BMW X6-fighting Range Rover Sport Coupe coming?

land-rover-range-rover-sport_100505269_mLand Rover may follow BMW’s ultra niche-oriented lead with a new sloped-roof version of its Range Rover Sport, according to a new report.

Britan’s Autocar suggests that the new model, codenamed L560, would be even more on-road oriented than the already decidedly urban Range Rover Sport. The magazine says that this new, segment-busting Range Rover Sport could be shown as early as next year.

Autocar says that the Range Rover Sport Coupe would be slightly shorter than the current Range Rover Sport, which means that it would slot in below the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

Although it would probably boast styling not far off of the more conventional Range Rover Sport, the biggest difference would be in its roofline. Far more sloping, the roof would certainly not allow for a third row of seats as is available as an option on the standard Sport.

Notably, the magazine speculates that the Range Rover Sport Coupe would also debut with an new all-electric powertrain that parent company Jaguar Land Rover is developing for the Jaguar I-Pace EV, a crossover based on its new F-Pace crossover SUV. An electric engine may be a necessity for Land Rover to comply with California’s strict emissions rules.

A Range Rover Sport Coupe would hardly mark the brand’s first foray into niches. Its forthcomin Range Rover Evougue Convertible certainly an unconventional effort.

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