Jaguar Land Rover plans massive overhaul

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The hugely successful Range Rover Evoque gets an all-new second-generation next year. Image: Newspress/Land Rover via AFP Relaxnews

Jaguar Land Rover is embarking on a big overhaul of its entire range, which will see the line-up expanded by four new or returning nameplates by 2023, 99 new model variants introduced and every current model replaced by 2024.

This represents a massive program of investment for Jaguar Land Rover and exciting times ahead for the British automaker. The first of this extensive batch of new models for a new JLR era to hit showrooms will be the all-new second-generation Range Rover Evoque. A redesign of an incredibly popular model for JLR, it will usher in a highly economical plug-in hybrid with carbon dioxide emissions as low as 45 grams per kilometer.

Next upwill be the I-Pace electric SUV, an all-new version of the out-of-production Defender, an ultra-luxurious Jaguar J-Pace SUV and a new Range Rover ‘Allroad’ EV designed with on-road capability in mind rather than off-road capability.

Although the new Evoque will use a heavily modified version of the vehicle’s current steel platform, it won’t be long until all new JLR models will be based on versions of the same aluminium MLA (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) platform. This rear- and all-wheel-drive architecture will mean JLR will have the flexibility to offer new models with petrol, diesel mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure battery electric powertrains.

JLR isn’t looking to give up on diesel anytime soon, even though sales of diesels in general have been falling across Europe for the last year. The company will be addressing the issue of diesel pollution with a new generation of Ingenium diesel engines.

These will be able to convert up to 98 percent of NOx emissions into harmless gases, and will be cleaner than even the new pollution regulations require. Every new model will get one of three base Ingenium engines, which will include a new three-cylinder unit and a new straight six.

The first new MLA model will be the long-awaited new Defender; but as Defender devotees still consider the original Land Rover it replaces as peerless, it’ll have its work cut out to win them over. JB

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