SPIED: New Land Rover Evoque challenging Pikes Peak

Eagle-eyed Wheels24 reader Arrie Rossouw observed the lightly camouflaged Evoque Mk 2 undergoing altitude and traction at the legendary Pikes Peak.

Cape Town - Ahead of the introduction of the new Range Rover Velar in South Africa and the news that the 2018 Range Rover Sport will also be available as a plug-in hybrid model, the next-generation Range Rover Evoque was spotted testing at the legendary Pikes Peak in Colorado in the United States this week.

Eagle-eyed Wheels24 reader Arrie Rossouw observed the lightly camouflaged Evoque Mk 2 from Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) undergoing altitude and  traction tests at the 4302m peak.

Subtle changes

Pikes Peak, the highest mountain in the southern range of the Rockies, is renowned for its century-old hill climb event, also known as The Race to the Clouds, on a 20km route with 156 turns and a grading averaging 7.2%.

Image: Arrie Rossouw

From the pictures it is clear the distinctive rear of the Evoque has been left virtually unchanged, bar a new rear valance and flattened rear bumper, but by all accounts the disguised front end hides a new face resembling the lines of the Velar. 

Image: Arrie Rossouw

According to reports the new Evoque has a widened track and new rear chassis components, but the wheelbase is unchanged. The replacement Evoque model will incorporate JLR’s newest range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines and a plug-in hybrid version is also likely.

The current Evoque was launched in 2011 and received a facelift for the 2014 model year. The new Evoque is expected to only arrive in 2019, and yes, it will be earmarked for South Africa.

Image: Arrie Rossouw

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