Land Rover’s Evoque will face a new change. Recently, a driving test site for an LWB model with an increased wheelbase over the current Evoque was captured. Evoque’s change with the addition of 3 rows of seats is seen as a strategy to secure superior competitiveness in the semi-mid-sized SUV market.
Auto Evolution, which delivered this news, said that the 7-seater Evoque is based on the second-generation model that was unveiled in 2018, and is not made exclusively for China, but for global sales.
In fact, there have been several examples of targeting the Chinese market by increasing the wheelbase over the existing model, and representatively, Audi’s A7, which recently increased the wheelbase to give up its own fastback roof line and showed a design close to a three-box form.
Land Rover has not yet disclosed exact specifications for how long the wheelbase will be lengthened, but overseas automotive media outlet Kascoop explained that “Land Rover will further narrow the gap between Evoque and Bella through the LWB model.” .
However, Land Rover is expected to continue to maintain its compact crossover shape despite the addition of an increased wheelbase and two seats, and the profile of the driving test model is also showing the same shape as the existing Evoque.
In particular, the short rear overhangs unique to Evoque are highlighted due to the long wheelbase of the LWB model. The foreign press said, “As the facelift cycle of the 2nd generation Evoque is approaching, there will be a detailed design difference, but the design of the LWB model is not much different from the current model.”
The shape of the strut in the grille covered with the camouflage plate is the same hexagonal shape as before, and the thickness of the headlights and the internal graphics are expected to maintain the original design without significant changes. There are also no new changes in the air curtains on both sides and the air ducts on the bumpers.
Despite the increased length of the roof, the shape of each pillar is also similar to that of the existing Evoque, and the position of the reflector is the same as before even on the rear part, where it is difficult to understand the design due to the thick camouflage membrane covered with the tail light.
The powertrain will also continue to maintain its original specifications. The foreign press predicted that the LWB model will be equipped with an Ingenium four-cylinder engine, and will display up to 240 horsepower for diesel and 300 horsepower for gasoline.
In addition, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain is expected to be installed, with a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder gasoline turbo engine and an electric motor showing up to 200 horsepower and 110 horsepower, respectively, and will be applied to the upper trim of the LWB. Foreign media predicted that the Evoque LWB model would be able to drive 65 km only in pure electric mode.
Although Land Rover is currently preparing a long wheelbase version, the original Evoque was the flagship model of a semi-medium compact SUV. It was also the first mass-produced vehicle to be showcased at Land Rover by Gary McGovern, now Land Rover’s design director.
“Land Rover will be able to rethink the stagnant brand image through Evoque,” he said, expressing confidence in the new compact SUV that the brand was not familiar with at the time. The birthplace of Evoque was the LRX concept unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in 2008, and E-Terrain technology was applied inside the vehicle.
The LRX concept was highly efficient with biofuel compatibility, removable carbon composite roof panels, regenerative brakes and ERAD hybrid powertrain, and was able to travel 32 km in pure electric mode only. Land Rover announced the mass production in earnest by releasing it under the model name’Evoque’ in 2011, three years after the concept was released.
Evoque was the smallest and lightest model in the history of the brand, with a sleek profile and LRX The design of the concept was applied in a large number, creating the most sophisticated and modern sensibility of the Land Rover lineup at the time.
In particular, the core of the Evoque design is the harmony of the coupe-like roofline that descends backward and the beltline that rises oppositely, which visually lowers the overall height of the vehicle and emphasizes the dynamic feel.
Initially, Evoque’s powertrain was equipped with a 2.2-liter diesel engine with up to 150 horsepower and 190 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 240 horsepower. Based on the ground clearance of 215mm It has an approach angle of 25 degrees, a departure angle of 33 degrees, and a 500mm wading capability.
Evoque, which announced the brand’s new vision, had sales of 22,710 units when it was launched in 2011, but only one year later, in 2012, 108,598 units were sold, recording explosive growth, and in 2014 it rose to 125,364 units. In 2017, when the three-door coupe was discontinued, the convertible model was released, and the current second-generation model appeared in 2018.
Evoque, which instilled new vitality in the brand, will be reborn as a 7-seater model to gain stronger competitiveness, and the foreign press said that based on this, it will compete with the GLB 7-seater model of Mercedes.
The GLB has an overall length of 4640mm and a wheelbase of 2830mm, and the optional third row seat can accommodate an adult male up to 168cm.
Each seat in the 3rd row is provided with a pair of cup holders, 2 storage spaces and a USB port for added user convenience. In addition, the maximum loading capacity is increased from 570 liters to 1,805 liters when folded in both rows 2 and 3.
Land Rover has not yet revealed the exact interior specifications of the Evoque LWB, but given the current Evoque’s height of 1649mm and the Mercedes GLB’s height of 1695mm, the headroom space of the Evoque LWB’s third row seats is similar or slightly more than that of the GLB. It is expected to be low.
In addition, considering that the loading capacity of the current Evoque increases from 591 liters to 1,383 liters when folding the second row seats, the new Evoque 7-seater model with an increased wheelbase is expected to have a load capacity similar to that of the GLB.
So far, we have learned about the new Evoque LWB model Land Rover is preparing. Recently, the Jeep also unveiled a 7-seater version of the Grand Cherokee L, and SUVs that emphasize convenience and practicality by expanding the interior space are emerging.
I will conclude today with anticipation whether the Evoque LWB, which is scheduled to be unveiled within this year, will have excellent competitiveness in the 7-seater SUV market. Thank you.