Spied: 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoqueby Drew Johnson
Land Rover\'s second-generation Evoque is just around the corner.
Land Rover's next-generation Range Rover Evoque has broken cover while undergoing shakedown testing in Britain. The second-generation of Land Rover's popular small SUV is expected to make its global debut later this year.
The current Evoque is nearing its seventh birthday, but you'd never guess that from its sales — despite its advancing age, Land Rover still sells more than 100,000 units of the SUV worldwide each year. Not wanting to mess with a good thing, Land Rover won't fiddle too much with the Evoque's winning formula.
As evidenced by these spy shots, the next will retain the current car's compact footprint. The Evoque's signature styling — which includes a sloping roofline and a rising belt line — will also carryover. However, Land Rover will refine the Evoque's overall look. Some of the Evoque's harder lines will be rounded out, giving it an appearance closer to that of the Range Rover Sport.
The next Evoque, currently being developed under the codename L551, will ride on a revised version of the current car's D8 architecture. Land Rover is said to be focusing on chassis enhancements that will improve the comfort of the Evoque's ride. A performance version of the Mk2 Evoque isn't in the cards at this time, but it's possible such a model could be added later in the vehicle's lifecycle. Although the Evqoue has been offered in convertible, three- and five-door configurations, only the latter body style is expected to be available moving forward.
At launch the Evoque will be offered with its familiar lineup of 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engines. A mild hybrid system paired with a 1.5L three-cylinder engine is expected to launch a year or two after the new Evoque is introduced.
Look for Land Rover to unveil its all-new Evoque this fall at the Paris Motor Show. Sales should kickoff shortly thereafter.