As the time for the reveal of the second-gen Evoque approaches, Land Rover has finally brought a pair of prototypes with the production bodywork out on the streets for testing.
The new Range Rover Evoque will adopt a lot of design cues from the bigger Velar. The final production car will have a much cleaner shape than the current model but it will retain its distinctive roof line for that necessary SUV-Coupe vibe.
Other design features will include deployable door handles which unlike the Velar don’t sit flush with the rest of the door and a set of slimmer LED taillights as seen on the prototypes.
JLR’s best-seller will continue using the D8 platform with a few changes on key points, like a longer wheelbase, to improve interior room for the rear passengers and luggage space. The new Evoque will come equipped with a broad range of Ingenium petrol and diesel engines.
In its current form, the D8 architecture isn’t suitable for an electrified version but the latest reports suggest that Land Rover will add a 48-volt hybrid version which combines a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol with a small electric motor. This version however will debut on a later stage, as the chassis will have to be modified extensively for hosting the hybrid powertrain.
The interior will host Land Rover’s latest infotainment system, meaning the dual-touchscreen system that debuted in the Velar, with the company aiming to make the new Evoque more refined and comfortable than ever.
Entry-levels models will be offered with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available on more expensive versions. Unlike the original, the new Range Evoque will be available with a five-door body only.
Land Rover is expected to debut the new Range Rover Evoque after this summer, with sales to begin in early 2019, so expect to hear more of it in the coming months.
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