JLR Looks to PHEV Just as Market Shrinks

Industry insiders suggest Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will offer a PHEV version of its Range Rover Evoque next year despite a sudden slump in demand for plug-ins.

It is also rumored the carmaker will not be offering a full BEV version of its popular compact SUV until 2025, Autocar reports. An EV Evoque isn’t currently possible owing to the car’s platform, meaning the third-generation of the car would need to be re-engineered. With the second-generation Evoque launching just months ago, housing a mild hybrid powertrain, the third-generation, with a possible electric version, will not hit the market before the mid-2020s. A PHEV model will, however, be introduced, with the success of the PHEV models of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport contributing to this decision. The car will probably be powered by a three-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol engine generating 197bhp, paired with a 107bhp electric motor.

However, JLR is jumping into PHEV just as the UK market could be on the slide, with sales down -34.4% in April and -20.4% year-to-date. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has speculated this could be down to the removal of government EV grants from plug-ins making them uncompetitive against the alternatives. BEVs, however, experienced a strong uptick in sales, from 929 to 1,517 units, although this still constitutes only 0.9% of the market.

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