Now that the fourth-generation Land Rover Range Rover is on sale, we can expect a new version of the Range Rover Sport in short order. In fact, it should be fairly soon, given the minimal amount of camouflage this tester was wearing when our spy shooter caught it undergoing cold-weather testing.
Despite the geometric wrap and snow covering the car, we now have a reasonably clear look at the face of the second-generation Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Unsurprisingly, the Sport blends heavy Evoque overtones with the softer, more mature looks of the top-dog Range Rover. Up front, we can clearly see floating LED foglights similar to the Evoque’s; however, the Sport will have larger trapezoidal intakes, versus the rectangular ones found on the smallest Range Rover. The Sport also mimics the design of the Evoque’s skid plate, but, again, larger and more exaggerated on the bigger vehicle. Moving up the fascia, the Sport is pure Range Rover: the grille is a blacked-out version of the one found on the top-dog Rover, and the Sport wears the same wraparound headlights with Uo-shaped LED running lights.
Much of the rest of the 2014 Range Rover Sport is obscured by camo and snow, but we can see that it will have a rising character line through the door handles like the Range Rover (ignore that black tape line) and a faster roofline akin to (but not nearly as daring as) the Evoque’s. The Sport’s tailgate – from what we can see through the snow – will be more like the Evoque, with wide, high taillights and triangular rear foglights mounted down low. Although we can’t see it, don’t be surprised if the interior becomes more austere and luxurious in the same vein of the Sport’s big brother.
Expect to see the 5.0-liter V-8 engine from the Range Rover appear in the Sport once again, most likely in both naturally-aspirated and supercharged forms. We wouldn’t be surprised if the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 from the Jaguar XJ and XF also made an appearance in the next Range Rover Sport, too. That would mean a choice of powerplants ranging from 340 to 510 hp. The only transmission will most likely be a ZF-source eight-speed automatic. Also expect to see the Terrain Response 2 off-roading system from the big Range Rover available as an option on the Sport, if not standard.
Our guess is that the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport will make its official debut this fall, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.