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We Hear: New Three-Row Range Rover Evoque Plus in the Works

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/10/2015 Erick Ayapana

Apparently a convertible isn’t the only variant coming to the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque lineup. In an effort to bridge the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, a report suggests the automaker is working on a stretched version of the Evoque, with enough room for three rows of seats.

The report comes from Autocar ¸ and the publication claims that test mules of the new model, referred to as “Evoque Plus,” have already been spotted in the U.K. Those wanting a seven-passenger Land Rover must currently opt for the LR4 or the new Discovery Sport.

Instead of riding on the current Evoque's LR2-derived architecture, the Evoque Plus would be underpinned by the same aluminum platform as the upcoming Jaguar XE sedan and F-Pace crossover and would likely be produced on the same assembly line as those two models. Power would come from the same turbocharged inline-four engines offered in the current Evoque -- a 2.0-liter gas engine that makes 240 hp and a 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel that’s offered in Europe and is expected to eventually arrive in the U.S.

Additionally, the report suggests the Evoque Plus could be the recipient of an all-electric powertrain with a range of about 300 miles, which would make it a direct competitor to the upcoming Tesla Model X crossover. Last month, Jaguar Land Rover made a big commitment to green vehicles by announcing a multi-million-pound investment in its Whitley facility. The company plans to double the facility’s size for an engineering and design center dedicated to “ultra-low emission vehicles.”

Land Rover’s decision to expand the Evoque lineup makes sense considering the model’s sales. A utocar reports that the automaker initially planned to sell 35,000 Evoques annually, but has since surpassed that sales target. Land Rover could potentially sell the Evoque Plus at a rate of 50,000 units per year.

Source: Autocar

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