British luxury automaker Land Rover has discontinued the three-door Range Rover Evoque globally. The reason behind the discontinuation of the first generation Range Rover Evoque is said to be the low sales demand. The company is currently testing the next-gen Evoque and has plans to offer the five-door Evoque and the convertible Evoque as option instead of the three-door Evoque from 2019. Expected to debut later this year, the next generation Range Rover Evoque will borrow its design language from the new Range Rover Velar.
Confirming the global discontinuation of the three-door Range Rover Evoque, a Land Rover spokesman said: “From the 2019 model year, Land Rover has rationalized its Range Rover Evoque body style offering to concentrate on the five-door model and convertible, which account for the majority of sales.”
Earlier in 2017, Land Rover had already axed the three-door Range Rover Evoque from its North American line-up. Now, the automaker has discontinued the SUV from across the globe making it clear that they are not looking to manufacture the cars with low sales demand anymore. Currently, Land Rover is focusing on the next generation Range Rover Evoque with a debut set for at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018.
The upcoming Range Rover Evoque has already been spied recently and the SUV is said to be based on the D8 platform and might offer more space inside compensating for the coupe-like roofline. The second generation Range Rover Evoque is expected to get a new pair of sleeker LED headlamps, and wears bolt-on grille from bumper along with a set of black alloy wheels. The new sloping roofline with a larger spoiler at the rear, a new wide, sleeker set of tail lamps, a new tailgate and new rear bumper are expected to be the other highlights of the luxurious upcoming Range Rover Evoque.
Though the upcoming Evoque will host a number of new and additional features but the powertrain of the next-gen Rnage Rover Evoque is likely to remain the same with the four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel Ingenium engines. The power output of the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines ranges from 150 bhp to about 300 bhp. Apart from this, the British automaker is also expected to introduce a 48-volt electric system to a 1.5-litre Ingenium petrol engine later by 2020.
Talking about the discontinued Range Rover Evoque in India, being the cheapest and the biggest-selling model in the brand's product line, the Evoque is also a favorite premium SUV among Indians because of the good looks and compact dimensions. In the Indian market, Evoque three-door is available in both coupe and convertible models. Land Rover had launched the coupe as limited edition in India while the convertible has been launched recently.
In terms of powertrain, the three- door Range Rover Evoque coupe came powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged ‘Ingenium' petrol variant making 237 bhp of maximum power and 340 Nm of torque as well as the 2.0-litre diesel unit churning out 132 bhp and 430 Nm of peak torque. Both engines come mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. However, the Evoque Convertible gets only the 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine that prodcues 237 bhp and 340 Nm of torque. Also, the convertible is only available in the HSE Dynamic variant.
The three- door Range Rover Evoque was first unveiled in 2011 and became quite popular among the auto enthusiasts because of its looks and excellent designing skills. Now, looking at the new trend of more practical five- door cars, the discontinuation didn’t come as a surprise as other competitors such as the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Scirocco have been discontinued along with Jaguar XE S and XF S models, while several models have been converted to five-door only for their new generation.
However, there is no official confirmation regarding the introduction of the second- generation Range Rover Evoque but it is expected to take place sometime in 2019. We’ll have to wait till the British luxury automaker makes any official announcements regarding the same.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming next- gen Range Rover Evoque.