Land Rover has released the first official teaser image of the upcoming 2014 Ranger Rover Sport which will make its official debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show later this month and bring buyers of this luxurious SUV a performance oriented alternative when it goes on sale later this year. Unlike most teasers where you’re seeing only a snippet of the vehicle in question, Land Rover went with the motion-blur look for this one.
Land Rover claims that the 2014 Range Rover sport will be the brand’s “fastest, most responsive, and most agile vehicle” the company has ever produced, and while this lone teaser image does not reveal much of the new model’s exterior styling, expect the new Sport model to blend various design cues from the standard-issue Range Rover, as well as elements from the smaller Evoque CUV for a distinct, yet sporty appearance.
Of course, we do not yet have performance data for the 2014 Range Rover Sport, but expect the new model to retain the familiar 5.0 liter supercharged V8 that powered the last generation model, which is good for a healthy 510 horsepower and a stout 461 lb-ft of torque. A naturally aspirated V8 as well as a supercharged V6 could also make their respective appearances in the 2014 Range Rover Sport to appeal to a wide range of buyer tastes but the company has so far remained silent on whether this is indeed a possibility or not. Given that ZF recently trumpeted installation of its new 9-speed automatic in a future Range Rover vehicle, that transmission would be a good bet to be installed in the Range Rover Sport.
The decision to unveil the 2014 Range Rover Sport at the New York Auto Show may seem odd to critics who might have felt Geneva was a more suitable venue for this particular model. However, Land Rover justified the decision explaining that it picked the New York Auto Show over Geneva because New York city has the highest percentage of Range Rover Sport sales in the world versus other markets, and that the Range Rover is the brand’s stronges-selling offering here in the U.S. To further highlight this commitment to the U.S. market, Land Rover will be driving the SUV through the streets of Manhattan the night before the show in what the company calls a “groundbreaking live drive” which will be broadcasted online to a worldwide audience through the company’s website.
Look for the 2014 Range Rover Sport to make its online debut March 26th, with its official unveiling at the New York Auto Show occurring shortly afterward. In the meantime, expect the company to slowly unveil more details about the 2014 Range Rover Sport in the coming weeks and stay tuned to Autosavant for the latest information on the 2014 Range Rover Sport as it becomes available, including in-person impressions from New York. We can’t promise that we will be covering the “live drive,” though.