SPIED: 2018 Range Rover Sport Coupe
Facing an onslaught of four-door ‘coupe-style’ SUVs from its German competitors, Jaguar Land Rover is firing a return shot across the Channel.
A new model photographed while testing shows an addition to the Range Rover lineup, expected to bow in 2018. The model, which shares a lightweight aluminum alloy frame with the Jaguar F-Pace, could be called the Sport Coupe, though company insiders still refer to it as the Evoque Plus or Evoque XL.
The Sport Coupe is designed to fill the gap between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport, as well as give BMW and Mercedes-Benz something to be worried about. Slightly shorter than an X6 or GLE Coupe, the Sport Coupe should boast good handling characteristics, thanks to the F-Pace’s suspension and aluminum body.
The sloping roofline and short rear overhang can be seen in the photos, along with an abbreviated rear door. (Sporty cars are supposed to have a lot up front, and little in the back.) Inside, expect a luxurious, cockpit-style layout and a 2+2 seating configuration.
There’s not much known about the Sport Coupe’s powertrain, but JLR has an extensive lineup of six-and eight-cylinder gas and diesel engines available for use. It’s possible Range Rover could source the four-cylinder engines found in the F-Pace, and one day adopt the electric powertrain being developed for that model.
[Images: @ 2016 Spiedbilde/The Truth About Cars]
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- DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
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- MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.