These latest spy shots of the forthcoming Range Rover Sport give the best indication yet of what the SUV will look like.

The Range Rover Sport mimics the design of its bigger brother, but will have a different front bumper with revised air intakes. It also features a large rear spoiler above the tailgate window.

Other minor styling and profile tweaks will serve to further differentiate the Sport from the Range Rover. The front and rear overhangs are also shorter than those on the Range Rover, giving a more athletic stance.

The Sport is considerably lighter than the previous generation, with a riveted and bonded aluminium monocoque helping shave 300kg off the weight, resulting in the Sport weighing around 2160kg.

The engine line-up is expected to include 255bhp V6 and 335bhp V8 turbodiesels, and a supercharged V8 petrol with around 500bhp.

A V6 diesel-electric hybrid option will offer 333bhp, 0-62mph in 7.4sec and emissions of 169g/km of CO2. Insiders have told Autocar that a four-cylinder diesel is also being considered for the Sport.

The new Range Rover Sport is expected to be unveiled this spring, at the Geneva motor show, and it will go on sale at the end of the year.

Prices have yet to be announced but expect a price hike of 10 per cent over the current £50,000 entry price due to the new car’s aluminium platform.

Daljinder Nagra