Land Rover is currently working on its second-generation Range Rover Sport SUV, which will feature much more aggressive styling to differentiate itself from the standard Range Rover model.
According to design director Gerry McGovern, the next-gen Range Rover Sport “would be given more personality than before,” so that it can be “separated a bit more,” from the Range Rover. The New Range Rover Sport is set to make its debut in the middle of next year and will be on sale before the end of 2013.
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Rumor has it that the British automaker is potentially adding a seven-seater option for the Range Rover Sport for the first time in the model’s history, though McGovern did not confirm the option. In fact, the design director stated that it would be a “challenge” to give the Range Rover Sport a seven-seat option given its sporty profile.
The new Range Rover Sport will be built on Jaguar Land Rover’s Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) which features a riveted and bonded aluminum monocoque to help shave significant weight – up to 660 lbs, making it around 4,761 lbs. In addition, insiders have reported that Land Rover is considering a four-cylinder powerplant for the Sport model, shaving more weight and enhancing fuel efficiency for those not seeking a high-performance SUV.
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