After being on the scene for six years, despite being the model that really broadened posh Range Rover ownership to a new generation of customers in a way that old Freelander model couldn't quite manage, it's time for the Range Rover Evoque to be replaced. It's a cruel old world, the automotive industry. The small SUV has sold 100,000 units each year since its introduction, making it quite the cash cow for Land Rover.
We’ve seen the second-generation car before as a test mule carrying the current model’s body but now it’s time to have a look at a more advanced prototype boasting a significant amount of the final components.
The entry-level model in the Range Rover lineup is slated to grow a little bit in size and that will pay dividends in terms of the amount of space inside the cabin, which on the outgoing Evoque isn’t exactly generous. While this prototype has been dipped in camouflage from front to rear, the Velar’s good looks are expected to rub off on to the much cheaper SUV seen testing here in the UK.
In terms of the underpinnings, the next Evoque won’t be an all-new vehicle as it will use an evolution of the current model’s D8 architecture. The tweaked hardware will boost comfort inside the cabin and there are rumours of a mild hybrid powertrain on the way, which would represent a first for Jaguar Land Rover. A plug-in hybrid setup is also in the offing as part of the company’s electrification push.
Front-wheel drive is going to be standard on the lesser versions whereas the upper-spec trim levels are going to have four-wheel drive. In terms of available body styles, Land Rover has hinted that the three-door model might not live to see a new generation since the convertible can take its place in the lineup.
The second-generation Evoque is currently set to be unveiled in October 2018 during the Paris motor show, with sales to commence towards the end of the year or in early 2019.