Is the Evoque going hybrid?

Jaguar Land Rover is apparently testing its next-generation Range Rover Evoque. Our spy photographers captured an Evoque test mule running wild in the streets with its front end covered in camouflage. JLR has not issued a statement regarding future iterations of the Evoke, but we do know the automaker is planning to hybridize up to 50 percent of its lineup. And thanks to high-voltage warning stickers see on its exterior, and we’d say it’s a safe bet the Evoque will lead the charge.

It is clear this Evoque test mule is a smidge wider than the current production model, meaning it could see more interior space, along with more room under the hood for JLR’s Ingenium turbodiesel powerplant and hybrid drivetrain components. The wheelbase appears to be unchanged, however.

The Range Rover Evoque is currently offered in three body styles: the two-door coupe, the four-door wagon, and the two-door convertible. The next-generation won’t offer the two-door coupe, but the four-door wagon and two-door convertible will make the generational jump.

We suspect the new Evoque will arrive in Europe and other parts of the world in 2019, with delivery to the U.S. starting for the 2020 model year. We will keep you updated as information becomes available.

UPDATE 01/04/2018: More spy shots have captured the next-generation Range Rover Evoque testing in the wild. Check out the Exterior section for more information.

Continue reading for more information.

Exterior

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This Range Rover Evoque test mule is covered in camo up front, suggesting Jaguar Land Rover has an updated fascia on the way. Not only that, but the air inlets appear larger, perhaps to help with cooling. This makes sense considering the Evoque is likely to get a turbodiesel and plug-in hybrid powertrain.

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The air inlets appear larger, perhaps to help with cooling. This makes sense considering the Evoque is likely to get a turbodiesel and plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Not only that, but this mule appears slightly wider than the current Evoque, suggesting a stretched track for increased area in the engine bay and interior. The wheelbase seems unchanged.

Around back, the rear bumper is covered in black cladding with two foil-covered ports for the exhaust. Also clearly seen is the yellow warning placard for high voltage electricity. Obviously, this suggests a hybrid system. Jaguar Land Rover has already confirmed its foray into hybrid powertrain systems, specifically plug-in hybrid systems, so the sticker mostly serves as confirmation of that.

Second Test Mule Spotted

Our photographer was actually able to shoot two different test mules running evaluation tests together – both covered in white camo and one missing its fuel door. Interestingly, both are covered in more camouflage than the previous tester we spotted back February of 2017. Our best guess is that these new test mules are closer to production status and have the restyled body panels whereas the previous model wasn’t even close.

These new testers appear to retain the larger air inlets seen on the previous, blacked out testers. Again, we’re betting this is to help with cooling of the hybrid powertrain, along with just looking more aggressive.

Updated headlight and taillights will rely on LED technology for a more distinct appearance and better nighttime lighting.

Interior

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Note: Current Range Rover Evoque interior shown here.

We fully expect the new luxury crossover to receive Land Rover’s new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system.

While our spy photographer wasn’t able to snag photos of the upcoming Range Rover Evoque’s interior, we fully expect the new luxury crossover to receive Land Rover’s new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system.

This new system basically takes all the standard controls normally found on the center console and integrates them into two large displays. The upper display is like a Land Rover’s conventional infotainment screen, while the lower one contains the HVAC controls and Terrain Response 2 system into a seamless unit. The HVAC knobs pull double duty depending on the page currently displayed. On the HVAC page, obviously they operate the dual-zone temperature controls. On the Terrain Response page, they operate the terrain selection and air suspension system.

The new Evoque’s wider track will add interior volume and more passenger comfort, too. Elbowroom will improve, giving the luxury crossover a more upscale set of dimensions.

At this point, it seems the wheelbase isn’t changing, so expect the same amount of legroom. The Rear cargo space will improve, but only slightly and thanks to the widened track.

More luxury features aren’t out of the question, either. More interior color options, leather choices, and added features like heated and vented seats in all four positions would be a welcomed but not surprising addition.

Drivetrain

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JLR will continue using its Ingenium engine family of gasoline and turbodiesel engines. These engines use an all-aluminum construction and are based on a .500-cc displacement interval, allowing easy scalability. For 2018, the Evoque received two new all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinders.

The standard version makes 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, while the optional high-output version makes 286 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. We fully expect both versions to carry over unchanged for the Evoque’s next generation. Land Rover says the high-output 2.0-liter will push the Evoque to 60 mph in six seconds flat and up to a top speed of 144 mph.

Interestingly, the 286-horsepower version is currently only offered on the four-door Evoque with the HSE Dynamic and Autobiography trim levels. The engines are also accompanied by more aggressive bodywork denoting the extra power under the hood. It’s highly likely that method of distention will continue into the next generation.

JLR will continue using its Ingenium engine family of gasoline and turbodiesel engines.

As for the plug-in hybrid version, we’re expecting the 237-horsepower 2.0-liter to be paired with the same hybrid system found on the Range Rover P400e and Range Rover Sport P400e. Both use a 114-horsepower electric motor combined with a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery to propel the SUVs up to 31 miles of all-electric driving and at speeds up to 85 mph.

A turbodiesel version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder is also available in the current generation, though only outside of the U.S. Thanks to Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, the EPA has been cracking down on diesels and their emissions. This makes it harder for automakers to obtain proper clearances to sell diesels.

Prices

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The 2017 Range Rover Evoque carries a starting price of $41,800. That gets you the four-door Evoque in the base SE trim. The Autobiography trim in the four-door starts at $62,500. Those wanting the Evoque Coupe will need $45,700 for the SE-trimmed model. The Evoque Convertible starts at $52,000 for the SE Dynamic trim and caps out at $57,700 for the HSE Dynamic trim. These prices are before options and other add-on costs, of course.

We’d expect a modest increase in these prices when the next-generation hits showrooms. Expect a $200 to $900 increase in each trim level.

Competition

BMW X1 xDrive28i

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2016 BMW X1 High Resolution Exterior AutoShow
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The BMW X1 is a hot competitor to the Range Rover Evoque – though mostly because of its stylish nature and on-road drivability. The X1 isn’t a dedicated off-roader with a tall ground clearance and underbody skid plating. The X1 is, however, a decent soft-roader with the ability to trek up snowy hills with BMW’s available xDrive AWD system.

Speaking of drivetrain components, the X1 comes with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder making 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic does the shifting and the xDrive system sends power to the rear wheels when traction becomes an issue. Like the Evoque, the X1 is a FWD-biased crossover. In fact, the X1 comes standard with FWD, making it one of the only BMWs in history to use the layout.

Pricing for the 2017 X1 sDrive (what BMW calls FWD) starts at $33,100. Opt for the xDrive model, and the price jumps to $35,100.

Read more about the BMW X1 xDrive28i here.

Audi Q3

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2017 - 2018 Audi Q3 High Resolution Exterior
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Like the BMW, the Audi is more of an on-road cruiser than an off-road bruiser. Likewise, the Q3 has its engine turned sidewise and powers the front wheels. Of course, Audi’s quattro AWD system is available. The Q3 is fresh off the design table for the 2016 model year, receiving a more angular and muscular appearance, along with a high-tech cabin complemented by a striking design. The interior includes Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit, the driver-configurable gauge cluster.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which powers the front wheels. Optionally, quattro can be had, which gives the Q3 better footing on slippery surfaces. Drive modes include Comfort, Dynamic, and Auto, allowing the driver to tailor the vehicle to his current mood.

Pricing for the 2017 Audi Q3 starts at $31,800 for the Premium trim. The mid-grade Premium Plus starts at $34,500, while the range-topping Prestige trim starts at $39,200. Options and accessories are extra, of course.

Find out more about the Audi Q3 here.

Conclusion

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The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is an interesting crossover that combines good on-road manners with surprising off-road abilities. Its three body styles help diversify its appeal, while its avant-guard styling pushes the envelope while remaining tactful in its execution.

We don’t expect those ingredients to change with the next generation, though its styling, powertrain, and interior are sure to receive updates. Topping the list is the plug-in hybrid powertrain option. A more efficient Evoque will likely sell well to those concerned with image and being green. For those wanting more torque, we’re looking forward to the turbodiesel’s addition.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. We suspect we’ll see more spy shots in the coming weeks.

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