Jaguar Land Rover launches new luxury SUV as per UK car industry

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Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover has launched a compact luxury SUV as per the commitment to the UK car industry.
Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover has launched a compact luxury SUV as per the commitment to the UK car industry.

New Delhi : The Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched a compact luxury SUV, designed, engineered and manufactured as per the commitment to the UK car industry.

The new Range Rover Evoque, dubbed a "baby" Range Rover, has its world debut in London on Thursday comes with a one-billion-pound investment to support its production.

The new SUV model by JLR is priced from around USD 41,000 and will hit the roads by 2019.

"Our commitment to UK production remains firm and the new Evoque benefits from a one-billion-pound investment. With this, we are introducing new technology and Range Rover refinement into the luxury compact SUV segment that the original model created," said JLR CEO Ralf Speth.

"The Range Rover Evoque has been a fundamental driver in Jaguar Land Rover's global success. Since it first rolled off the Halewood production line, we have exported 80 per cent of all we have made," he said.

The booking for new Range Rover Evoque has began this week and first deliveries  customers in the UK, Europe and the US will be made in the  first months of 2019.

Sources confirmed that over 4 billion pounds worth of contracts have been placed with UK companies to support production of the new Evoque. The one-billion-pound investment in the new Evoque covers research, development, design, advanced technology engineering and manufacturing.

The company confirms that the new Evoque joins the Range Rover family with a choice of petrol, diesel and hybrid electric engines, enabled by an all-new Premium Transverse Architecture.

As per official report, from 2020, every new Jaguar and Land Rover will have the option of electrification and, in a first for the compact luxury SUV segment, the Range Rover Evoque will be electrified with a 48-volt mild hybrid system from launch. It will also be available with a line-up of efficient four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines and, 12 months later, a three-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine.

"The new model's compact footprint, at just 4.37-metres-long, will make the new Range Rover Evoque the go-to luxury city SUV," JLR said.

"An entirely new architecture delivers Range Rover refinement, with agile on-road handling and world class off-road capability," it added.

"Enhancements to develop state-of-the-art flexible manufacturing for the new Evoque at Halewood, Merseyside, comprise a new stamping line and hybrid-electric assembly technology, alongside significant extensions and upgrades to existing facilities. Production overseas will meet local market demand for the latest addition to the Range Rover line-up," JLR said.