Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is stepping in to the world electric vehicle-making. In a recent interview with Bruce Robertson, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He had revealed that starting from 2020 all-new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified.
The company has already introduced the award winning Jaguar i-PACE SUV for the MENA region at the recently held Dubai International Motor Show last-month, which will help JLR to create a new benchmark in the world of luxury electric vehicles, paving the way for an electrified future of the brand.
The second-gen Evoque is based on a new, more space-efficient platform designed from the beginning for the electrification era. This platform can be used for mild-hybrid, electrified and ICE powertrains. The baby Range Rover is already on-sale in hybrid powertrain at few European countries.
Recently, I had spotted testing an uncamouflaged test-mule of Range Rover Evoque in Dubai, UAE with a small writings of ‘PROTOTYPE VEHICLE’ at the front and rear. I assume it is an all-electric variant of Range Rover Evoque because it was so quiet when stopped for the signal, when accelerating initially and even at low speeds. It carries the same design language as the second-generation Evoque (L551), spy shots too reveal it.
May be JLR is preparing to bring full-electric Range Rover Evoque SUV to debut sometime in 2020-2021, although not officially confirmed by the British car maker. Some unconfirmed reports online claim that the upcoming full-electric Range Rover is expected to be somewhat larger than the Range Rover Evoque, but smaller than the Velar.
No technical details are out yet, but there are chances the company might use BMWs powertain for the upcoming Range Rover Evoque Electric SUV. In June-2019, the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) had announced that they have teamed up with German carmaker BMW for electric motors, transmission, control systems and a state-of-the-art 4wd set-up.
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