After making its world debut last November, Range Rover Evoque has finally landed in the Philippines. 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 keyword. 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 LED headlamp clusters provide a more sophisticated front, which features sequential LED turn signals. Like the Velar, it now features retractable, flushed door handles, which add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic of the vehicle. The HSE R-Dynamic variants add 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 now made available for the first time in the Philippine market.
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. Both the SE and HSE R-Dynamic variants offer feature perforated leather seats, while the HSE R-Dynamic features a two-tone color scheme for the interior.
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, which is equipped in the HSE R-Dynamic variants, 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 an HD digital rear view mirror. A flick of the switch transforms the rearview 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 diesel produces 180 hp and 430 Nm of torque, while the turbo petrol features power figures from 249 hp and 365 Nm of torque. These two engines feature 4WD as standard, what a Land Rover should deservingly have. This new 4WD system features Terrain Response 2, which is now able to detect which surface you are in and adjusts the vehicle’s settings accordingly.
As mentioned, a mild hybrid powertrain is now offered, and 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.
In order to save fuel, the Range Rover Evoque with a mild hybrid powertrain 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.
The Range Rover Evoque is now on sale in the Philippines with the following prices.
SE 2.0 Diesel: P5,090,000
HSE R-Dynamic 2.0 Petrol/Diesel: P5,490,000/P5,590,000
HSE R-Dynamic 2.0 Petrol MHEV: P6,190,000