The brand new Range Rover Sport wasn’t supposed to be unleashed until it’s official debut at the New York Motor Show this month, though images of the undisguised vehicle were leaked on the internet recently.
So what is the new Range Rover like?
As it was expected, the new sport model has a design somewhere in between the most recent Range Rover and the Evoque model. For instance, the headlights are very similar to Range Rover’s flagship model, whilst the two bar grille, foglight design and underbody protector have all been taken from the Evoque.
In the side panels of the Range Rover there is a vertical faux vent but the Sport uses similar vents in the front wing as the Evoque. There is a large rear spoiler too on the model along with a sweeping roofline.
The interior design is expected to take a large influence from the Range Rover, though with a stub gear selector to replace the rotary dial. There will also be five and seven seat versions of the model, though the third row of seats are expected to be for more occasional use.
The previous Range Rover Sport model used the same intergrated body frame platform that was used on the discovery. Though the new car will be switching to an aluminium platform like the latest Range Rover. This will cut the weight of the vehicle quite significantly from the current Sport model that has a kerbweight of 2,535kg. considering that the new Range Rover lost 400kg in comparison to it’s predecessor.
The off road ability of this model may not match that of it’s big brother, though Land Rover will more than likely fit the Sport with the latest Terrain Response system, which can be used to adjust the settings of the car, depending on what kind of surface it is driving on.
Engine is expected to be the same as the standard Range Rover
The engine line up is expected to be the same as the standard Range Rover model, so will more than likely to kick off with a 3.0 litre V6 diesel. The starting prices of the vehicle are expected to be around £55,000 but full details of the new Range Rover Sport model will be revealed at the end of this month.