Firm believes plug-in hybrid powertrains are the way forward, and Evoque platform not ready for full-EV

An electric Range Rover Evoque won’t arrive to the line-up before 2025, as the brand focuses its efforts on hybrid technology in the mid-term.

Jaguar Land Rover UK boss Rawdon Glover said that while “there will be a market for a small to medium-sized electric SUV”, it will not arrive before the next generation of its entry-level Range Rover.

The second-generation Evoque launched earlier this year, seven years after the compact SUV was born, and thanks to a new platform, now accommodates mild hybrids as well as a plug-in hybrid.

However, Autocar understands the platform can not accommodate a fully electric drivetrain, and so new architecture would need to be implemented for a third-generation model to house such a set-up.

The PHEV, due in 12 months’ time, will be powered by a 197bhp three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine paired with a 107bhp electric motor.

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Glover described the Evoque PHEV as  “fleet game-changer” for Land Rover and predicts it will make up more than a third of UK Evoque sales when it arrives early next year.

Land Rover believes plug-in hybrid technology is a sensible middle ground for the Evoque, opposed to a fully electric variant, having seen success with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrids launched in 2017. 

Within the M25, one in two of those models sold are plug-in hybrid.

Broader electric plans for Land Rover are unconfirmed, but an electric version of the flagship Range Rover is expected in under five years.

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7 May 2019

It seems strange to me that JLR would engineer an all new platform (which, coincidentally, is exactly the same size as the previous, ancient, platform) which cannot support an electric drivetrain.  And which will only last for six years, at which time another all new platform will be introduced.

7 May 2019

Considering it is an entirely new platform.

7 May 2019

Strange JLR to be allowing this to become  a PHEV  seeing that current sales of said type are falling . People just cant be bothered to plug in. Know two people both got plug in guess what they dont plug them in , bought by the companies they work for. Hybrid is the way at the moment .Come on JLR full electric is the way.suprised that this new Evoque is not even offered with full electric ,eeing the I Pace is already in your  portfolio

7 May 2019

Strange JLR to be allowing this to become  a PHEV  seeing that current sales of said type are falling . People just cant be bothered to plug in. Know two people both got plug in guess what they dont plug them in , bought by the companies they work for. Hybrid is the way at the moment .Come on JLR full electric is the way.suprised that this new Evoque is not even offered with full electric ,seeing the I Pace is already in your  portfolio

7 May 2019

Yay! welcome to the year 2013 JLR! - keep going you will catch up ...eventually.

7 May 2019

Brilliant news.

Exactly what I wanted to hear from Land Rover.

I fully agree, it harnesses all the benifits of electrical power as well as keeping the good old ICE.

Great decision LR!

Mind you, I think a fully electric road rover would be a great idea, as long as they leave it there.

JMax

7 May 2019

of the new Evoques on the road, and the new design looks fantastic. If they made an EV version, it would kill the Tesla model Y, but I understand that JLR simply aren't there yet either with a dedicated platform or battery availability. And let's face it, our charging infrastructure is pretty woeful at present.

7 May 2019
Hughbl wrote:

of the new Evoques on the road, and the new design looks fantastic. If they made an EV version, it would kill the Tesla model Y, but I understand that JLR simply aren't there yet either with a dedicated platform or battery availability. And let's face it, our charging infrastructure is pretty woeful at present.

No it wouldn't, the Model Y won't be cheap for sure, but an EV Evoque would be horrendous.

7 May 2019

Why? An upright sometime maybe offroader like the Evoque is an ideal shape for an EV, plenty of room for batteries in the floor without squashing the occupants heads against the roof, and it's better looking than the Y. A pity they won't be building one, I think JLR are missing a trick.

8 May 2019

Kill the Tesla model Y?

Lol, only in the UK, and then only maybe.

Gad.

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