Range Rover is reportedly planning a new, larger Ranger Rover Evoque, nicknamed the Range Rover Grand Evoque. The idea of the new model has been kick-started by the continuing sales success of luxury SUVs such as the BMW X series vehicles and Audi Q models.
According to an Autocar report, Range Rover is looking to expand its operations to include more niche vehicles in its line-up. They will join the more traditional models in the future, however Land Rover sees newer niche vehicles as potentially more profitable for the company.
A larger Evoque model would sit in between the Range Rover Sport and the compact Evoque. Land Rover is said to be working on pushing the Range Rover Sport and Vogue even further up market, leaving a bigger gap in the range.
It's understood the new Grand Evoque will be built on the same LR-MS platform as the Evoque, only it will be around 300mm longer. This will lead to increased cabin space, particularly for rear-seat passengers. Third-row seating is also on the cards.
Styling-wise, the Grand Evoque will carry a similar theme to the Evoque, but it will possess a unique character thanks to various tweaks and revisions. Power is expected to come from a separate engine range which will be launched in the near future. A new 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine being developed by Jaguar Land Rover is a likely candidate.
The new Range Rover 'Grand Evoque' is set to be launched sometime in 2015. We'll keep you updated with more official details as they come.