Next-gen Range Rover Sport (Hybrid) development begins

The next-gen Range Rover Sport development has begun, and prototypes have been put on public roads for testing now. The 2023 Range Rover Sport could arrive about a year after the 2022 Range Rover, probably at the end of next year.

Design

Spy pictures suggest that the Range Rover Sport will once again assume the role of a younger sibling of the Range Rover. At least the stately proportions and signature design cues will be retained. Progress will be evolutionary on the looks front, although that’s exactly what loyal customers would seek in the next generation.

The next-gen Range Rover Sport would have visibly shorter rear overhangs compared to the next-gen Range Rover. Another difference between the two is likely to be a more strongly tapering tail on the Sport model, a design feature that may remind some of the Range Rover SV Coupe that never made it to production. This means that once again, JLR will be able to disguise the 5+2 SUV as a sportier five-seater.

Interior

More extensive changes could be seen on the inside, although JLR designers may repeat the classical SUV elements like chunky four-spoke steering, fat dashboard, vertical AC vents, and so on. Auto Express reader Peter Siu has spotted a large central screen, which could be the Pivi Pro infotainment system’s 11.4-inch unit.

Platform & Powertrains

The RR Sport will be underpinned by the new MLA (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) platform that was supposed to debut in the next-gen Jaguar XJ, which was canceled early this year. The MLA platform supports full electrification. So, a Range Rover Sport EV/Range Rover Sport Electric should follow in a few years, possibly with powertrains co-developed with BMW Group. At launch, partial electrification should be standard across the range, with mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid technologies.

Price & Release Date

The next-gen Range Rover Sport may hit the U.S. showrooms in early 2023, at prices starting around USD 72,000.

Featured image: Jaguar Land Rover; current-gen Range Rover Sport pictured in the story