The Evoque 2 will also be the first Land Rover model to get the extraordinary ‘see-through’ bonnet technology, shown as a prototype four years ago.
It combines under-engine cameras with head-up display technology to overlay a virtual reality image into the driver’s view of the ground hidden by the car’s nose. JLR says the car will also get a ‘smart’ rear-view mirror.
The move to electrified Ingenium engines will, according to the JLR briefing, reduce the overall CO2 output of the Evoque range by around 13%. These engines, along with a new engine mount design and a new shift programme for the transmission, will improve throttle response by 40%.
The Evoque eco champion will be a plug-in, which uses a 300V hybrid set-up coupled with a new three-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine for a 45g/km CO2 rating. This, says JLR, exceeds the new Chinese standard for ‘new energy vehicles’, which car makers are clamouring to achieve due to the huge sales potential from China’s desire to lead the world on electrified vehicles.
The new Evoque structure and transmission families will eventually be transferred to the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Jaguar E-Pace. Autocar understands the Discovery Sport will be the second model to transfer to the PTA platform, the availability of hybrid drivetrains considered crucial for Land Rover’s bestselling model.
The current JLR plan is to eventually build all of its future models on the new MLA aluminium platform. This promises to be a remarkable piece of engineering that will allow any configuration of vehicle, from turbocharged three-pot petrol to a high- capacity electric car, to be built from the MLA components set. The plug-in version of the MLA will have a new all-wheel-drive system that uses an electric motor to power the real wheels.
MLA will be lighter than the current JLR aluminium architecture, a big advantage when moving to plug-in hybrids. It will also usher in more driver aids.
With the multi-fuel MLA platform set to go into production from 2020 in Slovakia and Solihull, JLR will establish a significant lead over its German premium rivals.
For example, the upcoming Porsche Taycan EV is built on a unique one-off platform that is acting as a stop-gap until the Volkswagen Group moves to multi-fuel platforms. JLR has developed its own bespoke EV architecture for the Jaguar I-Pace, but this will be the only JLR car built on it, with all future models switching to MLA.