Spied testing recently in the UK, this development mule hints at several key design details beneath its full camouflage.
The current model’s raked roofline is a given, but the new version will feature an Evoque-like rising beltline to accentuate this aggressive stance - a detail Land Rover has worked to hide on this mule with heavy tape along its flanks.
Frontal styling for the Sport looks to blend elements of the Evoque and Range Rover, with headlights shaped to emulate both and a heavily Evoque-influenced fascia design.
At the rear, the Sport’s taillight design looks closer to the smaller Evoque units than the taller Range Rover design, along with an also Evoque-like rear bumper design.
These shots also suggest that the 2013 Range Rover’s faux front door gills will make their way onto the Sport.
The new Sport is set to share more in common with the flagship Range Rover than the current model, which shares its drivelines and separate frame underpinnings with the lesser Discovery wagon.
This means a version of the Range Rover’s aluminium monocoque construction for the Sport - destined to bring significant weight savings over the current model which currently tips the scales at 2489kg in its lightest Australian spec.
Revised versions of the current 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel, and 5.0 litre petrol V8 engines are also expected, but the likely universal adoption of the eight speed ZF transmission already available internationally would bring significant efficiency and emissions gains.
An official unveiling of the new Range Rover Sport is expected later in the year, before hitting showrooms as a 2014 model.
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