JLR has launched the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque L (Evoque long-wheelbase) in China. The long-wheelbase Evoque is available in five configurations, with prices starting at CNY 389,800, which is close to EUR 51,000.
|Configuration||Range Rover Evoque L price|
|2.0T 200 PS R-Dynamic Standard||CNY 389,800 (EUR 51,156)|
|2.0T 249 PS R-Dynamic S||CNY 415,800 (EUR 54,568)|
|2.0T 249 PS R-Dynamic First Edition||CNY 429,800 (EUR 56,405)|
|2.0T 249 PS R-Dynamic SE||CNY 445,800 (EUR 58,505)|
|2.0T 249 PS R-Dynamic HSE||CNY 475,800 (EUR 62,442)|
Design & Dimensions
The Range Rover Evoque long-wheelbase has an identical design. The grille, lights, bumpers, and skid plates carry the appearance of the standard-wheelbase version. There’s an L logo on the C-pillars to highlight the wheelbase of the China-only model. Needless to say, the rear windows and doors are longer, enhancing the ease of ingress/egress and outside visibility for the passengers. Then comes the obvious benefit of knee room and comfort, which is the version’s main highlight, besides the bigger body and presence for a little extra money.
As per info on Chinese auto portals, the Range Rover Evoque long-wheelbase measures 4,531 mm (178.4 in.) in length, 1,904 mm (75.0 in.) in width, and 1,650 mm (65.0 in.) in height. It has a 160 mm (6.3 in.) longer wheelbase (2,841 mm or 111.9 in.) compared to the standard Evoque.
Interior & Features
The Range Rover Evoque L offers 1,015 mm (40.0 in.) of legroom in the rear, which is 156 mm (6.1 in.) more than the standard Evoque (859 mm/33.8 in.). Here, Land Rover has used a thickened seat and a newly designed rear central armrest with hidden cup holders and storage space. Also new in the stretched Evoque is the InControl OS 2.0 system that has a revamped menu design and supports over-the-air (OTA) updates. 90% of the commonly used functions don’t take more than two clicks.
The Range Rover L employs a “Hero” turbocharged gasoline engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The engine in question is the PT204 2.0-liter mill. The mild-hybrid Evoque L has a maximum power output of 249 PS and a peak torque of 365 Nm. A 9-speed automatic transmission and an AWD system work together to send drive to the wheels.
In the standard Evoque mild-hybrid, the engine shuts off at speeds below 11 mph to reduce fuel consumption and tailpipe emission. A belt-integrated starter generator recuperates energy generated during deceleration and transfers it to the (0.2 kWh Lithium-ion) battery pack and converter. The system can use the energy harvested during deceleration later for a torque boost of up to 140 Nm (103 lb-ft).
We see no reason for the Evoque L not to inherit the P300e plug-in hybrid system eventually. The plug-in hybrid uses a 147 kW (201 hp) 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an 80 kW (107 hp) electric motor. The combustion engine powers the front axle, and the electric motor is at the rear axle. The latter’s energy source is a 15 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which allows a pure electric range of up to 41 miles (WLTP).
In recent years, more long-wheelbase specifications of European cars have ventured into the global market. However, we’re not sure if JLR plans to deploy the Evoque L outside China.
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