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2019 Range Rover Evoque PHEV to Have Fewest Cylinders of All Land Rovers

In production since 2011, the smallest Range Rover of them all prepares to usher in a new generation. Expected to go into production in late 2018 for an early 2019 launch, the Evoque II has big shoes to fill and high expectations to meet, including in the exterior styling, practicality, and fuel efficiency departments.
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Spied a couple of times by the carprazzi in test mule form, the 2019 Range Rover Evoque will be an evolutionary design with Velar-inspired motifs. Flush door handles could also make the cut, and the roofline is believed to be moved up by only a few millimeters to improve rear-seat headroom.

To be offered in three-door, five-door, and convertible body style, the Evoque Mk2 will up the ante with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Autocar has the first details on the Evoque PHEV, arguing that we should brace ourselves for a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-pot working together with an electric motor.

“A what?” A three-cylinder engine, if you can believe it. That would make the next-generation Evoque the first application of a three-banger in a Land Rover passenger vehicle. “The car’s lithium-ion battery pack will be powered by new 48V electrical architecture, as previewed by the Evoque's mild-hybrid Concept e,” and the e-motor will act as an integrated starter generator.

The Evoque PHEV would join the likes of the Range Rover PHEV and Range Rover Sport PHEV, both models being confirmed by chief exec Ralf Speth to arrive by the end of 2017. In all likelihood, the next-generation Evoque will ride on an evolution of the Land Rover D8 platform that will sport a longer, stretched wheelbase. Think 20 millimeters (0.8 inches) or thereabout.

Jaguar Land Rover promised in 2016 to hybridize and electrify half of its lineup by 2020. On the sidelines of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar took things up a notching by saying it will offer electric or hybrid variants of every model it makes. A full-electric Evoque isn't happening, though.

 
 
 
 
 

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