LONDON – Land Rover is adding fuel-saving plug-in and mild hybrid powertrains to the new-generation Range Rover Evoque that was unveiled here on Thursday.
The coupe-styled SUV keeps the distinctive design of the current model with its rising waistline and slim rear window while adding a host of new technology.
The Evoque has been a success since it was introduced in 2010 with just over 772,096 units built to date. Last year the car was Jaguar Land Rover's No. 2 seller after the Discovery Sport with global sales of more than 100,000.
The Evoque "transformed the world of compact SUVs on its debut and the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey," Land Rover Chief Designer Gerry McGovern said at the unveiling.
The Evoque now has a smoother exterior look with integrated door-handles that echoes the styling of the larger Range Rover Velar.
Land Rover has dropped the Evoque’s three-door version after demand fell to about 3 percent of total volume.
The Evoque will be offered in Europe with three diesel and three gasoline four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine options.
The Evoque joins the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover in offering plug-in hybrid options. Land Rover will add a 300-volt plug-in hybrid will toward the end of next year. It will have an electric motor mated to a new three-cylinder gasoline engine that will reduce CO2 emissions to below 45 grams per km, the company said.