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The weekly magazine that brings all the news and reviews for all the UK's Cars

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3 min.
jlr designers and engineers show they can deliver

ANOTHER tough news week for Jaguar Land Rover, then, as the British company posted a quarterly loss of £273million compounded (and then some) by write-downs on the value of various investments. The total figure in the red, for just the last three months of 2018, was a staggering £3.4billion. And yet there should be hope. As you’ll read from our early ride impressions of the all-new Evoque on Page 8, JLR can still produce great cars. The second generation of the genre-making small SUV is more like a true baby Range Rover than its predecessor ever was. It does also feel, though, like a vehicle that will sit in parallel with where the customer and legislative trends are going, instead of being bang on message. Because while there’s mild-hybrid tech across the…

7 min.
on the road in ‘more range rover’ evoque

● Mild-hybrid tech at launch; PHEV due to follow in 2020 ● Choice of three petrol and three diesel engine options John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk @johnmcilroy THE new Range Rover Evoque is one of the most important cars in the history of Jaguar Land Rover, replacing the smash-hit original version at a crucial time for the company’s bank balance. And while the official launch isn’t until the spring, Auto Express has been given an introduction to the new model on UK roads by Land Rover’s chief development driver, Mike Cross. The all-new Evoque lives up to that billing because while its chassis is, in theory, related to the D8 platform that underpinned the first-generation car, it has gone through major changes to allow for electrification. All automatic-transmission Evoques (in effect, everything but the entry-level model) will have 48V mild-hybrid…

2 min.
and ice drive shows evoque lives up to off-road legend

IT’S-32 degrees Celsius outside, a dazzling yellow sun is clinging to the horizon and, dancing across Arjeplog’s vast frozen, snow-blanketed lake in sweden, Land Rover’s new Evoque is doing things that frankly beggar belief. At least it is in the hands of Carl Richards, principal engineer responsible for the stability controls of the Jaguar Land Rover group’s more space-efficient ‘mixed material’ Premium transverse Architecture platform that underpins the Evoque. It’s his 21st winter in the frozen north. All Mk2 Evoques are powered at the car’s launch by JLR’s 2.0-litre Ingenium engines, in both diesel and petrol guises. We’re in the all-wheel-drive 296bhp turbo petrol range-topper with nine-speed ZF auto box, a car capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 150mph. What’s even more remarkable…

3 min.
506bhp x3m and x4m take the fight to glc 63

● SUVs get most potent straight six in M car ● Chassis tweaks, styling upgrades, too THE performance SUV sector is set for a battle royal later this year when BMW launches its first X3M to go head to head with the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and 63 S, plus Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Joining the new X3 line-up that was launched last year, the X3M – which will be accompanied by the mechanically identical X4M – will be powered by an all-new, twin-turbocharged straight-six engine, the most powerful of its kind fitted to a BMW M car. This new 3.0-litre motor will be offered in two states of tune: an entry-level 476bhp model and a 506bhp example badged Competition. But the latter will be the only derivative BMW will sell in the UK. Torque…

1 min.
inext electric suv out in the cold for winter test

ELSEWHERE at BMW, the firm has given us our first look at its radical new electric SUV. Previewed by the iNEXT concept, the model will showcase the most advanced level of autonomous and battery technology. Still several years away from production – it’s not due to arrive until 2021 – the newcomer will sit above the forthcoming iX3 in the range, with the manufacturer having applied to trademark every badge from iX1 to iX9 for its future line-up of electric SUVs. BMW says the purpose of the winter excursion is to test the limits of the iNEXT’s all-wheel-drive system, as well as find out how cold weather affects the efficiency of its electric motor and battery pack, which is expected to be a 120kWh unit delivering a range of 435 miles. Despite the…

1 min.
3 series estate plugs in to electrification vision

Next 3 Series Touring set to get a plug-in hybrid option BMW will also expand its family of plug-in hybrid cars by launching a PHEV 3 Series Touring for the first time as part of the upcoming next generation, Auto Express can reveal. Bosses told us it is BMW’s desire for electrification to become “the norm”. As a result the firm will remove all hybrid-specific styling cues from its electrified cars this year; iPerformance badges will be dropped, while subtle blue accents will be replaced with body-coloured trim. The 330e Touring will be fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 182bhp, linked to a 67bhp electric motor. We expect economy figures to be similar to those of the 330e saloon, at around 138mpg, with CO2 emissions of 39g/km.…