SPIED – Upsized Range Rover Evoque Testing in Europe
Wider Track Makes Room for Passengers, Improves Stability
The compact Range Rover Evoque has been a runaway success for the company, but its showcar-chic styling demands a few compromises in terms of passenger and cargo room.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is keen to change that, if this Evoque mule spied testing in Europe is any indicator. Likely a test buck for the next-generation Evoque, this vehicle sports a wider track and tweaked exterior dimensions, though it’s likely the wheelbase will stay the same as the current vehicle. The mule uses current Evoque bodywork, but our sources suggest the next-generation compact Range Rover will get updated styling and a slightly longer rear overhang for improved cargo space.
The U.S.-spec redesigned Evoque will likely abandon the turbocharged, 240hp 2.0L I-4 currently found in the compact crossover, replacing it with an engine of the same displacement, configuration, and induction. Hailing from JLR’s Ingenium powerplant family, the new mill will offer improved responsiveness and performance over the Ford-designed engine it will replace even if power output is only up 7 hp. The Ingenium family also includes a lineup of 2.0L diesel engines, but we doubt Land Rover will send any of those small-displacement oil-burners to our market.
Expect the second-generation Range Rover Evoque to hit the auto show circuit later this year, with deliveries of the restyled SUV to start in mid-2018 for the 2019 model year.
Source: SpiedBilde Photography