2012 Range Rover Sport, LR4 Updates Revealed

By Carl Malek

Land Rover has formally unveiled the updates and new features the company has planned for the 2012 Land Rover LR4 and the 2012 Range Rover Sport models.

Engine options will not change for the 2012 model year, but a key addition to both models for 2012 is the use of a brand new ZF eight speed gearbox, which will be paired to the 3.0 liter V6 turbo-diesel engine. The engine itself has seen a modest horsepower boost going up from 245 horsepower to a more robust 252 horsepower. As a bonus, the company claims that the 3.0 liter V6 will see decreased emissions and increased fuel economy numbers thanks to the transmission’s extra gears and the use of a brand new low flow fuel injection system. Unfortunately, the new gearbox will not find its way to the V8 versions of the Range Rover Sport and LR4 which will retain the familiar six speed automatic gearbox for 2012.

Along with the mechanical upgrades for the 3.0 liter turbodiesel V6, Land Rover also has a fair number of interior tweaks and upgrades that will debut for the 2012 model year. One of these upgrades is a brand new seven inch touchscreen with dual view. Dual view gives the driver the ability to view items such as navigation prompts and allows passengers to watch a movie or a television show at the same time. Other interior tweaks include updated gauges, a revised information panel, bluetooth audio streaming, revamped steering wheel stalks, and a brand new rear entertainment system with USB input. Exterior tweaks and other small touches help differentiate the two models with the LR4 gaining two wheel designs, new option packages, and new exterior color choices. The 2012 Range Rover Sport will see equally modest updates as well with new exterior colors, revised center wheel caps, and a brand new programmable tailgate rounding out the list of updates.

As of this writing, there are currently no plans to bring either the eight speed transmission or the 3.0 liter turbo diesel V6 to U.S shores, but the rest of the updates should begin arriving at a Land Rover dealer near you this coming fall.

Author: Carl Malek

Carl Malek is Techshake’s resident German car fanatic and follower of all things General Motors. Carl first entered the world of automotive journalism as a freelance photographer during his freshman year of college before making the switch to automotive writing several years later. Carl developed an interest in cars at an early age, which helped him overcome the challenges of a learning disability in mathematics. In addition to writing for Techshake community, Carl also contributes to many car forums and enjoys attending automotive events in the Metro Detroit area with his family. Carl’s message for others with learning disorders is to believe in yourself, be persistent, and face all challenges head on.

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