09 May 2019

Range Rover Evoque To Remain Hybrid in Second Generation

The Evoque PHEV won't arrive in the UK until 2020.
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The new second generation Range Rover Evoque is ready to enter into the electric vehicle age—or at least the hybrid age.

Jaguar Land Rover UK chief Rawdon Glover told autocar.uk that for now, the Evoque would stay as a hybrid until there was enough market demand for a fully electric small to medium-size SUV.

The new Evoque sits on a platform that can work with the traditional internal combustion engine for its drivetrain, or as a mild hybrid or a plug in electric vehicle (PHEV)—in other words, a regular hybrid.

Glover said that a fully electric variant of the popular entry-level SUV wouldn’t be until its next generation—and considering the second generation only just hit the road, that may not be for a while.

For now, in the UK Jaguar Land Rover has plans for the Evoque PHEV to arrive within the next 12 months—so Australians may have a little longer.

It ill be powered by a 197 bhp three-cylinder 1.5—litre petrol engine together with a 107bhp electric motor, and will be a “fleet game changer” according to Glover, with Land Rover expecting it to make up a third of all of Evoque’s sales in the UK.

Hybrid tech is being rolled out throughout the Range Rover portfolio, with plug-in hybrids for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport available since 2017.

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