R-R Sport Coupe spied

When the Jaguar F-Pace SUV was unveiled, there were initial mutterings of concern regarding the Coventry half of the Jaguar Land Rover group possibly treading on Solihull’s toes in the realm of off-road capable vehicles. No matter, they said, the F-Pace is decidedly more sporty and driver-focused even when compared to the more road-biased Range Rover Sport. What’s this, then – an even sportier Range Rover Sport?

Seen here is a Range Rover Sport Coupe set to take on the sleeker versions of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, namely the X6 and the GLE Coupe respectively.

Referred to internally as the ‘Evoque Plus’ or ‘Evoque XL’, it implies classification that is firmly above the Evoque, but below the Range Rover Sport. Its platform shared with the Jaguar F-Pace means it is distinct from the Range Rover Sport from the ground up.

R-R Sport Coupe spied

It also employs a longitudinal engine layout like the two larger Range Rover models’, meaning it will be set to use the company’s V6 and V8 engines as well as the new Ingenium diesel and upcoming petrol four-cylinder modular engines, paired to an eight-speed transmission for all-wheel-drive deployment duties.

Its estimated 4.70-metre overall length makes it shorter than the 4.9-metre BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, whilst slotting in nicely in between the 4.4-metre Evoque and the 4.8-metre Range Rover Sport.

No glimpses of this vehicle’s interior just yet, however one can expect an even greater departure from the L405 Range Rover and the L494 Range Rover Sport in terms of having an even more driver-centric front cabin environment. The expected rear seat arrangement also reflects this; it is now a 2+1 rather than a full three-abreast rear bench. the more compact interior is wrapped up in a lower, more sloping roofline towards the rear and an even shorter rear overhang for a sportier look.