The spy photographers we work with are fairly adept at figuring out what it is, exactly, they happen to be taking a picture of that day. So, when the shooters send notes along with their images, we don't often quibble too much with the conclusions that they've drawn.

Case in point is this new set of spied photographs, depicting what would appear to be a variant of the Range Rover Evoque. Our man on the ground tells us that, tipped off by the slightly disfigured area around the fuel filler and the misshapen wheel arches, the larger-than-normal Evoques seen here are actually test mules for the next iteration of the Land Rover LR2. With the development still in the very early stages, the new LR2 (known elsewhere as the Freelander) may not be ready for primetime until sometime in 2015.

That all certainly makes sense from the perspective of the current Land Rover/Range Rover lineup, still we can't help but at least wonder if there's a chance that what we're seeing is the embodiment of the rumored long-wheelbase Evoque? Smart money may still be on the revised LR2, but we'll keep watching to see what these testers really turn into.


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      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      While it could be a LWB Evoque, I think it's body proportions mean this is a LR2 mule. I studied the pictures and believe this mule is set up to provide room for a small third row seat. A LWB Evoque would be aimed at the Chinese market, which likes LWB versions of all sorts of vehicles so people can be driven to their destinations, and would need much longer rear doors to access the rear seat. The rear doors of this mule just don't look long enough for the Chinese market, which would probably be the only market where a LWB Evoque would be sold.
        RGT881
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmt_1
        I think LWB Evoque will happen for Chinese market. Their ridiculously high taxes on expensive luxury cars with lots of room result in manufacturers doing LWB versions of less expensive cars such as the BMW 3er.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Freelander's, oops sorry America...LR2's (damn marketing people) body language will be more in-line with RR and RRS with hints of Evoque, which is really a standalone unique model.
      AlBongo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I say Evoque as well. By the way, didn't we hear a while ago that Land Rover was going back to using the real name of Freelander instead of LR2 in North America?
      • 1 Year Ago
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      dollarbill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please also make room for the mechanic and tools in the back ..Otherwise flashy .. Looks nice at the shop on a hoist as we have seen many times . Rated one of the most unreliable cars , we know by experience as well. Thanks RR..
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      KILL IT WITH FIRE
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Likely the LWB Evoque.