Jaguar Land Rover is, reportedly, working on a new SUV-coupe model, based on the Range Rover Sport. The new Range Rover Sport Coupe might be unveiled in 2017, while it is expected to debut the British luxury marquee's all-new electric drivetrain. Being believed to be positioned between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, it would be challenging the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and BMW X6. It has been spotted during its test runs at the nurburgring, albeit fully camouflaged.
It is being learnt that the new coupe model would be underpinning the same aluminium architecture as the Jaguar F-PACE. It would subsequently result in a low weight around 1800 kgs, which is nearly 400 kgs lesser than the Mercedes GLE Coupe and BMW X6. The new Range Rover Sport Coupe would measure 4.7 meters in length and is said to 'set new standards for a Range Rover’s styling, interior and road-focused handling'. For those asking, the GLE Coupe and X6 measures 4.9 meters in length. The cabin is expected to feature a 4-seat layout. It is learnt to be more of a ‘cockpit’ than any previous Range Rover, with a 2+1 rear seat. The fifth seatbelt would be on offer as optional feature, while the cabin would be full of high-end luxury features.
Mechanically, the Range Rover Sport Coupe is expected to be introduced in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. They, in all likelihood, would be powered by the 6- and 8-cylinder engines. It is least expected to borrow Jaguar F-PACE's 4-cylinder powertrains. Speaking of the all-electric engine, it is being developed specifically for the upcoming I-PACE electric vehicle (EV). Though, for the customers in Europe, Asia, and Middle East, the company could offer a hybrid powertrain, based on the 344.71hp 3.0 SDV6 HEV in the Range Rover Sport. Speculations are also rife that JLR would equip the range-topping variant of Range Rover Sport Coupe with the 5.0L V8 supercharged engine, which develops 550bhp of top power. Just so you know, Jaguar F-PACE SVR is currently under-development and is expected to be powered by the aforementioned engine.
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