And the same applies to the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

In different ways, vehicles like the Porsche Taycan and the upcoming Rivian R1T have shattered our expectations of what electrified powertrains can offer. In the case of the Taycan, what we have is performance on the level of bonafide supercars, while the tough R1T electric pickup showcases how durable fully electric vehicles can be, no matter how harsh the environment.

With this in mind, it was perhaps less of a surprise when Land Rover announced that the next-generation Evoque and Discovery Sport will be either hybrids or full battery-electrics, with no gas-only variants at all. The news came in a recent investor presentation by the brand.

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These plans form part of Land Rover’s Reimagine business strategy which will unfold over the next couple of years. It includes the launch of six pure electric models over the next five years, with the first one arriving in 2024. The next Discovery Sport and Evoque, two of Land Rover’s smaller models, will ride on the brand’s new ‘BEV Native’ Electrified Modular Architecture (EMA) platform, set for introduction in 2024.

Another new platform, the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) will underpin hybrid vehicles initially but will eventually offer full-EV capability; it will be introduced next year or in 2023. Models like the next Range Rover will utilize MLA. While the Discovery Sport already offers mild-hybrid tech, this will fall away, as will gasoline-only powertrains.

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EMA offers several advantages such as a battery pack situated beneath the floor, a design that increases interior space and allows for a flat floor. These new electric drive units are expected to be more torque-dense than any other competitor in the class and will boast 800-volt technology. Land Rovers using the EMA platform will be especially efficient, capable of up to 4.5 miles per kWh.

While electrification seems like a logical transition for Land Rover’s more road-biased models like the Discovery Sport and Evoque, it’ll be interesting to experience a future Defender or Range Rover out in the woods without a powerful V6 or V8 burbling away under the hood. By 2030, expect 60 percent of Jaguar Land Rover sales to be full electrics, and by 2039, the brand will be completely electric.

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