Here's your first look at the new Range Rover Sport undergoing testing.
Now that the new Land Rover Defender has debuted, Land Rover is preparing for its next major model launch: the new third-generation Range Rover Sport. The current Range Rover Sport has been on sale for seven years now, so the time is right for a replacement.
Since the Range Rover Sport is one of Land Rover's best-selling and most profitable models, the new version will be Land Rover's most important model to help the company recover from its recent financial woes. While the new Range Rover Sport isn't expected to go on sale until 2022, development has already begun as our spies have caught the new Range Rover Sport preparing to fight the Porsche Cayenne for the first time during cold-weather testing.
Sadly, the new Range Rover Sport is heavily camouflaged, so the design details are difficult to make out. The exterior appears to have a boxier shape, but the overall design is expected to be an evolution of the current model mixed with cues from the Range Rover Velar.
In other words, don't expect the design changes to be as dramatic as the current Range Rover Sport compared to the first-generation model. At this stage of the new luxury SUV's production, we're surprised to see the Range Rover Sport out testing before the standard Range Rover, which is also getting a redesign.
Both the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will ride on Jaguar Land Rover's new MLA platform that will debut with the fully-electricJaguar XJ later this year and supports combustion, hybrid and fully electric powertrains. As a result, the new Range Rover Sport should be significantly lighter thanks to the platform's aluminum construction.
Under the hood, the new regular Range Rover is expected to use a BMW-sourced V8, while the new Range Rover Sport will reportedly have a more efficient straight-six incorporating mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology. A BMW-sourced four-cylinder hybrid model could also join the model lineup. The new Range Rover Sport is expected to go on sale as a 2022 model, so it will most likely debut next year after the regular Range Rover gets a redesign.