Next Land Rover Evoque getting evolutionary design

The second-gen model could debut as early as next year.

Don't expect to see drastic changes when Land Rover unveils the next-generation Range Rover Evoque. The company is sticking to what it calls a winning formula.

Outspoken Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern told British magazine Autocar his task is to "take the current car's integrity and make it more relevant." In other words, he's looking at "how to make the vehicle more modern, precise, more comfortable, more luxurious, those things -- not just pure aesthetics."

The familiar silhouette will remain, but the design will draw inspiration from the recently-introduced Velar. Land Rover axed the two-door model, so there's no reason to believe it will return for a second generation. We could see a new convertible, however.

Interior designers will also look to the Velar, so the twin-touch screen setup could trickle down to the smaller Range. The passenger compartment will ride atop an evolution of the front-wheel drive D8 platform found under the Discovery Sport and the Jaguar E-Pace.

The powertrain portfolio will continue to include gasoline- and diesel-burning four-cylinder engines. Expect several forms of electrification -- likely mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid setups, depending on the variant -- to join the line-up before the end of the decade. Front-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission will come standard, and all-wheel drive will come at an extra cost on select trim levels.

Autocar predicts we'll see the next-generation Evoque for the first time next year at the Paris Auto Show. If that's accurate, expect to learn more about it in the months preceding the event.

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