The highly successful Range Rover Evoque is set to get a larger variant called Evoque XL, according to Autocar UK, citing a report by analysts at Bernstein Research. Expected to be launched in 2016, the new model, codenamed L560, will slot in between the current Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.
The report adds that Evoque XL will share the same aluminium platform with a new family of compact Jaguar models. All will be made in the same new facility that is currently being built at Solihull. The Bernstein report suggest that the Evoque XL could achieve sales of up to 80,000 units per year, and could become the most profitable model of the five body styles (four Jags and Evoque XL) planned for this new platform.
The lightweight aluminium underpinnings, combined with the new ‘Hotfire’ four-cylinder family of engines currently being developed by JLR, should combine to make the L560 Range Rover’s most economical model. With the Evoque XL onboard, Range Rover will have a full house for the medium term, starting from the Evoque to a long-wheelbase Range Rover that is coming soon.