The new Range Rover Sport will be unveiled on March 26 when it is driven through Manhattan, a day before the opening of the New York motor show.
The company has released this official teaser shot of the new car and says that the location of the Sport’s debut is entirely appropriate, because New York City is the model’s single biggest metropolitan market and the Sport is also currently Land Rover’s best-selling model in North America.
John Edwards, Land Rover’s global brand director, said: “The all-new Range Rover Sport takes the model to another level. It is Land Rover’s most dynamic vehicle yet and showcases the best of British design, engineering and technological innovation.”
The new Sport is based on the same all-aluminium, bonded and riveted PLA (Premium Lightweight Architecture) platform as the recently laucned Mk4 Range Rover. It will be built alongside the flagship model at the company’s new PLA production line in Solihull, West Midlands.
It is expected to be a good 300kg lighter than the outgoing Sport, which is based on the same heavy-duty T5 platform as the Land Rover Discovery 4. This should mean that the base V6 diesel Sport will weigh in at about 2160kg.
Those who have seen the finished product say that the new car is “more obviously sporting” than the current Sport. It will be visually differentiated from the Range Rover by a more sharply raked roofline, shorter rear overhang, deeper body sides and more aggressive treatment for the nose and tail.
The Sport will also come with the option of seven seats, to help it compete more directly with the upcoming, all-new BMW X5. To add to its competitiveness in this segment, sources say that the Sport will get the option of a new base 2.0-litre diesel engine.
Land Rover's new Sport will also be offered with a hybrid drivetrain in some markets.