Land Rover Planning Range Rover Evoque With Mild Hybrid

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Land Rover is currently in the process of electrifying its entire lineup, which it hopes to complete by 2020. The British marque currently offers plug-in hybrid variants of the full-size Range Rover (Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEV) and is hoping to spread its fuel-efficient ideology to its more compact offerings.

Auto Express reports that one of its readers caught a hybrid prototype of the Range Rover Evoque testing and the registration on the vehicle provided a lot of information about the upcoming hybrid’s powertrain. The outlet claims that the SUV will feature a 2.0-liter engine and a 48-volt mild hybrid system.

The second-gen Evoque will sit on an updated version of the D8 platform, which the outlet claims won’t be able to house a plug-in hybrid system. A 48-volt system, though, does fit, which could allow the Evoque to travel short distances on nothing but electricity. The mild-hybrid setup would also give the compact crossover more performance by lending a helping hand to fill in any gaps that the the gas-powered engine may have while also improving efficiency.

As Auto Express points out, the next generation of the Discovery Sport will also utilize the D8 platform, pointing towards the possibility of a hybrid variant for that vehicle as well. The setup could also find its way into the Jaguar E-Pace SUV as the compact crossover uses the same platform.

The new Evoque is expected to make its debut towards the end of this year — possibly at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November — and could go on sale at the beginning of 2019.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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