Range Rover Evoque XL rendering Autocar Magazine

Aluminium-intensive Range Rover ‘Evoque Plus’ debuts in 2016

To spawn a first pure-electric Range Rover with 482 km driving range.

New details have emerged on the 7-seat luxury crossover that Land Rover is working on to address a potential gap in its product line-up between the compact Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. It is reported that the officially unnamed car has been spotted testing in Britain, with a possible debut by end of 2016.

The new fourth Range Rover, which Autocar is calling the ‘Evoque Plus’ is based on the upcoming Jaguar F-Pace SUV but with a stretched wheelbase for a third row of seats and a fully reworked nose and radiator intake (as envisaged in the recent rendering), sits on the iQ architecture that underpins both F-pace and new XE sedan, says Autocar UK.

The base models are expected to cost from 40,000 pounds featuring Ingenium range of 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, while the top-spec trim will possibly get bulky V6 engines with an all-wheel drive layout that are already in duty in other Range Rovers for a provisional price of 65,000 pounds.

It is also being reported that the stretched Evoque will spawn a pure electric vehicle using the same battery-electric powertrain setup of the F-Pace EV. This marks the first first full electric vehicle in the Range Rover’s history. It is expected with a pure-electric range of 300 miles (482 km) under ideal conditions, with prices estimated at a whopping 85,000 pounds.

The new Evoque Plus will share assembly-lines with the XE and the F-Pace at JLR’s Solihull facility, England. Land Rover aims six-strong Range Rover line-up – with the Evoque convertible going on sale next year and the Evoque Plus by end of 2016. The sixth model is a sub-compact SUV which the company is believed to have started working internally.

[Source – Autocar.co.uk]

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