Land Rover could take on the segment-defying BMW X6 with a stylish crossover-coupe

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport
British media outlets are reporting that the next addition to the Land Rover family will be a stylish, form-over-function model with a steeply raked roof line.

The segment-defying SUV is known as the L560 internally, but it could be dubbed Range Rover Sport Coupe when it goes on sale. Unlike the iconic Range Rover, the Sport Coupe will be a road-focused model built on the same aluminum-intensive platform as Jaguar’s new F-Pace. It’s expected to be the most driver-oriented member of the Land Rover lineup because it will use suspension and steering components borrowed from the Jaguar parts bin.

The Sport Coupe will stretch about 185 inches from bumper to bumper, meaning it will slot neatly between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, and it will be noticeably smaller than both the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Inside, it will feature a luxurious cabin inspired by the world of sports cars, and it will offer space for four passengers in its standard configuration.

Mechanically, the Sport Coupe will launch with gasoline- and diesel-burning six- and eight-cylinder engines borrowed from other members of the Jaguar-Land Rover family. Land Rover reportedly hasn’t ruled out offering a SVR-badged version of the Sport Coupe powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine rated at 542 horsepower. Most models will come with four-wheel drive, though the Sport Coupe won’t be as capable off the beaten path as a standard Range Rover.

Buyers who want a vehicle that blends stylishness with efficiency are in luck. A plug-in hybrid drivetrain built around a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine will be offered in select markets, and an all-electric model built using bits and pieces sourced from Jaguar’s upcoming E-Pace might join the lineup a little later in the production run.

British magazine Autocar believes the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Coupe will go on sale next year with a base price of approximately £60,000, a sum that represents roughly $85,000 at the current conversion rate.

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