When we say China, the first thing you’ll think about are the extended China exclusives. Okay, probably not, but the Chinese market does have a certain weird affinity with the long-wheelbase models, and it’s now the turn of the Range Rover Evoque to get the stretch.
The long-wheelbase Range Rover Evoque, called Evoque L, is 160 mm longer than the standard-spec model. But despite its extended length, they did not fit another row of seats into the SUV. It’s still a five-seater, though the rear passengers can now enjoy an additional 125 mm of legroom.
The new Range Rover Evoque L will be available in three new colours: Belvia Green with Narvik Black roof, Seoul Pearl Silver with Rossello Red roof, and Santorini Black with a Seoul Pearl Silver roof. And just in case you didn’t notice the longer rear doors, there’s also an ‘L’ badge on the C-pillar to tell you that it’s a long-wheelbase Evoque.
As standard, the Range Rover Evoque L in China comes with the R-Dynamic trim, which includes sportier bumpers, along with the 20-inch machined alloy wheels.
Inside, the new Range Rover Evoque L gains an upgraded dual-10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the marque’s new InControl OS 2.0 operating system, along with a large panoramic sunroof. The rear seats, along with the increased legroom, can also be electrically reclined to up to seven degrees backwards.
Otherwise, the long-wheelbase Range Rover Evoque is pretty much identical to the standard-wheelbase car that it replaces.
The long-wheelbase Range Rover Evoque starts at 430,000 yuan (~RM279k), which is understandably 55,000 yuan (~RM36k) more than the outgoing standard-wheelbase model.
Customers can also pair their new car to Land Rover’s new wrist-worn smart key bracelet, which allows the doors to unlock automatically when in close proximity, alongside functioning as a watch with its OLED touchscreen.
There are no indications that the long-wheelbase Range Rover Evoque will be sold outside of China for the time being, but seeing how BMW has started expanding their LWB line-up to other countries and finding success, it’s perhaps not long until other carmakers follow suit too.