Land Rover has unveiled a new second-generation Range Rover Evoque. Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, with global sales of over 772,096 (20 per cent sold in the UK) and more than 217 international awards, the new Range Rover Evoque is an evolution of the original.
Rawdon Glover, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK said: “The Range Rover Evoque has been a phenomenal UK success over the past seven years. It’s proven very popular with customers from a broad range of segments with more than 60% of them being new to the Land Rover marque.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “When Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs and the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey. This characterful vehicle combines refinement and fun to create that all important emotional reaction that will turn heads and make people smile.”
The footprint of the new car is almost identical to that of its predecessor, yet built on Land Rover’s new mixed-material Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider, with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.
The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery. At speeds below 11mph (17km/h), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption..
Available across the range (when specified with automatic gearbox) of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the mild hybrid delivers CO2 emissions from as low as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4mpg (based on the new NEDC Equivalent WLTP test procedure). If the customer chooses the 48 bhp diesel engine with front wheel drive, Evoque emits 143g/km. A more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range next year.
The new Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on full-size Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).
The Range Rover command driving position is now combined with a ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.
The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first in the world to feature Ground View technology, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This is useful when negotiating difficult parking spaces, navigating high city centre kerbs or tackling rough terrain and is the realisation of the Transparent Bonnet technology previewed by Land Rover in 2014.
Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Underneath the skin is an engineering and technical revolution. The architecture is all-new to accommodate both plug-in and mild hybrid systems, with only the door hinges remaining unchanged on the body. The chassis has been significantly reworked to make the most of the stiffer body, ensuring the characteristic ride comfort and refinement of a Range Rover.
“Evoque is now smarter than ever. The software that sits behind the infotainment system has been refined to provide a more intuitive customer experience. On top of that we’ve added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration.”
The new Evoque is the first Land Rover with Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preference. In addition to seat position, music and climate settings, Evoque can also control steering column preferences to maximise comfort and convenience.
Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to the UK car industry continues following a £1 billion investment to support its creation and delivery. This includes £110 million into the company’s UK manufacturing plant in Halewood, Merseyside, to develop the state-of-the-art flexible manufacturing facility.
|UK PRICING ‘From’|
|D150 150HP DIESEL FWD MANUAL||£31,600.00|
|D150 150HP DIESEL AWD AUTOMATIC||£35,100.00|
|D180 180HP DIESEL AWD AUTOMATIC||£35,850.00|
|D240 240HP DIESEL AWD AUTOMATIC||£38,600.00|
|P200 200HP PETROL AWD AUTOMATIC||£35,950.00|
|P250 249HP PETROL AWD AUTOMATIC||£37,150.00|
|P300 300HP PETROL AWD AUTOMATIC||£40,350.00|
|Prices based on standard Evoque models OTR|
|UK FIRST EDITION PRICING ‘From’|
|D180 180HP DIESEL AWD AUTOMATIC||£49,550.00|
|P250 249HP PETROL AWD AUTOMATIC||£50,400.00|
Prices based on ‘First edition’ spec OTR