Friday, October 28, 2011

Spyshots: 2014 Range Rover Sport

2014 Range Rover Sport

Everybody’s talking bout the new Range Rover, which will be lighter with the expectation for the new vehicle being sky-high. But what about the Range Rover Sport? The Sport was crying for a lighter, more dynamic chassis even harder than its more upmarket sibling.

You see, the Sport actually comes with on-road handling that is inferior to its big brother’s one, as it uses the Discovery’s Integrated Body Frame chassis, which even though promises to be a compromise between a ladder chassis setup and a on-road driving-focused one, clearly favors the first.

Fortunately, for the next generations, both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport will share a modified version of the Jaguar XJ’s aluminum chassis. This will allow the Range Rover to shed around 880 pounds (400 kg), so the Sport should come with a similar move. In addition to that, the new platform will brings us the first-ever seven-seater Range Rover Sport.

While the Range Rover is already in the final development stages, Land Rover is currently using a test mule for the Sport, which that adds new element to the current body. Thus, the Range Rover is expected to arrive in fall 2012, but we’ll probably have to wait more for the Sport version.

As you can see in the images, we get a multitude of front fascia changes, as well as a an exhaust system that sits bellow the suspension. We have to note that the latter is one of the most unusual features we’ve ever seen on a test vehicle.

Just like in the case of its big brother, the engines are expected to be carried over from the current generation, with a hybrid version set to arrive sometime after the car is launched.

More Pictures below:

Source: AutoEvolution

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