It should arrive next year.
We know Land Rover is currently developing the next-generation Range Rover models, as evidenced by recent spy shots. Our photographers have already captured the big Range Rover out testing one of its upcoming electrified drivetrains. We got a sneak peek of the new interior too, but for the first time we now have shots depicting the next-generation Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
Though it carries less prestige than the proper Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport is one of Land Rover's most popular models. It will ride on a new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) platform, which will underpin the full-size model as well. MLA was developed with electrification in mind, meaning we should see mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric variants.
This test mule is heavily camouflaged, meaning Land Rover is likely in the early stages of development. The overall shape looks similar to the big Range Rover, but the Sport appears to have more angles and creases in the bodywork. Proportionally, this prototype seems around the same size as the current model but with shorter front and rear overhangs. We can barely make out sleeker headlights and taillights through the camo, which should make the Range Rover Sport look more like the Velar.
Though these shots do not reveal the interior, we expect the Range Rover Sport to feature similar interior upgrades as its larger sibling. The new Range Rover receives a Defender-style steering wheel, dual touchscreen controls, and a different shifter design.
Under the hood, we anticipate turbocharged four-cylinder and inline-six engines with various levels of hybrid assistance, though the V8 option remains a question mark. Land Rover reportedly struck a deal with BMW, possibly to borrow BMW's twin-turbo V8 or electric drivetrain from the upcoming iX. The full-size Range Rover should arrive later this year as a 2022 model year vehicle, but the smaller Range Rover Sport is not expected to debut until next year as a 2023 model.