The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is the best-selling SUV of the British carmaker in India. The company launched the SUV way back in 2010. Initially, JLR offered both petrol and diesel engine options with the Evoque but lately, the company discontinued the petrol variants because of its low popularity in the market.
The petrol-powered Evoque makes a comeback in India after few years of absence from the market. The petrol Evoque is priced at Rs. 53.20 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The car is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum of 236 BHP and 340 Nm of maximum torque. The power is distributed to all the wheels through 9-speed automatic transmission. The same engine is also available for the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The petrol engine will be available with only trim, the SE while the Discovery Sport also gets the petrol engine in the top-of-the-line variant, HSE.
Speaking at the launch of the petrol powered Evoque, Rohit Suri, President, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd, said: “We are excited to introduce the 2017 Model Year New Range Rover Evoque with a 2.0 l petrol derivative. The addition of the 2.0 l petrol derivative reinforces our commitment towards customers who aspire to drive this fabulous vehicle with a powerful petrol engine.”
The Indian market has been an enormous amount of influx of the petrol powered cars recently. This comes after the ban of diesel vehicles above 2,000cc engine capacity in the Delhi-NCR. The ban was lifted later, but the green tax on such vehicles was mandated instead. Prominent luxury car manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, have announced that they will launch more petrol powered vehicles in the future and all their current models will get a petrol variant.
Interestingly, Mahindra launched the Scorpio in hybrid avatar to tackle the ban. Other budget SUVs like Toyota Fortuner, Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio, Hyundai Creta have petrol powered variants in India.