The Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport have turned out to be the British marquee’s most popular models across the globe. With both the cars due for an update in 2018, Land Rover has announced that the two compact-SUVs will now be offered with more powerful setups.
In late 2015, Jaguar-Land Rover introduced the new Ingenium series of engines to phase out the more-than-a-decade old powertrains across their line-up. The Ingenium series of engines are modular and turbocharged mills that can be built in three, four or six cylinder configurations with each cylinder displacing 500cc. The first set of 2.0-litre turbocharged engines were available in the 197bhp and 237bhp setups for the petrol and 148bhp and 177bhp setups for the diesel mill.
The MY2018 cars will get the 286bhp and 400Nm torque setup of the 2.0-litre petrol Ingenium engine while the diesel engine will pump out 237bhp of power and 340Nm of torque and will come mated to the existing nine-speed automatic transmission, a standard on all latest Land Rovers. The higher output will help the crossover SUVs to compete against the likes of Mercedes GLC, the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 along with the upcoming Volvo XC60.
We expect JLR to bring the new engine setups to India immediately after the global launch as the Discovery Sport and the Evoque have been the company’s bestsellers in the subcontinent as well.