If you are looking for the vehicle that can be all luxurious, stylish and athletic but also off-road ready and efficient you won’t find many of that kind and Range Rover Sport is one of them. This well-rounded SUV entered in its second generation for the 2014 model year and has also received some important upgrades in last model years including the diesel powertrain. However, Jaguar Land Rover seems to be reading to give this model the mid-cycle update but also to introduce the Coupe variant of this premium SUV. With the new 2018 Range Rover Sport Coupe, this brand will enter the ring with models like BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.
New for 2018:
Based on what we know so far, the new regular version of this model will get some visual upgrades while the new Coupe variant will be its more rakish and sportier variant. Mechanically, both versions will be almost identical but it is also possible that a new 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder engine will be available.
2018 Range Rover Sport: Platform, Styling changes
Structurally and mechanically the new 2018 Range Rover Sport won’t change and it will remain aluminum-bodied vehicle riding on the same platform which shares a lot of similarities with its larger relative the Range Rover. The new Coupe variant of this model will also be structurally very similar to its conventional version except it will get specific suspension tuning oriented more toward on-road ride and comfort than for the off-road adventures.
In terms of the visual appearance, the regular version should get revised front fascia. The prototype spotted while testing seems to have reworked front bumper and reshaped air intakes. Slightly tweaked headlights bracket also revised grille design and its surround. The hood also seems to have slightly changed design matching the changes on the grille.
The Coupe version looks to share the same design with the regular model when looking from the front bumper to the C-pillars. However, the rest of its design gets the coupe-like form. The model has steeply raked rear glass and the roof line which drops faster than on the conventional model. The haunches seem to be wider on this model as well and thanks to all that it looks sportier and more stylish than the regular Range Rover Sport.
Interior of the new model should remain pretty much the same as on the current version. However, we expect that coupe model will get sportier interior design and seats. On the other hand, the coupe-like Range Rover Sport will trade some of its rear seat and cargo space and possibly the third optional seat row for the more stylish look.
In terms of available features, all models will be richly equipped. The leather upholstery, heated seats, power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, power adjustable steering wheel, an 8-inch center screen and much more will be available from the base trim.
All expected safety features like the blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, surround view cameras, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and more will also be the part of this story.
2018 Range Rover Sport: Powertrains
The current range of powertrains should also be available for the new 2018 Range Rover Sport. However, the new Range Rover Sport might be the first Range Rover to get a 2.0-liter Ingenium petrol powertrain which should produce more than 300 hp.
On the other hand, the customers will have a chance to choose from the current engine range. The current entry-level 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 should again be available and produce around 340 hp and torque of 332 pound-feet.
The more fuel efficient 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel will produce around 254 hp and torque 440 lb-ft. It will return around 29 mpg highway while V-6 petrol will earn 23 mpg highway.
We should again expect the range-topping 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine. It will be capable of delivering 510 hp and torque of 461 lb-ft. In the SVR version, this engine will produce 550 hp and torque will reach 502 lb-ft.
All versions will get an eight -speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive.
2018 Range Rover Sport: Release, Price
The new 2018 Range Rover Sport should debut in mid-2017 and go on sale later this year. The price should start from around mid-$60,000 while the range-topping models will cost more than $110k.