2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Will Get Full Plug-In Hybrid Option

by Heather Platt | Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2018

The all-new, second-gen Evoque has been revealed, Range Rover opting against a conventional auto show debut in favor of an event in an old brewery in London’s hipster-friendly Shoreditch district. This is, after all, a car aimed square at trendy young urbanites, or so the presentation wants us to believe.

2020 Land Rover

Sure, the company wants you to know there’s Land Rover DNA coursing through the new Evoque. But the brand is smart enough to realize new technology like its ‘transparent hood’ ClearSight Ground View is more about dodging parking lot obstacles than it is rocks and ruts out on the trail. Let’s face it, if you’re going to tick the box for the new 21-inch wheel option the last thing you want to do is grind them against the curbs exiting the mall.

Evoque buyers are younger than Land Rover’s other customers, more tech savvy, more environmentally conscious and more interested in sustainability. Little surprise these are the messages given greatest prominence, from the boast each Evoque contains as much as 70 pounds of recycled material in its construction to the arrival of JLR’s first 48-volt, mild hybrid powertrain (MHEV) on the 296-horsepower version.

Whatever the truth of the matter, it’s clear the new Evoque platform gains significant innovation, including greater use of high-strength steel as well as targeted use of aluminum to save weight where possible. Front suspension towers are one example, their bonded and riveted integration into the steel structure inspired by similar production techniques on ‘senior’ Range Rover products.

The most important feature of the new PTA platform is its ability to house various hybrid configurations without intruding on the improved interior space of the new Evoque. At launch we’ll get the MHEV option, which uses an underfloor battery pack connected to a belt-driven motor-generator on the side of the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

In this instance – and unlike the MHEV version – there is no physical connection between the front and rear axles, the power pack taking the place of the propshaft and other mechanical hardware under the vehicle’s floor. But, again, with no compromise or intrusion on interior space, given the PTA has been designed from the start to accommodate.

When pressed for further information on electric-only range, charge times and weight and performance comparisons with the MHEV version, Skipper’s PR minder stepped in to tell us this information is yet to be confirmed and we’ll have to wait for the full technical details. B


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