Range Rover has introduced a new Evoque, which on the outside looks little changed from the current model, but rides on all-new architecture and reportedly sets new standards in refinement, capability and sustainability.
“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,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer. “This characterful vehicle combines refinement and fun to create that all important emotional reaction that will turn heads and make people smile.”
The look of the 2020 Evoque is evolved from the original’s instantly recognizable coupe-like silhouette, highlighted by the swept-back roofline, powerful haunches, rising window-line and low-profile headlights and taillights. The cues are enhanced in their respective ways — low-profile lights are even slimmer (and LED), flush door handles smoothen out the sides, and trim-accents are presented in burnished copper.
Dimensionally, little is changed, with the slight changes translating into improved interior room, most notably an increase of 20 mm in rear kneeroom, a 10% improvement in cargo volume (with increased dimensions, improving to between 591 and 1,383 litres) and increases in small item stowage (glove box and centre console cubby).
The minimalist interior is done up in sustainable premium materials, such as Kvadrat wool and Miko Dinamica suedecloth, and heavy on technology, with twin touchscreens, 16-way seat controls and cabin air ionization, among others.
Power comes from a 246-hp Ingenium 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which can be fitted with an integrated starter/generator motor to aid acceleration and improve fuel-economy. Regeneration stores electricity in an under-floor battery. Under braking, the engine shuts off when speed drops below 17 km/h. A plug-in hybrid will be available about a year after launch.
“Underneath the skin is an engineering and technical revolution,” said Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover’s Executive Director of Product Engineering. “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 new chassis makes the most of the stiffer body, ensuring the characteristic ride comfort and refinement of a Range Rover.”
The driver benefits most from the new technology, with a segment-first “ClearSight” rearview mirror that becomes the HD video display screen for a clear view behind the vehicle if the driver’s view is obstructed by rear passengers and/or bulky items, or in low light. For forward visibility, a “transparent hood” works much the same way, using a high-definition camera to capture what may be lurking under the front of the vehicle and display it on the instrument panel screen.
And befitting the luxury brand, there are several bespoke options, including a travel bag collection with British fashion house Mulberry, Master & Dynamic wireless earphones and a limited timepiece from Swiss watch-maker Zenith.
The vehicle will have its North American debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, with equipment levels and prices expected at that time.