Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Spied: 2014 Range Rover Evoque LWB

The Range Rover Evoque range is expanding, quite literally. These are the very first spy pictures of an extended-wheelbase Evoque, which was spotted fully camouflaged on the road near the company’s HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

As you can just about make out in the pictures, the new car is identical to the existing five-door model from the rear door handles forward. The changes come right at the back, where a longer rear overhang and extended roof line will help to free-up more boot space and rear legroom. A seven-seater layout is not expected to be an option.

Based on a stretched version of the Evoque’s platform - which is itself a development of the Freelander’s underpinnings - the Evoque LWB is expected to go on sale before the end of 2013, costing a few thousand pounds more than the five-door Evoque. But it’s just the beginning for Land Rover’s plans for the Evoque badge, and its model range as a whole.

As previewed by a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March, an Evoque Cabriolet is under development and is expected to arrive in 2014. Land Rover has hinted that further down the line, a smaller, even more car-like Range Rover wearing the Evoque badge is also being considered.

Land Rover predicts the global SUV market will be worth 20 million units by 2020, and it's ready to execute a bold expansion plan to take an even larger slice than it has at the moment. It plans to grow its range to around 16 separate models over the next eight years, including three Range Rover models, three Evoques, two Discoverys, three Freelanders and as many as five versions of the new Defender, which is due in 2015. For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express

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