First two-door Range Rover since 1991 to debut at Geneva show
New Range Rover SV Coupé's two-door design harks back to the Classic but promises 'peerless refinement and uncompromised sophistication' when it's revealed on March 6
Land Rover has announced the return of the two-door format, the first time a full-blown Range Rover has received such treatment since the 1991 CSK special edition. Set to star at the 2018 Geneva Motorshow, the new Range Rover SV Coupé will add a touch of heritage amid the usual market-leading luxury and off-road prowess to the Range Rover portfolio, featuring a ‘supremely refined’ interior and seductive aesthetics.
Slated to celebrate the Range Rover bloodline, the two-door SV Coupé silhouette will hark back to the unique heritage held by four generations of trend-setter.
Taking the world by storm, Charles Spencer King’s original design was unveiled in 1970, revolutionising the 4x4 market with classless styling and V8 power. The second generation – dubbed P38a – landed during 1994 before giving way to the L322 for the 2001 model year. The latest incarnation, the technologically advanced Range Rover L405, was set upon the road during 2013. Land Rover's SV Coupé will pay direct homage to the model’s history, while offering thoroughly modern and contemporary usability.
‘The Range Rover SV Coupé is a highly compelling design with peerless refinement and uncompromised sophistication from its breathtaking exterior proportions to its sumptuous, beautifully appointed, interior,’ explains Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer. ‘This is a vehicle that will resonate on an emotional level.’
While Jaguar Land Rover has released only a solitary photograph of the interior, it illustrates the traditional skills combined with fresh technologies utilised throughout the cabin to maximum effect. The interior appears spacious, light, sophisticated and hard wearing. If you are after an aesthetic exterior shot, the bodywork and stance won’t be seen until the 2018 Geneva Motorshow, open to the public March 8-18.
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Created by Land Rover Design and Special Vehicle Operations, the Range Rover SV Coupé will be hand-built at the SV Technical Centre in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire, UK. Production will be strictly limited to 999 vehicles for worldwide distribution. AutoClassics expect 99 of these examples to be allocated to dealers within the United Kingdom.
‘Land Rover created the luxury SUV sector with Range Rover almost 50 years ago. In launching the new Range Rover SV Coupé, we will offer clients an alluring combination of peerless luxury and rarity,’ said John Edwards, Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director.
‘Unveiling this special vehicle at Geneva International Motor Show in March, during Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary year, will be a defining moment for Land Rover, the Range Rover portfolio and Special Vehicle Operations.’
For a full range of pictures and specification details around the new Range Rover SV Coupé – not to mention the extensive opportunities to personalise the vehicle through Land Rover’s Autobiography and SVO programmes – you will have to wait until March 6, 2018 at 11:45 Central European Time. The new heritage-driven model will be revealed through Land Rover’s official website.
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