets the destination automatically. It takes an alternate route if there are delays on the regular route, and it sends last-mile directions to the user's smartphone once the SUV is parked.

Speaking of smartphones, a dedicated application lets Range Rover Sport owners remotely lock or unlock the doors, check the fuel level, adjust the climate control settings, and even start the SUV.

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport starts at $66,645 when a mandatory $995 destination charge is factored in. It will reach showrooms before the end of the year.

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