Next Range Rover Evoque getting new PHEV drivetrain

Land Rover\'s electrification offensive continues.

The next-generation Range Rover Evoque will carry the electrification torch lit recently by Land Rover, according to a report from England.

Jaguar - Land Rover (JLR) pledged every new model it develops after the end of 2019 will incorporate some form of electrification. To that end, the second-gen Evoque will be offered with a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain built around a brand-new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine.

Technical specifications are still few and far between. British magazine Autocar reports the setup will rely on a 48-volt electrical system, and it will be capable of powering the Evoque on electricity alone for short distances. It will be enough to grant it access to the upcoming zero-emission zones intimidating companies from all over the automotive spectrum.

Land Rover's hybrid Range Rover Evoque will arrive in 2019, according to inside sources who spoke to Autocar. That timing suggests we might not see it in North America until the 2020 model year. Specifications (such as the system's output and performance) are still under wraps.

It sounds like the Evoque will inaugurate the three-cylinder/electric motor combination. It's too small for bigger models like a Range Rover or a Jaguar XJ, but it's safe to bet the powertrain will spread to other relatively compact JLR models like the Jaguar XE, and possibly even the next Defender.

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