Range Rover Sport has been spied for the first time undergoing testing in Northern England, outside the firm’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire.
At first glance, spies thought it was another Range Rover Vogue, but a closer inspection revealed it was actually the Range Rover Sport.
Although heavily camouflaged with pixelated-cladding, the Sport is unmistakeable thanks to a more steeply-raked windscreen, a narrower side glass area, lower roof and a sloping roof line. There's also shorter overhangs, different lights and a larger roof spoiler.
The rear windscreen is also slightly more rounded and upright. The prominent side sills also aid in the sportier stance.
Under the skin, the new Range Rover Sport is sit on a modified Jaguar XJ aluminium platform. This should mean a momentous weight-loss compared to the current body-on-frame model. Reports suggest Land Rover could cut as much as 400kg (882lbs) from the kerb-weight, bringing the total down to around 2,100kg (4,630lbs).
Engines for the new model will include the 3.0 litre V6 diesel and 5.0 litre V8 petrol in naturally-aspirated and supercharged forms, as seen in the current car. A turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel have also been rumoured to improve the vehicle’s overall fuel economy. All units will use an eight-speed automatic gearbox that drives all four-wheels.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport could be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this September. A plug-in hybrid as previewed with the Range_e concept is planned to arrive in 2015.
Via WorldCarFans.com and Autoevolution.com