Land Rover isn’t interested yet in challenging the likes of the Audi E-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace with an electric version of the all-new Range Rover Evoque.
The SUV will thus have to make do with the current powertrain family, as the market might not be big enough for such a model. “There will be a market for a small to medium-sized electric SUV”, said JLR’s UK chief Rawdon Glover, according to Autocar, but not yet.
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A battery-electric Evoque is being considered, however, just not for the current generation. Its successor, which is reportedly due for after 2025, might be the one to ditch the internal combustion engine for a couple of electric motors, taking the brand further into the future.
Those who still want to drive the new Evoque without hearing the sound made by the ICE will have to wait for the plug-in hybrid variant, which will probably debut before the end of the year.
The new 197 hp (200PS) electrified powertrain is expected to combine a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit with a 109 PS (107 hp / 80 kW) electric motor.
When they officially announced the PHEV at the unveiling of the second-gen Evoque, Land Rover also said that the three-cylinder Ingenium engine will join the family later this year.
It is understood that the flagship Range Rover SUV will get an electric version, too, before 2024, but this is only a rumor for now.