Range Rover May Build F-Pace–Based Sport Coupé
Model to be Positioned Between Evoque and Range Rover Sport
If your definition of “coupe” is two doors, welcome to the new world. The c-word now refers to anything automakers want to differentiate as niche, stylish, or sporty. Especially as used with crossovers, “coupe” typically designates a fastback design derivative of a more mainstream model. In the case of Land Rover, it looks as though its forthcoming “coupe” model could be a bespoke model not based on any current Land Rover platform but rather borrowing from corporate stablemate Jaguar. Britain’s Autocar claims Land Rover is working on a road-performance–oriented model positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport models, likely to be called the Range Rover Sport Coupé.
The report says the Sport Coupe had been informally referred to as the Evoque XL, although the Evoque and F-Pace are on entirely different chassis. The report claims the model will be the most performance-oriented Land Rover model to date, with a “cockpit-like” driver-focused interior and an unusual 2+1 rear seat arrangement, emphasizing its sporting mission.
With its longitudinal powertrain arrangement, almost any current engine in the JLR stable could be fit, up to the 5.0L supercharged V-8, which would give it up to 550 hp. Other candidates include the 3.0L supercharged V-6 and the new (to the U.S.) Td6 turbodiesel V-6. The report says the Sport Coupé could also be the first Land Rover model to offer an all-electric drivetrain, which is being developed for the electrified version of the Jaguar F-Pace and rumored to be called the I-Pace. Although Jaguar Land Rover just announced the construction of a new plant in Slovakia, the Sport Coupé would likely be built at the Solihull, England, plant, where the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models are currently built.