New Evoque arrives next year with Velar-derived styling and features, while mild hybrid powertrain is under consideration

Land Rover has cut the three-door Range Rover Evoque from its line-up amid slow sales.

Since the introduction of the cabriolet variant — the third bodystyle of the huge-selling Evoque — the three-door has been the slowest-selling, leading Land Rover to now axe this from sale. Sources suggested that as much as 95% of sales were of the five-door version. 

Less practicality-focused buyers now have only the more expensive cabriolet model as an alternative to the five-door Evoque. A Land Rover spokesman said: “From the 2019 model year, Land Rover has rationalised its Range Rover Evoque bodystyle offering to concentrate on the five-door model and convertible, which account for the majority of sales.”

The move to axe the slower-selling variant of one of Jaguar Land Rover's most popular cars likely aims to offset falling sales of volume models; in March alone, sales declined by 7.8% compared with March 2017, with overall sales down 3.8% across the year ended 31 March. 

It’s no surprise that the three-door Evoque was discontinued, given the industry’s trend towards more practical five-door cars. Three-door and coupé variants of the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Scirocco have been discontinued in the past 18 months, while several models have been converted to five-door only for their new generation. Jaguar has also recently cut the XE S and XF S from its line-up.

No official word has been given on whether the second-generation Evoque will be available as a three-door, but it's now almost certain that it won't be.

Despite the dominance of the five-door Evoque, a second-generation Evoque Convertible will likely follow the five-door’s introduction for a 2020 launch

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8 June 2018

 A Popular Car especially with the yummy Mummy brigade the feel safer in a big Car idea, the rear seat was always critiqued for being a bit pokey dark sitting back there ideal for Kids, but getting in and our was harder than it should’ve been, so it’s no surprise that it’s going.

Peter Cavellini.

8 June 2018

I'm sure at launch the 3dr was £2k more expensive than the 5dr. Why would you pay more for a substantially less practical car that gained nothing in style? The proportions of the 5dr were much better. 

8 June 2018
Will86 wrote:

I'm sure at launch the 3dr was £2k more expensive than the 5dr. Why would you pay more for a substantially less practical car that gained nothing in style? The proportions of the 5dr were much better. 

Traditionally coupes cost more because they require a different structural solution altogether eg. Mercedes's pillarless coupes, BMW CS/CSi. And then manufacturers began to save money by putting back the B-pillar on their coupes (BMW, smaller MBs). Mercedes even went on to call their C class coupes E class, that is, < C class accomdation for > E class money.

 

8 June 2018

I'd agree that there may be a case for a coupe to be more expensive because of manufacturing costs but if you look at a normal hatchback, the 3 door model is normally cheaper than the 5 door. In the case of the Evoque, all they did was lower the roof line and lose 2 doors. So I don't think it should have cost more.

 

8 June 2018

 Yes, some did have issues...

Peter Cavellini.

8 June 2018
The Gayvoque looks no different to the Velar. Heck all the Landrover range looks the same. A fool & his money are easily easily seperated.

8 June 2018

If you look very closely all BMW's look the same, all Audi's look the same and all Mercs

look the same too........

jazznick

8 June 2018
smokescreen38 wrote:

The Gayvoque looks no different to the Velar.

Really?!  In 2018??

9 June 2018
catnip wrote:

smokescreen38 wrote:

The Gayvoque looks no different to the Velar.

Really?!  In 2018??

+1

8 June 2018

Thanks Catnip, I was going to point this out as well. @smokescreen38, there is no need for homophobic language like that in this day and age. Grow up

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