Land Rover’s design studio director Richard Woolley hinted at further expansion of the Range Rover line-up during a recent Discovery Vision presentation, showing a slide depicting all current Range Rover models and drawing attention to a blank space next to the Sport. Woolley said: ‘There are still more opportunities with Range Rover – we’re looking for potential in all sectors of the market.’
With the convertible Range Rover Evoque seemingly on the back burner, although not ruled-out, and the business case for an even smaller Evoque unclear, could the next model be a two-door L494 Range Rover Sport?
A two-door Sport would make a lot of sense, especially as other manufacturers such as Porsche are hell bent on stealing Range Rover sales with the Evoque-rivalling Macan, and a possible coupé version of the Cayenne – a bit like BMW’s X6. Add in the 540bhp-plus ‘RS’ supercharged petrol V8 expected later this year and you’d get a very exciting Range Rover derivative.
A big two-door Range Rover isn’t a new idea, of course. The Range Rover Classic is now a sought-after icon in original two-door form (built between 1970 and 1990), and the 2004 Range Stormer concept – which previewed the original Discovery-based L320 Range Rover Sport – was a two-door too. But it could foster an exciting niche in the growing big-SUV market.
Squint at the design rendering above and it’s not hard to imagine how good a two-door Range Rover Sport could look, is it?