The Range Rover Evoque is getting a big change
An all-new nameplate is on the horizon too
If you had a notion that electrification can only propel soft, tarmac-only vehicles, the all-electric Rivian R1T and the Hummer EV rammed through those presumptions and buried the remains in the sand. Naturally, the auto industry’s off-road specialists also had to follow suit someday, and they will.
While presenting an investor pitch recently, Tata-owned British carmaker Land Rover announced that the next generation of the Evoque and the Discovery Sport would either be hybrids or fully-electric. The smaller models of the brand’s line-up will see no further solely-fossil-fuel-powered power plants or mild-hybrid variants in the future.
These plans constitute Land Rover’s Reimagine business strategy, set to unfold in the forthcoming years. This strategy shall witness six all-electric vehicles’ launch over the next five years, with the first product slated to arrive as early as 2024.
Come 2024 and Land Rover will be introducing an all-new Electrified Modular Architecture (EMA) platform, which would cater to battery-powered EVs only. The next-generation Discovery Sport and Evoque will probably get developed under this platform, hence rendering their future drivetrain plans already. But that’s not the only future-proof platform cooked up by the SUV producer.
Another platform named, the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) is being readied for a launch next year or 2023 if stretched. This shall comprise underpinning hybrid vehicles initially while withholding full-EV capabilities for a future time too. It is also being reported that flagship models such as the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport will utilise this platform.
As the EMA platform will mostly be used for the more affordable models, catering to the urban setup, Land Rover is providing a slew of scenario-specific advantages. For instance, the battery pack sits beneath the floor, allowing a flat floorboard and more cabin space. The new electric motors, slated to get used in tandem, are expected to be the most torque-centric units in its class while also boasting 800V technology, previously seen only in the Porsche Taycan sport sedan. Additionally, Land Rover aims for the EMA to be energy-efficient as it shall extract up to 4.5 miles per kWh.
That leaves the Velar and the Defender with vague future plans. Though reports suggest, the former urban SUV is most likely to land under the EMA platform group, and the latter is said to enjoy major expansion by way of two new model line-ups. One could constitute the pickup truck body, the firm has been teasing about. The word on the second model remains scarce. Though, an all-new EV nameplate by Land Rover is set to get launched in the next five years, so that should suffice for now.
Moreover, the Jaguar Land Rover conglomerate aims to possess 60 per cent global sales in EVs, 10 per cent in plug-in hybrids and the remaining 30 as mild hybrids by 2030. Add six years to that timeline, and the carmaker wishes to retail only zero-emission vehicles globally.