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LAND ROVER EVOQUE TO USE FORD ECOBOOST ENGINE?

PRODUCTION EVOQUE EVOQUE FOUR-DOOREVOQUE TWO-DOOR

By Mark Kleis

Land Rover took the wraps off of the production LRX at the Range Rover’s 40th birthday party in London, revealing to the world just how unique and modern the CUV will be – and also confirming the production name of Evoque.

What was missing at the time of the reveal, however, was confirmation about what type of drivetrain the Evoque would utilize. Leftlane has previously reported that the CUV was expected to receive some sort of smaller, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine – and now according to Auotcar, that may be precisely right.

Our source driving our speculation, Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director, with whom Leftlane recently had the pleasure of a one-on-one conversation with, suggested that despite the ties to the LR2, we can expect a unique and “highly efficient” drivetrain. Now, according to the new report, Land Rover is testing Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine which recently debuted on the 2011 Ford Edge, and soon after the 2011 Ford Explorer.

The engine is good for 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque in the Explorer, which is likely very close – if not identical to what the Evoque would come to market at should Land Rover decide to borrow Ford’s smallest production EcoBoost offering yet.

The Evoque made its world debut as a two-door coupe-crossover but, judging by some of ongoing spy shots, it would seem that both two- and four-door Evoque models will be part of the model plan.

According to Land Rover the Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced — although no official numbers were given. It was designed at the firm’s Gaydon facility and will be produced in Halewood. The Evoque is largely based on the Land Rover LR2, although powertrains are expected to be unique.

McGovern also previously stated the production version would be “true to the concept and have many recognizable Range Rover design cues,” which appears to have been an accurate statement. The Evoque is almost a dead ringer for the LRX concept.

Despite the Land Rover badge, the Evoque will be offered with optional front-wheel drive, providing an option for buyers that put a higher emphasis on fuel economy than all-out off-road ability.

The Land Rover Evoque will make its official debut at this fall’s Paris Motor Show, at which time all details are expected to be revealed.

The production LRX will go on sale in North America in fall 2011 under the Evoque nameplate.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/land-rover-evoque.html

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