No wonder Land Rover was coy with details at the launch of its baby Range Rover, the Evoque: there may be some surprises under the hood. There may be plans to offer Land Rover’s newest style leader with an EcoBoosted engine snagged from previous owner, Ford.
British magazine Autocar reports that, with the ink still drying on Ford’s sale of Land Rover to Tata, the British automaker may install a turbocharged engine in the upcoming baby Range Rover. The proposed engine is Ford’s EcoBoost 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which will also be fitted as an option on the uplevel 2011 Ford Explorer, and it will produce nearly 200 horsepower. Ford’s six-speed dual-clutch transmission is a likely match for the engine.
If indeed offered on the Evoque, the powertrain could debut at the Paris Motor Show next month when the Evoque makes its first public appearance. The introduction of the Evoque is a milestone for Land Rover, as it will offer front-wheel drive as an option for the first time. It’s expected to slot in between the LR2 and LR4 in terms of price, placing it comfortably among existing $45,000 sport-utes.
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