It has been a long time that the Range Rover Sport has not gotten a drastic change since the second-generation model was introduced at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Now the British-based automaker Land Rover is reportedly working hard on the next-generation 2018 Range Rover Sport. This mid-size luxury SUV will be ready to hit the North American market as the third-generation model and is expected to arrive at dealerships in the near future. According to recent reports, the third-generation Range Rover Sport will receive a number of changes, including redesigns on its exterior and interior, as well as upgrading its powertrain.
The 2018 Range Rover Sport has been caught recently in prototype form when this luxury SUV underwent testing. There are some changes that you can see on the exterior design like a new grille and bumper design, as well as a redesigned air intake. As we know that the current Range Rover model is still unrivaled in the luxury SUV segment in recent years. This is thanks to what Land Rover doing by continuing to provide refresher on this SUV. Now demand for Sport Utility Vehicles has increased dramatically in the automotive industry and this has led some of its competitors to compete in the luxury SUV segment, including Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Maybach and Bentley.
Moving into the cabin, there are several changes and upgrades multimedia systems for the third-generation 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR and Velar. The new SVR flagship model will be equipped with a new electronic driver assist and new twin-screen infotainment system. Meanwhile, the Velar model will be available with two 10-inch touchscreen displays that are integrated into a new multimedia system. The exterior will get a minor redesign that includes an updated grille, a new front bumper design, as well as a wheel with the latest pattern that is not the same as the previous model.
2018 Range Rover Sport Performance Specs
In addition to the standard model, Land Rover will reportedly also provide a high-performance upgrade for the new 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR by placing a new supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. Output power will reach 550 horsepower, although this is the same engine that you can find in the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR that offers 575 horsepower. Looking at the spy shots pictures, the upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR will receive changes to its front bumper and new air intake. This makes us speculate that the automaker will offer supercharged powertrain on this luxury SUV. The Range Rover Sport is currently available in three powertrain options with gasoline and diesel fuel in the United States.
Starting from a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine capable of delivering 254 horsepower, followed by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with peak output of 340 horsepower and a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine capable of spewing up to 550 horsepower. Regardless of the gasoline and diesel options, Land Rover will most likely also offer a new plug-in hybrid variant paired to a four-cylinder gasoline engine for the new 2018 Range Rover Sport. The current model is basically already available in several countries with a choice of diesel-electric hybrid variants. What we know so far that this technology combines an electric motor and lithium-ion battery installed between the engine and gearbox. It has long been introduced on the Range Rover Sport Concept_e PHEV since 2015.
2018 Range Rover Sport Price and Release Date
There has been no official announcement regarding release date, but the 2018 Range Rover Sport is expected to be launched in the US market later this year along with the upcoming high-performance SVR models and the new Range Rover Sport Velar shortly thereafter. Prices are expected to remain unchanged from the current model, which starts at a base MSRP of $65,650 in the United States. Speaking of its competitors, the third-generation Range Rover Sport is targeted to compete in the mid-size luxury SUV segment with several key rivals including the Mercedes-Benz M Class, Porsche Cayenne, Jeep Grand Cherokee and BMW X6.