New 2022 Range Rover Sport spied during winter testing

Range Rover’s forthcoming rival for the Porsche Cayenne has been spotted blaring around a frozen lake

The all-new Range Rover Sport has been caught on camera during its winter testing programme, ahead of its scheduled launch in 2022. The third-generation model will be Land Rover’s answer to premium performance SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne.

Apart from a new roof rack, the design of this Range Rover Sport mule hasn’t changed over our previous sighting. It retains the same boxy proportions as the current car, although details such as its headlights and tail lights will take on a sleeker Velar-inspired look. 

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Past and current iterations of the Range Rover Sport have offered buyers a practical seven-seat layout, setting it apart from many of its rivals – and we expect that will remain the case with this new model.

Land Rover’s next-generation 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, first used by the all-new Defender, will also likely feature. In the Defender, the unit features a powerful pair of processors and Blackberry operating system, which allows the system to perform both entertainment functions (such as music streaming) and over-the-air updates without any appreciable loss in performance.

While technical details are still some way from being confirmed, it’s safe to say that electrification will play a heavy part in the Range Rover Sport’s engine line-up. It’ll be one of three cars we know will utilise Land Rover’s MLA platform – the others being the next Range Rover and the all-new Range Rover crossover.

MLA can allow for a fully electric twin-motor setup, but it’s currently unclear as to whether this powertrain will make it into the next Range Rover Sport. What is certain is that electrification of some form will feature. The current model features a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with an electric motor which delivers 398bhp and achieves fuel consumption of 88.3mpg on the combined WLTP cycle.

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