- The next-generation Range Rover Sport is nearing production.
- All-aluminum construction will be utilized to drastically reduce overall weight.
- Power will come from V8 engines, although V6 options may be added later.
GAYDON, England — Prototypes of the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport were spotted testing in England recently ahead of its expected debut later this year.
The next-generation Range Rover Sport will ride on the same all-aluminum platform as the recently introduced Range Rover flagship SUV. Code named L494, the fully redesigned Range Rover Sport will shed a considerable amount of weight compared to the current model. The latest full-size Range Rover dropped 700 pounds compared to its predecessor.
Although the proportions of the Sport are similar to the standard Range Rover, the new styling looks as though it will incorporate some styling cues from the smaller Range Rover Evoque. Most of the resemblance can be seen up front, as these prototypes had short grilles and large air intakes with LED marker lights that looked very similar to the design of the Evoque.
In back, the Range Rover Sport looks like it will get a more exaggerated roof spoiler, revised fascia and slightly more pronounced exhaust pipes. A new wheel design that's unique to the Sport also looks like it will be part of the package.
Under the hood, the Range Rover Sport will likely mimic the engine lineup in the redesigned Range Rover. Base models will get a normally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 with 375 horsepower. Top-of-the-line models will use the supercharged version of the same engine that delivers 510 hp.
Expect to see a V6 model added after launch, likely the 380-hp supercharged V6 introduced in the Jaguar F-Type sports car. All engines will use an eight-speed automatic transmission, although the Sport looks as though it will get a traditional console shifter instead of a rotary controller.
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport will officially debut during the next six months. Sales should begin either late this year or in early 2014.
Edmunds says: Less weight and more engine options should make this version of the Range Rover Sport every bit as popular as the original.