Land Rover is getting set to fill out its Range Rover lineup, with the planned introduction of the Range Rover SV Coupe — an homage to the origin of the species — at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March.
Limited to 999 units, the full-size, 2-door, SUV SV Coupe will be hand-assembled at Warwickshire, England, by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. The company has released an overhead teaser image of the 4-seat interior, of which the company is supremely proud.
“This is a vehicle that will resonate on an emotional level,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer. “The Range Rover SV Coupe is a highly compelling design with peerless refinement and uncompromised sophistication from its breathtaking exterior proportions to its sumptuous, beautifully appointed, interior.”
The image illustrates an apparently thoroughly modern and contemporary interior created with the traditional skills that have gone into every Range Rover for decades. We can’t ascertain whether the production vehicle will continue the motif of black rear seating and white up front, but are fairly certain it will definitely continue the quilted leather upholstery (which obvious looks good in black or white).
The body is expected to carry on the boxy profile for which Range Rovers have become known, though the roof may be more raked from the B-pillars back in order to carry on the “coupe” persona. A teaser video doesn't show the vehicle at all, starting with the performance “R” and fading out after 15 seconds, but that leads us to believe the SV Coupe will carry on the SVR designation of its older 4-door sibling.
Land Rover says the new coupe is a celebration of the bloodline (the Range Rover was introduced in 1970 as a 2-door SUV, and sold for over a decade as a 2-door before acquiring rear doors in 1981). The silhouette is bound to be considerably different than the first Range Rover, but we imagine there will be some throwback cues as part of the package.
“Land Rover created the luxury SUV sector with Range Rover almost 50 years ago,” concluded John Edwards, Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director. “In launching the new Range Rover SV Coupe, we will offer clients an alluring combination of peerless luxury and rarity.”