One of the vehicles that will expand the Land Rover lineup over the next seven years is a seven-seat Range Rover Sport. The LR4/Discovery is currently the only Land Rover to offer a seven-seat package, even though it's not exactly roomy in the third tier. The present Range Rover Sport sits on the same platform as the LR4, but being two inches shorter overall and having a wheelbase 5.6 inches shorter, it provides only just enough room for second-row passengers.

Based on a report in Auto Express, that will change upon the introduction of the 2014 Range Rover Sport that uses the same platform as the recently introduced 2014 Range Rover. The new big brother is eight inches longer overall and has a wheelbase seven inches longer than the current Range Rover Sport. That will provide the coming Sport, obviously longer than it is now yet certain to be shorter in length and wheelbase than the Range Rover, a fair dose of room to play with to accommodate another two occupants.

Even so, it won't be the Taj Mahal back there. Reports have declared the coming SUV to be lower than it is now and have a more pronounced slope to the backlight, the Auto Express article adding that it will have a sloping roof reminiscent of the Evoque. In spite of the increased dimensions and people-hauling capacity, a focus on sporting performance, along with the aluminum platform and an aluminum body, should help keep things properly motivating.


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      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      More douches in the same space - now that's progress!
        k.naz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        Mean half a douche in the third row.
      British_Rover
      • 2 Years Ago
      It makes sense. Do you know how many sport sales I lost because they didn't offer a third row? People wanted the third row but thought the LR3 was ugly and wanted more space but didn't want something as big or as expensive as the Range Rover. With the range rover going way up market in price this makes even more sense.
        dee8817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @British_Rover
        Now that I think it about it, it does make sense. Not everyone likes the LR4 so a Range Rover Sport with a 7 seat option would bring more customers in. Between the Range Rover Sport and LR4, I'd most likely pick the LR4 only because I like the styling a little more and it's slightly more affordable.
      Love Great Danes
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW look at the Range Rover Durango???? Why can't car companies actually design something on their own?
        Mark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        Suggest you look up the history of the Range Rover and the Sport.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's under that camp: http://www.autotribute.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/2011-Ford-Explorer-side.jpg
        Brent Booth
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        It genuinely does look like a little bit nicer version of an Explorer.
          k.naz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brent Booth
          You do know Ford owned Land Rover for quite a while before Tata acquired it right? Hence similar design languages such as that of Ford and Aston, or Mercedes Benz and Chrysler, where the Grand Cherokee runs on an ML Klasse platform with its 5 speed AT.
          Essende
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brent Booth
          And Ford Explorer looks like a previous generation Range Rover... Ford ripped off the entire Range Rover look starting with Flex...
      Alex Milovic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are you sure about that Autoblog? Ihe badge on the front grille looks oddly similar to a Volvo :D
        k.naz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Milovic
        It's a Range Rover. Land Rover have been known to use "Volvo" badging in order to disguise their cars.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.autotribute.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/2011-Ford-Explorer-side.jpg
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really seems to be an odd choice. I would think the Range Rover, with it's squared off roof and luxury image would be the one to offer the 3rd row. Their Range Rover Sport, with its sloping roof and sporting pretensions, should stay 2 row. I think there might be some intentional misinformation out there from Tata.
      SethG
      • 2 Years Ago
      So strange. Isn't the current Range Rover Sport marketed as a performance oriented Range Rover? It has the design cues of the Range Rover. It has the name of the Range Rover. (Even though it's based on the LR4 I think most buyers would think they have a faster, sportier version of the Range Rover). So it makes all the sense in the world to finally build it on the Range Rover's platform. But, should the Sport have 3 rows of seats? That just seems backwards. Start with the Range Rover, try to make it sportier and add a row of seats? Even Hyundai knows to label the 2 row Santa Fe Sport and the 3 row something else.
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bad idea, IMHO. Most people who are buying the Sport aren't looking for more interior space.
      cre8vtv
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's funny to me how Ford has stolen design cues from two of the top tier brands now. First the Explorer took the roofline cue from RRSport. I have a Sport and love it. Then, Ford launches their new lines in 2013 with the Aston Martin front end. A direct rip from them. It's too bad as it devalues the brands in my opinion.
      Bader
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is BS. It's called a Range Rover 'Sport'. Therefore it should have sporty characteristics, not mini van characteristics. If you want a sports car, the deal with the fewer chairs and doors and interior space. If not, then get a mini van. Range rover is ******* up big time. They are trying to blend 10 different cars in one. At least if u wana add 2 seats then add them In the classic range and not the sport one. since Tata took control, they have been up to no good.
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