New pictures of a 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport model have been found. But the biggest surprise of them all is that the spy photos of a testing mule doing rounds at the Nürburgring actually hide an SUV model underneath. So it leads us to believe that Range Rover is following suit after the releases of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and is coming out with a coupe car of their own.
The spotted car is a Land Rover model which shares its Range Rover Sport chassis, so we presume that the coupe will have the same wheelbase and suspensions system, but will offer a different kind of style and appearance all-together. We also predict that on the inside we could get the familiar JLR design language, with some alterations making it more unique and a standalone part of the car.
Being that BMW and Mercedes have done well since releasing their SUV versions, Land Rover has decided that they want a piece of the pie. They may be a little bit too late when it comes to hopping on the SUV band wagon but there is no way to predict the outcome of this move than actually seeing it play out. The model will get its release date soon and we might see it in action much sooner than some would predict.
We have all the information in this review and the predictions about the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport coupe car and what its future might be. You can study it carefully and that way be informed well off in advance.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Release Date News
For now there is no actual confirmation on when the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport might come out. Based on the speculations, it would be best that this car is released in 2018 and judging by the current look of the car and how it has been shaped we do see it making an appearance by early 2018.
The future 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport will have a competitive price with its rivals. The car might have a starting price of $78,000 for the coupe version, which is much higher compared to the base Sport model which is priced $65,000.
What are the Exterior Design Details?
When you look at the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport you would assume that it is just another refresh getting prepared for the car. But when you go into more details, particularly when you look at it from the rear, you realize the coupe-like proportions and see what this car actually is.
This model has a slanting rear window, although well-hidden, it can still be discerned under the camo. The lower fascia has been left the same but there are two exhaust pipes seen in the back protruding from the two mufflers on both sides of the hitch. It was also pretty clear that this testing mule uses an independent rear suspension system, which also gave it away.
The front end will have a completely new shape, and we see the lower fascia being updated with a larger grille and two smaller air inlets. It was also predicted that the base Range Rover Sport is going to change its face, so the things that we get to see in the coupe version might be some that will be transferred to the future production one of the base car.
Inside Change and Updates
The spy photos do now show the interior of the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. But, we do think that the coupe version will share the interior with the standard Range Rover Sport one. So expect to see a large and thin dashboard with a sloping face and a large center stack. The same three-spoke steering wheel is also expected which will be covered in a multitude of buttons.
There is also a great possibility that the interior of the coupe version will be set apart from its base one with the offered materials for the seats. We also expect the four bucket seats to be added and also padded with some good and comfortable materials and upholstery. But do not count on this model coming with a third row of seats this time.
What is the Powertrain Capability?
The new 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport will be offered with a standard set of powertrain options. This means that we are probably going to get a 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder and a couple turbodiesel options, with the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 one being on the table as well. The possible transmission choices is a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. For now the specs have yet to become available and we truly do not have a way to predict them for now. The base version of the car offers a performance from 340 hp and 332 ft of torque for the smallest and 550 hp and 502 ft of torque for the highest options. We will have to wait and see whether the numbers translate to the coupe version.
0-60 mph Capability
If the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport adopts the same kind of powertrain options as the base car has, there is a great possibility that the specs might translate as well. The coupe version might at the same time adopt the acceleration rates, which currently stand at around 7.6 seconds to reach 0-60 mph and a top speed of 134 which is governor limited. The specs might be similar but they will be a bit different as well.
Fuel Economy Specifications
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport will use the same engine as its base version. But will the coupe have the same fuel economy? That is a question that many are not sure whether they might be transferable. But the previous base version of the Range Rover car had an EPA rating of 22 mpg city drive, 29 mpg on the highway and a combined rating of 24 mpg. This does sound compatible but it is presumed that they will make certain changes and adapt the fuel consumption to an SUV kind one.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV will probably lose some spacing when compared to the standard model. In fact, the car will not transfer the third row of seats, that is for sure, and we also expect it to lose some interior headroom also. The cargo bay will also be smaller and will not be able to pack the same kind of offer which the base version has. But the dimensions will be made public once the car reaches its final development stage.
Safety Pieces and Equipment
With the introduction of the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, there are certainly going to be some new features when it comes to safety. The recent car has just gotten the added and updated technology when it comes to safety. So they will probably transfer it to the SUV version as well. Besides the standard set, expect to get an expanded offer which we have already seen in the previous base version of the Range Rover Sport. Some of the transferred safety systems which are going to be introduced here include the Low Traction Launch and Tow Assist which may be offered in the SUV form.
The competition vehicles that the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport will have to face cars that this SUV now tries to copy from. BMW and Mercedes were the first automakers that have leaped to the SUV segment and started offering the same kind of offer so it makes sense that the same company offers the rivals for the Range Rover Sport SUV. The said cars are the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class coupe model.
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