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Car and Driver: Range Rover Submits to Peer Pressure, Plans a Coupe-Like Rival to the BMW X6

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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

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It may be nonsensical, but the BMW X6 has created quite a wake in the waters of the SUV world. Mercedes-Benz jumped on board the SUV-coupe ship recently with the GLE Coupe and GLC Coupe models, and now Range Rover wants in on the action. According to Autocar, Land Rover’s next niche model will be a sporty, coupe-like SUV that will slot in between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.

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With more rakish styling and on-road biased performance, this potential Range Rover Sport Coupe will venture far afield from Land Rover’s rough-and-tumble heritage. It will apparently share its lightweight aluminum-intensive chassis and overall proportions with the Jaguar F-Pace crossover, which itself is certainly stylish with its long hood and athletic greenhouse. Sharp handling and eye-catching style will take precedence over off-road ability and interior space.

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Expect a sumptuous, cockpit-like interior with seating for four, along with a sloping roofline that compromises cargo space. Autocar speculates that the new Range Rover coupe will be closer in size to the smaller BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, but that it will carry a price closer to that of the X6 and GLE Coupe models, which start at $61,595 and $66,025 in the U.S., respectively.

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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

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The new Range Rover coupe’s powertrain lineup is likely to roughly mirror that of the current Range Rover Sport [pictured], which comes standard with a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and offers both a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 and a 5.0-liter supercharged gasoline V-8 in various states of tune. The coupe-ified Range Rover seems a natural candidate for the high-performance SVR treatment, seeing as both BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer M and AMG variants of the X6 and GLE Coupe, respectively.

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The new addition to the lineup certainly won’t be Range Rover’s strangest creation—ahem, Evoque Convertible—but we’re curious to see what Land Rover’s me-too model can add to the X6 party that hasn’t already been done. We’ll likely have to wait until sometime in 2017 to see the final product.

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