The Range Rover Evoque, despite the similar look to the older model, comes with loads of new features.
After seven and a half years of rolling out the same vehicle, Land Rover has made a comeback with the second-gen Range Rover Evoque. The previous Evoque was a game changer for the company and carved a space for itself in the urban SUV segment. The new Evoque, though it has the same silhouette, comes with a lot of changes. These changes are expected to allow the Evoque to stay true to the thoroughness of the urban SUV that the previous model ensured.
Despite the similar shape to the outgoing model, the new Range Rover Evoque looks significantly different. It incorporates certain elements from the Velar like the slim headlights and the narrow front-grille. The thin taillights design is also taken from the Velar. The rear overhang is also shorter. But it has maintained the same front air intakes from its predecessor.
The Evoque houses the company’s Ingenium 4-cylinder engine, in both petrol and diesel models. The power output of the petrol engines vary from 197-297 BHP while that of the diesel engines vary from 148-237 BHP. The entry-level diesel variant will have a manual gearbox in the international market but the rest of the range will use a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Land Rover has also revealed that the new architecture has been designed to incorporate the use of hybrid technology. The 2020 Evoque will be a plug-in hybrid which will use a 48-volt electrical architecture. This variant is said to employ a 3-cylinder, 197 BHP, 1.5-litre Ingenium engine and an electric driving motor. While the range during electric operation is still under question, CO2 emissions will be in line with European emission standards.
The interiors are more spacious, thanks to the longer wheelbase. The dashboard features an all-new steering wheel, a digital gauge cluster, widescreen infotainment display. Air conditioning and stereo functions are controlled from a second touchscreen display.
All-wheel drive and an updated version of the Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect maintain the Evoque’s off-road performance. The 2020 Evoque will also contain Terrain Response 2, a technology which automatically adjusts the vehicle’s setup by detecting the surface being driven over. It can also move through water at a height of 600 mm.
Another additional technology Land Rover has included this time, which they had reviewed in 2014, is the Ground View. This works by allowing a 180-degree view under the crossover on the upper touchscreen using camera imaging.
While only prices for the UK are out, the launch details for India is expected to be out next year.
2020 Range Rover Evoque
– Launched in UK, will be coming to India
– Similar design to the predecessor but packs tons of changes
– Plug-in hybrid variant to be launched in 2020