BMW’s X6 SUV and the Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe are definitely getting a worthy opponent. The all-new coupe-like SUV will come from Great Britain and will be named the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Coupe. It’s basically just a more sloping version of today’s Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV and nothing else, but people simply love these kind vehicles, so manufacturers are approaching more seriously to the segment.
We managed to catch a prototype of Land Rover’s future coupe-like SUV. It’s still completely camouflaged, but it’s pretty clear that it won’t be too different from the regular model. Moreover, the front end appears to be almost identical. On the other hand, the roof sits much lower and the rear hatch sports more aerodynamics, so we can’t really imagine that there will be a third row of seating offered. Let’s be honest, it will be quite a miracle if the SUV provides a decent cargo capacity. The testing model you see here is hiding the D-pillar, which is a reason more to believe that there will be a steeply raked rear liftgate. The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Coupe is also getting slimmer taillights, so the production-ready model could also get a new pair of headlights as well.
Land Rover’s new crossover-coupe will ride on the aluminum-intensive platform. The architecture is introduced with the Jaguar F-pace, so have a pretty good idea what to expect. It’s light, very rigid, and highly stretchable. After all, the 2018 Range Rover Sport Coupe will be significantly longer from the F-Pace; it will feature almost the same footprint as the BMW X6.
The car manufacturer will offer several engines here. The base model will probably come with a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, which is capable of delivering up to 380 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. A turbo-diesel V-6 and a supercharged also seem like a good choice, as well as a 5.0-liter V-8. Yes, the SUV will get the SVR treatment and everything less than 550 horsepower is out of the question here. Of course, all engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Coupe will be introduced sometime this year, but it won’t hit the showrooms before early 2018. The price will start at around $60,000, yet the range-topping SVR could easily go over $120,000.