New 2020 Range Rover Evoque revealedNovember 23, 2018
The second generation of Land Rover’s popular small SUV gets a fresh platform, a cleaner look and mild hybrid technology across most of its range, in a bid to be more efficient and match the sophistication of some of its stablemates – notably the Velar – while also answering existing Evoque owners’ calls for more room in the cabin and a bigger boot. It also ditches the three-door ‘coupe’ model to become five-door only.
Don’t let the aggressive looks fool you – the new Evoque is not bigger than the model it replaces and features almost identical footprint. However, thanks to Land Rover’s new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, it provides more room for the passengers, especially at the back. The cargo space is some six percent larger at 21.54 cubic-feet (610 liters) growing up to 50.5 cu-ft (1,430 liters) with the rear seats folded.
The interior also gives us strong Velar vibes with the dual-screen layout of the center console, which is optional. There’s now also a fully-digital instrument cluster, as well as 16-way seat controls and cabin air ionization. Land Rover will offer customers a number of material combinations which will create “a calm and serene space, ensuring the comfort of its occupants.”
The body of the British SUV is 13 percent stiffer than its predecessor, and noise and vibration levels have been significantly reduced. Up to 72.8 pounds (33 kilograms) of natural and recycled materials have been used in the construction of each new Evoque to reduce its environmental impact.
Speaking of the new platform, it also supports electrification and Land Rover is proud to introduce its first-ever mild-hybrid and the first electrified Evoque in history. It boasts a four-cylinder, 48-volt, 296-horsepower (221-kilowatt) mild-hybrid system that captures energy normally lost during deceleration and stores it in an underfloor battery pack.
All new Evoques will come as standard with an all-wheel drive and the company’s Terrain Response system. It offers six drive modes, General, Eco, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud-Ruts, and Auto, with the latter enabling the vehicle to automatically select the most appropriate mode for the road conditions and adjust the suspension and electronic systems. The ground clearance of the compact premium SUV is 8.3 inches (212 millimeters) with approach and departure angles of up to 25 and 30.6 degrees respectively.
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