Here are the first photos of the Range Rover Evoque long-wheelbase, confirming rumors of a more spacious Evoque in the pipeline. The long-wheelbase Evoque could debut at Auto Shanghai 2021, running from the 19th to the 28th of this month.
The Range Rover Evoque long-wheelbase has the same design. The grille, lights, bumpers, and skid plates carry the same appearance as the standard-wheelbase version. 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, which is the version’s main highlight.
As per info on Chinese auto portals, the Range Rover Evoque long-wheelbase measures 4,531 mm in length, 1,904 mm in width, and 1,650 mm in height, and it has a wheelbase of 2,841 mm, an increment of 160 mm. It is said that the LWB version will be available with seven seats optionally in the future, which would make it practical for families.
Land Rover should offer the Range Rover Evoque LWB 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 system can use the energy harvested during deceleration later for a torque boost of up to 140 Nm (103 lb-ft).
At the top of the ladder could be the P300e plug-in hybrid system introduced in the standard Evoque in April last year. 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).
Besides the Range Rover Evoque LWB, JLR plans to launch a Land Rover Defender 130 as well, and that model series is expected to have a seven-seat configuration. We’ll get to hear about the variant’s availability outside China in the following weeks.
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