Two-door Range Rover coupé under consideration
8th Dec 2017 11:24 am
Two-door Range Rover may be built by JLR’s specialist SVO division; would be pitched as super-luxury SUV.
Land Rover is considering another entry for the super-luxury SUV market – an exclusive two-door coupé, SVO-designed Range Rover.
In an interaction with motoring.com.au, Land Rover design boss, McGovern said, “Watch this space. I can’t say when or what; but there are opportunities. We have proven with Range Rover that there are opportunities to offer derivations of these vehicles, to offer them as a way to bring something new to the market.”
Giving credence to the news is the fact that the brand has patented the ‘Range Stormer’ name, earlier this year. The original Range Stormer was a concept revealed at the Detroit Motor Show in early 2004, although that version was more of a preview of the Range Rover Sport that went into production, later that year.
Range Rover already has two-door models in its line-up – the Evoque is sold in two-door form, abroad – while the original Range Rover was originally built as a two-door model.
McGovern talked about the SVO’s involvement in the project, saying, “The good thing with SVO is that it's a self-funding business, so there are opportunities within SVO that don’t necessarily have to be mainstream; and small-volume [vehicles] lend themselves beautifully, to that. A limited-edition model that pays for itself (and makes JLR profit) is far easier to create a business case for.”
The new model will likely be positioned atop the Range Rover line-up, even above the long-wheelbase Range Rover SV Autobiography.
A two-door Range Rover is guaranteed exclusivity even in the super-luxury segment of the SUV market. Models like the Bentley Bentayga, the recently-unveiled Lamborghini Urus and the upcoming Rolls-Royce SUV are five-door models.