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. All three are expected to 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.

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.

Interior

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Note: Current Range Rover Evoque interior shown here.

"We do expect, however, the next-generation Evoque will come with a slightly revised interior that reflects the design and finishing trends elsewhere in the JLR lineup, especially within Range Rover."

Our photographer was not able to snag shots of the interior. We do expect, however, the next-generation Evoque will come with a slightly revised interior that reflects the design and finishing trends elsewhere in the JLR lineup, especially within Range Rover. An updated infotainment system with improved usability and intuitive features would be a welcomed improvement. More interior width would also be appreciated. The Evoque is expected to remain a two-row crossover, with its split-folding second-row bench. Cargo room will likely increase if the new Evoque is indeed wider than the current version.

Improvements in fit and finish are likely, with less plastic and more natural and metallic trim pieces. Hopefully, a fully digital gauge cluster is present, as will updated buttons on the center console.

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. Currently, the U.S.-spec Evoque is powered by the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder Ingeninum, which makes 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Improvement to efficiency with no ill effects to power are expected in the next generation.

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

A turbodiesel version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder is also available, 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.

In addition to fossil fuels, JLR is expected to announce a plug-in hybrid version of the Evoque. No word on whether the hybrid system would pair with the gasoline or turbodiesel engine, though we’re betting on the gasser. This combination could make the Evoque one of the most efficient compact luxury SUVs on the market.

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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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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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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