An early development mule for the Mk2 Evoque shows new trailing arm suspension and wider tracks

Range Rover Evoque development car has been spotted testing with a widened track and new rear chassis components, suggesting the second-generation car will be built on a new, larger platform to offer more cabin space.

The car’s wheelbase is unchanged, but it looks to be using a completely redesigned trailing arm suspension setup.

The car also sports changes to its bodywork. The wheel arch extensions and raised rear ride height can be attributed to the chassis and structure changes, while a flattened rear bumper hints at a more compact design at the rear. Expect the next-generation Evoque to sport a design that follows the direction seen in the new Range Rover Velar and Discovery.

Camouflage on the car’s nose is a sign that Land Rover is running this mule with parts that could eventually make it to production. Our source believes the new front is being subjected to engine cooling tests here.

Land Rover has remained tight-lipped on its replacement Evoque model, stating that it doesn't comment on future models.

Nevertheless, our source said that this is the Mk2 Evoque's platform, and it's being designed to incorporate JLR’s latest four-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines which offer improved performance, reduced emissions and better fuel economy. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version, using an all-new three-cylinder petrol engine.

Insurance database information shows that this test mule is running a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit, but whether it’s the four-cylinder unit that’s offered with the current Evoque, or a next-generation powertrain, is yet to be learned. Modifications to the fuel-filler cap (above) suggest the latter is likely.

The Range Rover Evoque Mk2 isn't expected to arrive before 2019.

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12 January 2017
New Evoque to be bigger than the one it replaces. If JLR run true to past form. By 2030 it will be as big as a Discovery.

12 January 2017
Bazzer wrote:

New Evoque to be bigger than the one it replaces. If JLR run true to past form. By 2030 it will be as big as a Discovery.

That's being pessimistic, more like 2025. But it's the industry norm to continuously enlarge cars. Apparently the latest C-class Merc is nearly as big as the original S-Class, if you can believe that!

8 May 2017
That's a fair point Bazzer, but I think one of the big criticisms from customer is the size of the cabin. Evoque M1 is little too small, and I'm sure this next car will be positioned from about £36K or £37K+.

Of course, moving upwards in size and price leaves a nice 'big' gap for a smaller car - aimed at the £30K-£40K market.

I'm sure the 'Evoquette' will happen.

9 May 2017
Bazzer wrote:

New Evoque to be bigger than the one it replaces. If JLR run true to past form. By 2030 it will be as big as a Discovery.

I am hoping that if I can hold off buying one of these until 2030, I can use it as some sort of land based super yacht that I can drive to town in, and drive my modestly sized discovery out of the back as a run around. How cool would that be?

Spanner

12 January 2017
I've never seen an Evoque convertible on the road.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

12 January 2017
It's a pretty miserable looking thing - like a lifesize Barbie-car.
The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

10 May 2017
Bishop wrote:

like a lifesize Barbie-car.

Best description of an Evoque convertible I've seen yet.

I know someone who owns one, in white, paid for by mummy and daddy's money of course. She's a total 'look at me' airhead and perfectly reinforces the stereotype of the Evoque convertible's customer base. Stereotypes really do exist for a reason.

12 January 2017
it didn't look that great...big black canvas roof..

8 May 2017
"Thought for the day...
12 January 2017
I've never seen an Evoque convertible on the road."

I wish that were true for me - I see at least a few a day. How shallow are some people (and I'm not talking about those at JLR that are inflicting this on us, irrespective of what it does for their P&L.

12 January 2017
Still gives Landwind plenty of time for the update then...

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