Production of the Evoque started on July 4, 2001, and the first deliveries took place in September of the same year. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) took a risk with this vehicle because the design focused on luxury and design. In contrast, traditional Range Rover clients concentrated on the off-road capabilities of Range Rovers. This risk paid off.
In fact, the Evoque model became so successful that a Chinese automaker replicated it almost entirely in 2014. Today, the number of Evoque units sold by JLR amounted to over 600,000 units. These sales figures are impressive, but JLR feels that an upgrade is necessary. Therefore, the automaker is designing a successor to this SUV.
Comparison with the Ranger Rover Velar
The much-anticipated upgrade of the Evoque will feature a design that is strikingly similar to the Velar. However, it still looks like an Evoque, but with smoothened edges. It will feature the dual-screen center stack that is present in Velar’s as well. Interestingly, the change in the size of the new version of the Evoque compared to the old one is insignificant. That means sense because the Velar is the model that fills the gap between the Range Rover Sport, and the Evoque.
The LR-MS platform that it has is similar to the one found in the present-day Evoque and the Discovery Sport. However, this LR-MS platform has lighter materials than the ones used to build the platform in the current Evoque. Interestingly, a mild hybrid will be on offer in addition to a high tech plug-in hybrid.
Another possible feature that this new Evoque version will have is a five-door design making it easier to use for handling luggage than three-door versions of Evoque. It also makes it easy for passengers to move into the back seats without straining to fit into the car. Watch out for this Evoque upgrade in 2019 when it will go on sale as a 2020 model.