The world is moving towards electrified vehicles and this has forced all the auto majors to become proactive and offer as many electrified vehicles as possible. British luxury auto brand Jaguar Land Rover is no exception to this, and is busy making its electric and hybrid models. As a part of the company’s future readiness, the new generation model of the Range Rover Evoque will also be endowed with hybrid technology as per the latest reports. The second generation Range Rover Evoque’s test prototype was spotted testing on the roads of Spain by an auto enthusiast. The registration number of the test mule revealed that the model was a 2.0 litre mill powered vehicle with a hybrid electric technology.
When the company was contacted, a Land Rover spokesperson refused to comment anything pointing that the company doesn’t comment on its upcoming products. However, it can safely be said that the upcoming new Range Rover Evoque hybrid will be getting equipped with a 2.0 litre Ingenium diesel motor along with a 48V mild hybrid drivetrain.
The new generation Range Rover Evoque is based on a highly modified version of the esteemed D8 platform that notably is not able to accommodate the plug-in technology. Nevertheless, a 48V system would be able to fit into this platform and might enable the all new Evoque with the power to run in a fully electric mode for a short range. The hybrid technology will also help the car with enhanced throttle response, while eradicating turbo lag and also enhance improve fuel efficiency.
Back in the month of September 2017, the Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Ralf Speth announced that every new vehicle model launched after 2020 will be featuring some sort of electrification. This mild hybrid system will enable the next generation Evoque and the next generation Discovery Sport, which is also underpinned by the D8 platform to become a part of this new line of electrified cars from the company. The new Jaguar E-Pace SUV is also based on the same architecture and thus, it might also be coming with a variant that is endowed with the mild hybrid drivetrain in future.
The all new Range Rover Evoque is expected to officially make its world premiere towards the end of this current calendar year. It is likely to break cover at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show in November, and is expected to hit the global market for sale by the first half of 2019. On the other hand, the new generation Discovery Sport is not expected to come very soon and is thought to be a couple of years away. It is expected to be unveiled sometime only in 2021.