Not just one, but two better versions!
Automakers will often sell the same vehicle with different engine options depending on the market. And the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a a great example. Available with an array of different powerplants outside the country, US shoppers can only order one powertrain: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder called the P250. This unit produces 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, yielding a seven-second 0-60 mph time.
While US buyers won't complain of a lack of power, the difference becomes jarring when compared to what's available in Europe. Along with other updates for the 2021 model year, the Evoque adds a new P300 HST trim level. This version still uses the same 2.0-liter engine found in the P250, but it now produces 296 hp resulting in a 6.5-second 0-60 mph time.
The 50 hp and a half-second 0-60 mph advantage are pretty significant, and it makes us wonder why the P300 drivetrain is not offered on the US-spec Evoque. The P300 HST adds other exterior niceties, including a Black Pack with a gloss black panoramic roof and 20-inch alloy wheels.
European shoppers who prefer a unique color scheme can opt for the Bronze Collection Special Edition (pictured below), which comes in three colors paired with a Corinthian Bronze contrast roof and Burnished Copper side vents.
Land Rover doesn't offer the Bronze Collection Special Edition with the potent P300 drivetrain, but it does offer a range of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options that are not available in the US. The P300e PHEV is the most intriguing, pairing a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with an electric motor, yielding outstanding fuel economy and up to 34 miles of electric driving range. An 80% charge takes around 90 minutes driving at 70 mph.
Land Rover has no plans to make the P300 or P300e drivetains available on the US-spec Range Rover Evoque, but we think both would make it a more compelling luxury option.