China – Locally made Range Rover Evoque spotted
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At this year’s Guangzhou Auto Show, Land Rover is all set to announce a Chinese-built version of the Range Rover Evoque that is manufactured at a newly set up plant managed by the Chery-JLR joint venture.
A couple of years ago, Land Rover had announced plans to manufacture the compact Range Rover Evoque in China exclusively for the local market, to enable competitive pricing and hence attract more buyers.
Since then, Jaguar Land Rover have tied up with Chinese car manufacturer Chery to set up an assembly plant in the city of Changshu in Jiangsu Province. The plant will manufacture the 5-door version of the Evoque, the Freelander 2, and the long-wheelbase-version of the Jaguar XF that is exclusive for the Chinese market. Land Rover will however import the three-door version of the Evoque as the demand is weak
The Range Rover Evoque will only be offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 237 PS, and is mated to a 9-speed gearbox. It will feature Land Rover’s Terrain Response System as well as full-time four wheel drive system as optional features.
Prices for the Chinese-built version starts is expected to start at 400,000 yuan (INR 40.14 lakhs) for the Pure variant and end at around 550,000 yuan (INR 55.2 lakhs) for the Dynamic variant. Comparatively, it is much cheaper than the imported model and will help Land Rover push larger volumes. Expect its launch to take place towards the end of this year.
China-made Range Rover Evoque spotted – Spyshot Gallery
[Spy images from Auto Sohu]