It’s been seven years since Land Rover launched its Range Rover Evoque. The Evoque immediately defined it’s class when it first appeared at the Detroit motor show in 2008 as the Land Rover LRX concept penned by Julian Thomson. And now the second-generation Range Rover Evoque has been revealed which looks astonishing.
The British brand claims the new version is “the luxury SUV for the city and beyond”. The new Evoque bears more than a passing resemblance to a three-quarter scale Range Rover Velar, the new Evoque manages to remain true to the original concept, with a sleek design, compact tapered glasshouse and Transformers-style muscularity – though it has been toned down in line with the brand’s current design philosophy.
The new Range Rover Evoque has been built on the company’s new Premium Transverse Architecture platform that has been developed to be compatible with electrification. As a consequence, the new Evoque is available with a mild-hybrid system from the outset. It comes with a 48V battery pack under the floor that stores energy usually lost during braking. This power is utilized while going off the line and while crawling in bumper to bumper traffic. The mild-hybrid system is paired with both petrol and diesel engines which are available in varying states of tune.
Inside the hood, the 2.0-litre diesel is available with power figures ranging between 150-240PS, while power figures for the petrol engine vary from 200PS to 300PS. A plug-in hybrid version of the car with a 3-cylinder petrol engine is also slated to make its debut in 12 months. When it does come to India, however, hopefully by the end of 2019, it will most likely be launched with the 2.0-litre diesel making 180PS/430Nm and a 2.0-litre petrol making 249PS/365Nm. Both engines will come mated to a 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The PHEV could follow at a later stage.
However, inside the cabin, the new Evoque now features an all-digital instrument cluster along with a new infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay that has been embedded into the centre dash. It also features 16-way adjustable front seats and a climate control system with touch controls.
The chassis is 13 per cent stiffer than before as well and according to Land Rover, the only thing carried over from the old car are the door hinges. At 4370mm in length, it is only 10mm longer than the car it will replace. Though despite the almost identical footprint, the space inside the cabin has increased, especially for rear occupants along with boot space.
The new car features cameras on the front grille and doors project a 180 degree view of what’s ahead and under the vehicle on the infotainment screen. This marks the debut of the new ClearSight Ground View system in Range Rover Evoque. It is the practical application of the company’s transparent bonnet concept that debuted with the Discovery Vision Concept. This should be helpful in traversing tricky terrains and our potholed roads. Speaking of which, Land Rover will be offering the Terrain Response System as standard including various driving modes such as General, Eco, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud-Ruts, and even an Auto mode that adjusts suspension and electronic systems, depending on the terrain.
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