Jaguar Land Rover intends to produce the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander at its Changshu site in China, a source told Automotive News Europe. JLR recently announced that it will commence production at a plant operated by its joint venture with Chery Automobile late this year.
JLR, however, did not say which models will be produced at the site, which is located in Changshu, China. Local production is seen to help the carmaker increase its sales in China, where SUVs are currently very popular. In fact, sales of SUVs in China jumped 41 percent to 319,200 in May, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
The carmaker posted a 53-percent jump in sales in China to 10,880 vehicles in in May, and a 46-percent climb in the first five months of 2014, according to its own data. JLR’s Changshu site will have an initial annual production capacity of 130,000 units.
JLR is also planning to build an engine facility just next to the vehicle site to produce its new range of four-cylinder engines. The Changshu vehicle plant will produce vehicles for a Chery/JLR joint brand, which will be based on the British carmaker’s models.
The all-new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is inspired by the LRX concept car, which was widely acclaimed around the world for its thrilling reinterpretation of classic Range Rover design cues.
By combining smart design and meticulous engineering, Land Rover was able to transform the spirit of the LRX concept into reality without having to compromise the three core Range Rover values: interior luxury, refined performance and all-terrain capability.
According to Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director, the new Range Rover Evoque evolves Range Rover design by taking on new interpretations of classic Range Rover design cues while remaining faithful to the core Range Rover values. He remarked that the new Evoque adopts a dynamic profile and an athletic stance, as made possible by its dramatic rising beltline, a muscular shoulder, and a characteristic taper to the floating roofline.
As designed, the wheels of the new Range Rover Evoque are pushed to its four corners, thereby lending the vehicle a purposeful stance. Its wide wheel arches have been softly integrated into the body, while its sculpted corners help reduce the Evoque’s visual overhangs both on the front and rear.