Land Rover finally showcased the all-new Range Rover Evoque.
The previous model did wonders for Land Rover, so it’s hardly a surprise that the styling is an evolution rather than a complete overhaul. And while we hardly ever comment on styling matters, we think the new Evoque is an absolute stunner.
Style additions include super-slim LED headlamps, flush door handles and sophisticated front and rear lamp graphics.
The interior is a study in minimalism and is made from fancy recycled material, rather than the usual leather and plastics. New technologies include the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system, featuring new, faster software, 16-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation that complement the increased interior space.
While the car’s footprint is almost identical, the longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well.
The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards. The usual range of petrol and diesel turbocharged four-cylinder engines are included, all mated to an eight-speed automatic.
The new Evoque features all-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on full-size Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on a adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm.
The Evoque arrives in South Africa during the first quarter of 2019.