Jaguar Land Rover is working on a Range Rover Evoque long-wheelbase version, which has been spotted on test in China, the market with a serious appetite for ‘lengthened’ vehicles. As the standard model, the Range Rover Evoque LWB presumably is baking in mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.
The Range Rover Evoque long-wheelbase has a different grille, and that’s the perceivable design change at the front. The rear-end looks the same as that of the regular model. On the sides, the stretched version has longer doors that should offer easy ingress and egress for the rear seat travelers. It is said that the LWB version will be available with seven seats optionally in the future, which would make it a practical SUV for families.
The Range Rover Evoque LWB could be offered mainly with 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engines featuring 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. 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 energy harvested during deceleration can be used later for a torque boost of up to 140 Nm (103 lb-ft).
At the top of the ladder should be the P300e plug-in hybrid system introduced in the standard Evoque in April last year. The plug-in hybrid system uses a 147 kW (201 hp) 1.5-liter gasoline engine along with 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 source of energy is a 15 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack, which allows a pure electric range of up to 41 miles (WLTP).
Besides the Range Rover Evoque LWB, JLR is developing a Land Rover Defender 130 as well, and that model series is expected to have a seven-seat configuration. The company will likely release both variants in the next 12 months.
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