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Land Rover previews next-gen Evoque

by Ronan Glon

The model will make its debut at the Los Angeles auto show.

The countdown has started. Land Rover will introduce the next-generation Range Rover Evoque in London next week, and the British firm kicked off the model's teaser campaign by installing wire sculptures in key (read: posh) locations across London.

If this sounds familiar, it's because Land Rover placed wire sculptures in nice parts of London shortly before it introduced the original Evoque in 2010. Then and now, the creations shed a little bit of insight into what the model looks like. We can tell it doesn't drastically change, it still looks like an Evoque, but the front end evolves in a more Velar-like direction.

Land Rover stopped making the two-door hardtop variant of the current-generation Evoque due to a drop in demand and it is not planning on bringing it back. The second-generation model will launch with four doors, but we'll likely see the two-door convertible return a little bit later in the production run. British magazine Autocar reports the sheet metal will hide a heavily updated version of the current car's D8 platform, which is itself a heavily updated evolution of Ford's EUCD platform found under a wide variety of cars ranging from the third-generation Mondeo to the LR2 to an array of Volvo models.

The Evoque will allegedly become Land Rover's first mild hybrid model. Autocar learned the technology will consist of a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 48-volt electrical system. Non-hybrid gasoline- and diesel-powered models will return. Front-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost.

The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque will make its debut in London as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on November 22nd. We'll wait until we see it in the metal at the 2018 Los Angeles show to tell whether or not it's an SUV we're thankful for.