THE RANGE Rover Evoque has been a huge hit for Land Rover, so there’s a lot riding on this second-generation version. Unsurprisingly, the car maker says its new Evoque will be more advanced, luxurious and sophisticated than its predecessor… let’s look at what we can expect.
What is the Range Rover Evoque?
The Range Rover Evoque is the smallest car that Land Rover makes. Although a high-end small SUV was a bit of a novelty when the original car launched in 2011, the new one will be one of many on the market when it arrives on UK roads next year.
The new car is expected to be a strong seller; over 154,000 examples of the outgoing car have found homes to date.
Though the 2019 Range Rover Evoque’s exterior styling is an evolution of the current car’s, Land Rover claims a plethora of changes have been made under the skin. As well as boasting a more opulent and spacious interior, the Evoque sits on a brand new platform, which Land Rover says has been designed with the company’s “electrified” (hybrid) powertrains in mind.
What engines will the Range Rover Evoque come with?
From launch there will be three petrol-electric hybrids and three diesel-electric mild hybrids. There will also be one non-hybrid: a 148bhp diesel, in front-wheel drive only and with a manual gearbox.
The petrol hybrids come with 197bhp, 247bhp or 296bhp and the diesel hybrids will be available in 148bhp, 178bhp and 237bhp guises. All of the hybrids come with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Land Rover’s mild hybrid system will use the electric motor to assist the engines during acceleration, to reduce fuel consumption. At speeds below 11mph (17km/h), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. Unlike some other hybrids, it will impossible to drive on electric power alone.
Land Rover says a plug-in hybrid system should arrive around 12 months after the mild-hybrid’s launch. Full tech specs will be revealed at a later date, though it has been confirmed the plug-in system will feature a three-cylinder petrol engine.
What tech does the Range Rover Evoque have?
It may be the entry point in the Land Rover portfolio, but the Range Rover Evoque will be available with a lot of high-end equipment. All cars will be available with eight-way adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and a 10in touchscreen infotainment system, as well as driver aids such as a lane keep assist and front and rear parking sensors.
Land Rover is using the Range Rover Evoque to debut some of its latest tech innovations, too. The “ClearSight” tool can superimpose a video feed from a rear-facing camera if the driver’s view out the back window is obstructed, and a “Transparent Bonnet” system shows the position of the front wheels in relation to obstacles in the road, aiding movement through tight gaps or over obstructions, via the 10-inch touchscreen.
Being a Land Rover, the Evoque will also come with a suite of off-road driver modes and aids as part of the car’s Terrain Response system. Only the automatic Range Rover Evoques will come with tools such as Hill Descent Control
How much will the Range Rover Evoque cost?
Prices for the Range Rover Evoque will start from £31,600 for the entry-level 148bhp diesel, and rise to upwards of £40,350 for a 296bhp petrol car in the range-topping HSE trim.
The 178bhp diesel and 247bhp petrol models are also available in an exclusive “First Edition” trim, which will set buyers back £49,550 and £50,400 respectively.
Orders are now being accepted for the Range Rover Evoque, though Land Rover has yet to confirm when deliveries will commence. It’s expected that customers will receive the keys to their brand new second-generation Evoque before spring 2019.
What are the Range Rover Evoque’s rivals?
The Evoque will have plenty of foes to face when it arrives on UK roads next year, with its myriad rivals including the BMW X2, the Audi Q2 and the Volvo XC40. The Land Rover will also face some competition from its sister company, courtesy of the Jaguar E-Pace SUV.