It’s been seven years since the stylish entry-level SUV from the Range Rover line-up has been unveiled, and now, an all-new model has made its debut. The second generation Range Rover Evoque builds on the stylish design and dynamic presence that its predecessor has been known for, along with the luxury and capability that you expect from a Range Rover product.
Why mess with success? That is the theme for the Range Rover’s design evolution, and indeed evolution is the key word. Rather than radically changing the formula, designers have carefully made minor changes to its proportions and shapes to create an Evoque that looks even more beautiful and stylish. The new super-slim Matrix LED headlamps provide a more sophisticated front. Like the Velar, its retractable, flushed door handles add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic of the vehicle, while sweeping turn signal directional indicators give the Evoque a very dynamic light signature. Additionally, an optional R-Dynamic variant adds burnished copper accents to the exterior of the Evoque.
Underneath that stylish new body is an evolution of the Jaguar Land Rover group’s D8 platform. While not all-new, this heavily revised platform has been developed for more interior space, as well as for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered a year later.
Likewise, the interior is also a careful evolution of the outgoing model’s design. As such, the changes made have been refinements to what is already a very stylish interior design. Land Rover’s TouchPro Duo infotainment system is now utilized in the Evoque’s interior, decluttering the interior from buttons and switches, giving it a minimalist design approach. Its designers also used textiles that are based from recycled plastics, which are offered as premium alternatives to leather. These include materials such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Dinamica® suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics™ options.
There are a few interesting new technologies making its debut in the Range Rover Evoque. The main highlight of these is the Ground View Technology, wherein a camera projects an image into the infotainment screen of what’s in front of the hood. This effectively eliminates the blind spot caused by the hood when off-roading. Additionally, the Evoque features a HD digital rear view mirror. A flick of the switch transforms the rear view mirror into a high definition projection of the rear, which is handy when the view from the mirror is obstructed by objects or rear passengers.
The new Range Rover Evoque is powered by a line-up of Ingenium 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines from its predecessor. The 2.0-liter turbo diesels feature horsepower ranges from 148 hp to 237 hp, while the turbo petrol features power figures from 237 hp to 296 hp.
The aforementioned 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 17 kph, 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. A plug-in hybrid system with a three-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine will be released a year from now.
In order to save fuel, the Range Rover Evoque utilizes a new generation of its Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect, letting the car drive in 2WD when the situation does not need all four wheels to be powered by the engine. Being a Range Rover, it is expected for it to posses the off-road capability expected from such a product. As such, the new Evoque is equipped with Terrain Response 2, which is now able to detect which surface you are in and adjusts the vehicle’s settings accordingly.