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Land Rover plans lighter, more efficient Range Rover Sport

Land Rover has revealed plans to release a version of the Range Rover Sport that uses a small, four-cylinder engine, which should make the all-conquering sports SUV lighter and more economical.

Having already shed 420kg via the use of aluminium rather than steel undergubbins, the lighter and less thirsty Range Rover Sport will have the option of an engine from the ‘I4 Range Rover Sport’ programme, MSN Cars reports.

Nick Rogers, chief engineer at Range Rover, explained the changes will make this version of the Sport one of the lightest SUVs on the market. “It will become a two-tonne vehicle,” he said.

The new engine will be manufactured at Land Rover’s Wolverhampton plant when construction is finished by 2015. It could provide more torque and increased performance over the current Ford-sourced 2.0-litre petrol and 4-cylinder diesel, although it’s too early to talk specifically about its abilities.

If fuel efficiency is the game and you need a gigantic 4×4, you could save yourself the three year wait and plump for the current, non-Sport Range Rover 3.0-litre TDV6 model, which delivers almost 38mpg. Alternatively, the slightly quicker SDV8 diesel will get nearly 33mpg. 

While Land Rover seems to be getting its green hat on, let’s not forget the company is also thought to be producing a faster, thirstier version known as the Range Rover RS. Expect around 540bhp and 680Nm of torque. Not one for tree huggers, then.

As and when we hear more about the I4 4-cylinder engine, we will let you know.

Source: MSN Cars

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