An all-new version of the Range Rover Evoque, tentatively called the Evoque Plus, is due to arrive in the UK next year, according to an Autocar report.
Billed as a ‘missing link’ between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, the new model is reportedly being tested on UK roads ahead of an official unveil sometime next year.
According to Autocar, the Evoque Plus will be a sister car to the upcoming Jaguar F-PACE crossover, albeit with a longer wheelbase and an expected seven-seat layout.
“Incredibly luxurious and low-slung”
Last year, Land Rover’s design chief Gerry McGovern first hinted at a different direction for expanding the Range Rover line-up with “incredibly luxurious, low slung” new models.
The expectation is that the Evoque Plus will not only be larger than the regular Evoque, but also more performance-focused, mixing themes from the performance estates and SUV markets.
McGovern’s hints of incredible levels of luxury also suggest that Land Rover’s executives might have their eye on manufacturing some sort of limousine-esque stretched SUV.
Not only that, but the new Evoque Plus could also become Range Rover’s first fully electric vehicle, using the same battery-powered electric powertrain as will be available with the F-PACE
Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering chief Wolfgang Zeibart has previously spoken about the potential for an electric Range Rover, seeing it as an option for an inner-city vehicle or as a “second or third car for a wealthy family”.
Currently, it’s expected that the first zero-emissions Range Rover will have a range of around 300 miles in ideal conditions, with improved aerodynamics to further stretch battery charge.
Finally, the new Evoque Plus is expected to be built using the same lightweight aluminium structures as the Jaguar F-PACE and XE saloon, manufactured on the same line in Jaguar’s Solihull plant.
Three unique models made on the same line but launched at different times would also allow Jaguar Land Rover to keep production high to cope with buyer demand and ensure profitability.
New Evoque out now
Of course, nothing has been set in stone or officially confirmed just yet, but Range Rover recently unveiled the facelifted 2015 version of the standard Evoque, complete with a new range of features.
As well as a retooled exterior appearance, the new Evoque models now come with full LED headlights, and a comprehensive list of safety features, including emergency braking and a new attention assist system to keep drivers from getting drowsy.
The range is also due to be expanded early next year with the debut of the first ever Evoque Convertible, which was recently revealed last month and which is due to go on sale in 2016.
In the meantime, the Range Rover Evoque is available to buy from Perrys dealerships today, with prices starting from £30,200.