Jaguar-Land Rover mulling Range Rover Evoque crosssover assembly in India

      

The Range Rover Evoque crossover has been one of Land Rover’s biggest successes in recent years with the Evoque managing to clock over 100,000 units in sales across the world. The ever growing demand for the Evoque meant that Land Rover had to run its manufacturing plant at Halewood at full capacity, even adding a shift in the process. Big demand for the Evoque even resulted in Land Rover hiring a large number of new workers to build the crossover, a far cry from the layoffs the automaker was forced to effect when things didn’t look as rosy as now, half a decade ago.

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Range Rover Evoque 5 Door Crossover SUV

In India, the Evoque was launched last year, and the initial 50 units that were ear marked for the country got lapped up even before the first customer deliveries could happen in the country. Ever since, the Evoque has been selling well for Land Rover in India. Waiting periods are now minimal given that the Evoque’s production has been boosted. The Evoque that is sold in India is brought into the country through the completely built unit(CBU) route. This has meant that the Evoque, which is comparable in size to the likes of the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, is priced much higher than both these models.

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Range Rover Evoque 5 Door Crossover SUV Profile

This could change in the future as Land Rover is said to be contemplating CKD assembly of the Evoque in India. Once CKD assembly begins, expect the price of the Evoque to go down by at least 30%, making the crossover much more competitive in terms of pricing. Currently, the only model that Land Rover assembles in India is the Freelander2 SUV. On the other hand, Jaguar has already begun assembling the 3 Liter diesel engined XF luxury sedan in India, with the 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engined version to be the next model to be assembled in India.

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Range Rover Evoque 5 Door Crossover SUV Rear

The Range Rover Evoque crossover that is sold in India comes with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The turbo petrol engine is a 2 Liter unit that is good for 240 Bhp and 420 Nm of peak torque while the 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engine churns out 190 Bhp of peak power and 420 Nm of peak torque. Both these engines are mated to 6 speed automatic transmissions and come with an all wheel drive mode as standard. The Evoque that is sold in India comes in 3 door and 5 door versions, and is sold through all Jaguar-Land Rover dealerships in the country.

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