But the convertible model will still live on.
It came as little surprise last year when Land Rover announced it was axing the three-door Range Rover Evoque for the 2018 model year. The discontinuation only affected the US model at the time, but now the British automaker has confirmed to Autocar the three-door Evoque is being killed off entirely next year due to slow sales. According to the publication, sources suggest the more popular five-door model accounts for 95 percent of Evoque sales. Somewhat surprisingly, however, the convertible model will live on.
“From the 2019 model year, Land Rover has rationalized its Range Rover Evoque bodystyle offering to concentrate on the five-door model and convertible, which account for the majority of sales,” a Land Rover spokes person said. Land Rover is currently working on a new next-generation Evoque, but the company’s decision to remove the three-door version from its lineup worldwide suggests the bodystyle won’t be returning. Spy shots have shown the next-generation Evoque’s styling will take its cues from the Velar, with an updated front fascia, slender grille and restyled headlights. It will also have a longer wheelbase and ride on a modified version of Land Rover’s D8 platform for a more spacious cabin.
Entry-level versions of the Evoque will feature a front-wheel-drive layout, while AWD will be included as standard in the more expensive trims. As for powertrains, the new Evoque will reportedly arrive with a range of Ingenium four-cylinder engine options including 237 hp and 296 hp gasoline units. A plug-in hybrid version will also allegedly be added to the lineup for the first time combining a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. Rumors suggest it will possibly debut this October at the Paris Motor Show.