Range Rover coupe on the way
- Three-door coupe of Range Rover Sport planned
- Likely to arrive in 2009
- Land Rover also developing a new diesel engine
Land Rover is working on a three-door coupe version of its new Range Rover Sport off-roader.
The company originally said a three-door Sport would never be built because it would not be popular enough in the US. Now it thinks a shift in the US market means the car can be developed and marketed as a coupe.
It is likely to be a rakish design as a result, but it will still fall some way short of the dramatic Range Stormer concept that announced Land Rover’s intention to produce a more road-focused model like the Sport.
The coupe is due for launch halfway through the lifecycle of the Sport, so is unlikely to arrive until around 2009. With the model that far off it is difficult to speculate on price, but it should be a little cheaper than five-door models with equivalent engines.
Land Rover is also busy developing a new diesel engine. The company has not discussed timescales or power outputs, but the engine is sure to offer more power than the existing 2.7-litre V6, which develops up to 206bhp. It will be available for both Range Rover models as well as the Land Rover Discovery.
- The Dynamic Response suspension system developed for the Sport will be available on the standard Range Rover from next year. The system monitors cornering forces and adjusts settings to reduce body lean.
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