Land Rover just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Range Rover last year. But this year, the British marque has another reason to celebrate. The Range Rover's smaller brother – the Range Rover Sport – hit a sales milestone, selling over 1 million units. One million units sold may not be a lot compared to other models. But, do remember the Range Rover Sport is not a mass-market model. At the same time, the nameplate was only introduced in 2005, 16 years ago.
Interestingly, the first-generation Range Rover Sport wasn't technically a Range Rover. Instead, it was based on the Land Rover Discovery at the time. Nevertheless, it still sold like hotcakes all over the world. One of the reasons is because of its sportier and urban-oriented nature in comparison to the full-size Range Rover. Since then the Range Rover Sport has grown to become one of Land Rover's best selling model of all time.
In 2013, Land Rover launched the second-generation Range Rover Sport, followed by a facelift in 2017. Unlike its predecessor, the current-generation Range Rover Sport is now built on the same platform as the full-size Range Rover. It was this model that had numerous achievements too.
In 2014, the Range Rover Sport claimed the title of fastest SUV at the Nurburgring with the SVR variant setting an 8-minute and 14-second lap. Meanwhile, in 2018, the Range Rover Sport PHEV climbed 999 steps at a 45-degree angle to reach “Heaven's Gate” in China.
After hitting one million sales after just 16 years on the market, expect more to come from the Range Rover Sport. Despite still looking fresh, the current model is already 8-years old. With that, we wouldn't be surprised if Land Rover revealed the next-generation later this year or in early 2022. When that happens, it probably won't take too long for the Range Rover Sport to hit two million sales, and beyond.