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By BOB GRITZINGER
(All photos © 2003 John Johnson)

When Land Rover rolls out its sporty Range Stormer concept at the Detroit auto show, don’t put too much stock in the vehicle’s two-door configuration and racy lines as depicted in some artist renderings, including the one that Land Rover briefly flashed to the automotive press at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

While the Range Stormer is intended to show a sporty, high-performance on-road side of Land Rover without abandoning the marque’s off-road strengths, the actual Range Rover Sport (which may carry the moniker Range Sport) shown in these spy shots maintains a taller stance, four doors and all the styling cues of its bigger brother, the top-of-the-line Range Rover. Due in 2005 as an ’06 model, the “baby” Range Rover will be built on the same platform as the new Discovery that debuts next year as an ’05 model.

Range Rover Sport powerplants will likely include Jaguar’s 400-hp supercharged 4.3-liter V8 and Ford’s 250-hp 3.2-liter V6. The Sport will fit in the lineup between the Discovery and the Range Rover, where it will compete with the likes of BMW’s X5.



 

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Land Rover to launch 'baby Range Rover'

Ford Motor Co.'s British subsidiary, Land Rover, plans to follow the upcoming launch of the 2005 Discovery sport utility vehicle with the introduction of a second model off the same platform. It is a smaller companion to the Range Rover that is known internally as the "baby Range Rover" and may be christened Range Sport when it goes on sale in spring 2005.
The four-door Range Sport will share many of its chassis and driveline pieces with the next-generation Discovery, and will be aimed at buyers of such high-end European SUVs as the Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Touareg.
The Range Sport is being previewed this week at the Detroit auto show in a two-door concept called Range Stormer, which provides some of the basic styling cues for the future production model, which will be powered by a modified version of the Jaguar 4.2-liter V-8 engine.
-- Paul Lienert

 
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