Despite the fact that Land Rover has gone out of its way to promote its new Evoque as an environmentally friendly alternative to its normal brand of behemoth globetrotting earth movers, Auto Express reports that the front-wheel drive (optional all-wheel drive, naturally) unibody Rover won't be getting a hybrid powertrain option.
Instead, Land Rover's global product director, John Edwards, suggests that any future electrically assisted powertrains will likely be featured in the larger Discovery (LR4 in the States) and in Range Rovers. Edwards points out that the Evoque was designed as a lightweight machine, where a small four-cylinder diesel engine can provide the kind of fuel mileage targeted for the model.
While it's certainly true that hybrid componentry adds complexity and weight, American and Japanese automakers have proven that it's possible to put the fuel-saving bits and pieces in smaller-sized vehicles. What's more, diesel vehicles aren't exactly commonplace on American roads or dealerships, leaving us to wonder if the U.S. market will be left out of the high-mpg loop once again.
[Source: Auto Express]