Although it's the smallest Range Rover in the lineup, the Evoque has made a huge impression. When it was introduced to the market a couple years ago, it was admired for its aggressive stance, devilishly raked windshield, and daring roofline. No other SUVs on the road looked as stunning as the Evoque, not even its own stablemates. Fast forward to now, and the Evoque's surefire design has transformed the big daddy Range Rover, and now the Range Rover Sport, which we take a closer look at below.
Like the Range Rover, the Sport loses its boxy and upright stance in favor of a raked front fascia and an aggressive lower valence with a skid plate that mimics the Evoque. The two-bar grille remains, though the LED headlights have been stretched out and pulled back. The foglight housings that flank the lower valence are also larger, with rectangular LED foglights replacing the previous car's round ones. New additions to the clamshell hood are vents on the sides.
Though the traditional Range Rover profile remains, the new Sport gets muscular flared wheel arches and sleeker air vents on the side body panels. The roofline is also in line with the Evoque as it slopes down toward the rear, but the previous car's high-rise greenhouse in the front and the large glass windows remain. The integrated rear spoiler also comes out a bit farther, while the bulbous rear end has been smoothed out. Moving back, the LED taillamps have the same wing-tipped design as the headlights as they wrap around to the rear quarter panel. More Evoque styling cues here include a rear skid plate flanked by exhaust pipes. The Range Rover badge has also moved from below the license plate housing to right below the rear window.
Inside is also a completely new environment. Land Rover sought to make the interior driver-centric with a less upright seating position similar to the Evoque's. Other transplants from the baby Rover include the navigation screen and instrument cluster. What the Sport didn't get was the Evoque's transmission dial, keeping it's predecessor's vertical shifter instead. With a set of three dials, the center stack has a much cleaner appearance since the buttons have been scrapped.
The new 2014 Range Rover Sport looks more modern without deviating too far from the classic styling of its predecessor. Is the 2014 Range Rover more attractive, or does it look too much like a bigger Evoque? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Last week, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade inspired mixed reactions. "It's very Refreshing, because I like the way the front looks like the CTS and a bit like the upcoming ELR," said nvbrown0621. Others like jbernard thought GM didn't do enough. "Overall a lazy effort from Cadillac and GM, and no Barcalounger, bedazzled headlights, or silly taillights can convince me otherwise."
Kvnceleste didn't care either way. "The new Escalade isn't ugly, but it's not great looking either. The front is nice and the interior is nice, but the taillights are too tall."