Land Rover has announced a raft of updates for its Range Rover Sport, including the adoption of an electrified straight-six turbodiesel engine.

The new 48 V mild-hybrid powertrain effectively replaces the Ford-derived V6 oil-burner in the Sport range, although it remains to be seen when these updates will be rolled out to the South African line-up (Land Rover SA says it will happen at an undetermined "later stage").

The fresh Ingenium powerplant will be offered in D250, D300 and D350 form, with power outputs ranging from 183 kW to 258 kW.

The British firm claims these new engines are “smoother, more refined and more efficient” than the units they replace. The D350 variant is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 6,9 seconds, thanks to peak outputs of 258 kW and 700 N.m.

So, what else is new in the Range Rover Sport line-up? Well, there are fresh exterior paint colours along with the adoption of new in-cabin technology. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ship standard, while up to eight 4G Wi-Fi connections can be made. In addition, a new cabin air ionisation system (now with PM2.5 filtration) has been added.