Range Rover Sport will be presented this autumn in Frankfurt with a four-cylinder engine version.
Stewart Frits, the chief engineer of Range Rover Sport division in Jaguar Land Rover Company, revealed some information in his interview to the Australian Motoring.com.au website about some forthcoming plans of the Company. These plans include showing more than one important update of the Range Rover Sport model.
First of all, the update includes a diesel-electric hybrid with an engine based on the V6 one. This new power plant is supposed to show the specified CO2 emission of 169 g/km. This hybrid power plant will be placed under the vehicle’s floor, and this will let the engineers save the truck’s capacity, but most importantly, freely fill the car with seven passengers. To the assumption of the hybrid car being equipped with an eight-speed ZF transmission, Stewart Frits says it is very close to the truth.
Another important event will become the return of the diesel V8 engine with 700 N-m of torque. This one will be installed on Range Rover Sport that will become available by the end of 2013.
However, the most unexpected news concerns the engine option of the new Sport.
It is possible this car will get the four-cylinder engine similar to the one used in Range Rover Evoque. This engine has a great history starting with Ford EcoBoost one installed on Ford Edge and Ford Explorer models. Stewart Frits didn’t agree to name the exact date of this model’s appearance.
In Land Rover version such 2.0 liter engine has the 240 hp of capacity and 340 N-m of torque. As Stewart Frits also pointed out, a significant weigh reduction, almost by 420 kg, allowed the engineers to equip this car with a four-cylinder engine. Based on the already made prototypes, the car remained a true Range Rover. It managed to safe its dynamics and great off-road performance.
The premiere of the next generation of Range Rover Sport equipped with a four-cylinder engine is planned on this autumn with the sales starting by the end of the year.