The redesigned 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has met with a very warm reception among the automotive press, collecting praise and rewards from most outlets, including this one.
Judging from our latest spy shots, the smallest Range Rover's success is about to lead to a slightly larger version being launched.
The spy shots show an Evoque prototype with longer rear doors designed to fill a stretched wheelbase.
There are two possibilities here. One is a new Evoque Long Wheelbase model, possibly with third-row seats, to be sold globally. The other is a stretched Evoque for the Chinese market, where even compact crossover SUVs have long-wheelbase options that offer up extra legroom in the second row.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Should it be sold worldwide, the long-wheelbase Evoque would help fill the—somewhat narrow—gap between the regular Evoque and Range Rover Velar. The regular Evoque measures 172.1 inches versus the Velar's 188.9 inches.
That might not be much of a gap but there is a significant difference when it comes to price. The 2020 Evoque starts at $43,645 versus the Velar's $57,325 base sticker.
Interestingly, rumors of a long-wheelbase Evoque go back almost a decade, when the previous-generation Evoque was first launched. We never got the long-wheelbase option but other body styles were added, like a three-door and convertible. Neither of those are currently available with the second-generation Evoque.
Look for the long-wheelbase Evoque to debut sometime this year. While it's unlikely to reach the United States, if sold here it would serve as an alternative to other compact crossovers with seven seats like Mercedes-Benz's GLB and the Volkswagen Tiguan.