• Sep 11, 2010
Land Rover Evoque – Click above for high-res image

Tata Motors has reportedly planned an extreme makeover for its Land Rover luxury SUV brand. The makeover begins with the development of smaller vehicles, continues with a switch to a lightweight aluminum platform and ends with a splash of hybrid power. Tata Motors' six-year plan will focus on making the Land Rover name synonymous with efficiency. The upcoming Range Rover will ditch its current BMW-based platform for a purpose-built unit developed by Tata and the 2012 Range Rover Sport will utilize a substantial amount of aluminum to reduce overall vehicle weight.

Range Rover's soon-to-debut two-door Evoque characterizes the company's focus on offering smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVs. The Evoque will debut at this year's Paris Motor Show and reports suggest that this compact SUV could make use of Ford's 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Ecoboost engine. In addition to an ultra-efficient mill, the Evoque will reportedly feature a hybrid powertrain at some point during its model cycle. Tata Motors is said to be planning additional hybrid models for the Land Rover brand, but the company told Green Car Advisor that it, "won't comment further on potential hybrid plans." Tata Motors six-year plan calls for dramatic changes to its Land Rover brand, but when faced with stringent European emissions standards and tough U.S. fuel economy guidelines, it's a shift that had to be made.

[Source: Green Car Advisor]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      as much as I loathe such vehicles for the thoughtlessnes they represent, I do understand the appeal of looking like you are in a low brow movie on a mission of great importance. and it is actually possible to make such a high riding bulk appearence vehicle that uses very little energy. not as little as a more rational size but still tens of times more efficient than that particular hog.

      should we ever get to a place of sanity in car engineering where most cars are light and aerodynamic I would not be opposed to making a lean large vehicle too. we might well see BMW make a faint attempt along those lines with their new carbon fiber direction although it is a given that their design will fall quite short of optimal. but could still be informative.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dan,

      speacking of thoughlessness I can see that you have no idea about what you are talking about ... what is the mileage of a LR2 compared to any other non hybrid compact SUV ? You may be suprised to find that it is at the top of the class ...

      As usual a knee-jerk response in support of the "SUV is evil" meme ... you global warming deniers (denying that the earth is now cooling) are in for a rude awakening when your house of cards comes tumbling down ...
      Parad E. Makewater
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the new Kia Sportage. Not that there's anything wrong with that.