Land Rover will present a new three-cylinder petrol engine to its range when a plug-in hybrid version of the second generation of the Range Rover Evoque is launched.
Seen here testing near Jaguar Land Rover’s Coventry base in Warwickshire, the development PHEV SUV is using a 1.5 liter gasoline unit coupled to an electric motor, offering reduced emissions, improved performance and the limited mileage on pure electric power.
The car is a lithium-ion battery and will be powered by a new 48V electrical architecture, as announced by the Evoque mild hybrid Concept e 2015. Like the car, the production Evoque’s electric motor will likely serve as the starter motor.
Land Rover has refrained from any comment on the model of the arrival date, only reiterating his statement from earlier this year that all its cars have an electrified variant from 2020. But according to sources, the Evoque PHEVS could happen in the year, before the self-imposed one.
This coincides with the revelation of the next generation of the Evoque range, which will be built on a platform and they also come available with pure petrol and diesel turbocharged engines, offering improved performance, fuel economy and emissions.
The Evoque plug-in will join PHEV versions of the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover, which has been confirmed to arrive this year by the chief executive officer Ralf Speth at last week’s Frankfurt motor show. The whole of the electrification of the Range Rover will be based around the essence of combustion engines, rather than the hybrid drivetrain the diesel used by the PHEV Range Rover.