New Range Rover Evoque with 300 horsepower in the making

2012 Range Rover Evoque crossover

The new Ranger Rover Evoque pitched as a compact crossover with a fuel efficiency that is intended to hit the 40-mpg mark, but there are some folks who wanted a more powerful version of this agile crossover.

Currently, the Range Rover Evoque is equipped with a 2.0-liter Si4 four-cylinder engine (aka 2.0L Ford EcoBoost) producing 240 horsepower, but that is about to change. Word has it that Land Rover engineers are pushing the 2.0-liter engine to 300 horsepower to satisfy the a range of power hungry customers. The engine will feature a higher-boost turbo to help increase the horsepower.

The 300-hp 2.0-liter Si4 four-cylinder engine is still in testing, and whether or not it reach the production stage still has to be decided by the Evoque’s program director David Mitchell.

More horsepower means more fuel consumption, which seems to go against the grain of Range Rover Evoque’s theme. But if Lang Rover engineers can push out 60 more horsepower without reducing too much of the fuel efficiency, then we think that this may happen. If not, this is going to be the last time that we are going to hear of the 300-hp four-cylinder engine.

The current prices for 2012 Range Rover Evoque for the 5-door version start at $43,995 and $44,995 for the Range Rover Evoque coupe. So how much will the 300-hp Range Rover Evoque cost? We expect to add another $6,000 on top of the starting prices.