Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe dead in the USby Ronan Glon
Even the convertible outsold the coupe.
Land Rover has axed a slow-selling variant of the Range Rover Evoque, and it's likely not the one you're thinking of. The Convertible model remains, but the two-door Coupe it's based on won't return to the United States for the 2018 model year.
The Coupe is the weakest link in the Evoque lineup. It's less popular than the four-door model, which is to be expected, but Motor Authority reports it's also overshadowed by the convertible. Specific sales figures haven't been released, however.
The remaining members of the Evoque line-up undergo an array of changes for the 2018 model year. Notably, the 2017 model's Ford-derived 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets replaced by a 2.0-liter turbo four from Jaguar - Land Rover's new Ingenium family of engines. It's also found in the XE, the XF, and the Range Rover Velar.
The Evoque's new engine makes 237 horsepower in its most basic state of tune. Buyers who select either the HSE Dynamic or the Autobiography trim can order a 286-horsepower version of the engine. All-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission come standard regardless of which tune motorists choose.
Evoques equipped with the higher-spec engine take six seconds flat to reach 60 mph from a stop, and they go on to a top speed of 144 mph.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is on sale now. Pricing starts at $41,800, excluding a mandatory $995 destination charge. Production of the two-door Evoque continues for other markets, including Europe.