Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque is growing up so fast. The baby Rover was released into the wild back in October of this year, and Land Rover is already looking at ways to improve it. Land Rover jammed the Evoque full of the off-road capabilities the bigger Rovers receive, and to say the reviews have been positive puts it mildly. much praise. But if it’s doing so well already, why fix it if it’s not broken?
Keeping up with the Jonses is why. The segment the Evoque targets is dominated by Audi’s Q7 and BMW’s X5. If Land Rover is to go head-to-head with them, British magazine Autocar believes the answer will be a stretched out “Grand Evoque” to fill the void between the Evoque and more expensive Range Rovers.
Currently the Evoque’s wheelbase, or distance between the front and rear wheels, stands at 108.4 inches, 10 inches shorter than Audi’s Q7 and seven inches shorter than BMW’s X5. A potential Grand Evoque would be stretched out another 11 inches, leveling the playing field it and between Land Rover’s German competition. Half of the new length will be between the front and rear axles, while the remaining space will go to the rear overhang and hood evenly. This extra space opens the door for a third seating row, which both the Audi and BMW possess.
Power is expected to be drawn from your choice of a 1.8-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine capable of 170 horsepower or a diesel variant responsible for 133 horsepower, at least in Europe. Expect a U.S. version to have the same 2.0-liter engine the current Evoque has. If the Grand Evoque becomes a reality, expect the first ones to roll off the assembly line sometime in 2015.
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