Development of the next-generation Range Rover Sport is well underway – but don’t expect the finished product to be a clone of the vehicle you see here. Although Motor Trend’s spies recently caught a development vehicle out and about on public roads, its’ a safe bet the SUV is but a work in progress.
Though the prototype appears unchanged from the A-pillars back, the vehicle’s nose – which is comprised of a number of misshaped and awkward panels – suggests it could merely be a development mule. Given Range Rover’s recent design language, we wouldn’t be surprised if the new front clip, if not the entire vehicle, bears a close resemblance to the new Evoque.
Although the current Range Rover Sport and Range Rover use different platforms, the next-generation forms of both models are expected to share a single vehicle architecture. Taking a cue from corporate sibling Jaguar, the models are expected to be built largely from aluminum in an effort to keep the curb weight to a reasonable level. Powertrain details are still to be determined, but a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic will likely be paired with slightly tweaked versions of current gasoline and diesel engine offerings.
Rumors of a greener Range Rover have floated for years, and were spurred by the appearance of the Range Rover Sport-based Range-e plug-in hybrid concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. That vehicle, which paired a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 with an electric motor and the aforementioned ZF automatic, reportedly allows for 20 miles of electric-powered driving. Land Rover has hinted such a powertrain will eventually reach production; we wouldn’t be shocked (pun intended) to see it wind up in the next Range Rover Sport and Range Rover models.
Until more details emerge, head over to Motor Trend to see more shots of the mysterious prototype for yourself.
Source: Motor Trend