Range Rover has no plans to offer a hybrid version of the new Evoque crossover despite the fact that the LRX Concept, on which the Evoque is based on, featured an electric rear-wheel-drive powertrain.
Instead of getting a hybrid powertrain, the first Land Rover models to get hybrid technology will be the next-generation Discoveries, according to Land Rover’s global brand director John Edwards.
“Our approach to Evoque is more viable for the company and customers because hybrid technology on a relatively small car would load the price and add weight,” said Edwards. “That technology is better suited to larger cars, probably from Discovery upwards. Our engineers have done a great job reducing weight on Evoque.”
Refresher: Power for the 2012 Range Rover Evoque models comes from a 2.0L Si4 turbo (aka 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged Ford EcoBoost) making 240-hp. Mated to a 6-speed automatic, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque 5-doord goes from 0-60 mph in the 7 second range. Prices will start around $45,000.
– By: Omar Rana