After serving for twelve long years, Range Rover Evoque has just got a major update for a generation change. The second generation of Land Rover‘s baby SUV has just arrived with a fresh avatar and a lot of new tech.
Look at it from the front and you’ll instantly find it similar to its big brother the new Velar. A lot of design cues have been taken from the Velar but the Evoque also carries its old and famous stance that it has always been loved for.
At a first glance, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque looks bigger than the outgoing model, however, the size is the same, it’s just that the big front fascia from the Velar makes it look much bigger and more SUV-ish. It gets the similarly-slim headlights and a narrow front grille. The front air intakes are almost unchanged and might trouble you to distinguish it from the old model.
The side profile is where the Evoque made its own design character and it is kept almost untouched to carry the legacy. Why fix something that isn’t broken? Fair enough. Come to the rear and you will see glimpses of the Velar again with those thin taillamps.
The 2020 Range Rover Evoque is built on Land Rover’s new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture that helps to provide more room in the cabin. The boot space of the baby SUV is about 6% larger at 610 liters expandable to 1430 liters with the rear seats folded. The wheelbase is also extended resulting in 20 mm more knee-room at the rear.
Enter the cabin and it shows where the generation change actually has happened. The steering is all new and so it the fully-digital instrument cluster. There are two big touchscreens on the center console to control the infotainment and other features like the AC and temperature.
It’s a Land Rover and you can’t go without talking about off-road capabilities. The 2020 Range Rover Evoque comes with all-wheel drive and second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect. It offers six drive modes, General, Eco, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud-Ruts, and Auto. In the auto mode, the Terrain Response system automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts the vehicle’s suspension and electronic setup accordingly. The new Evoque can also wade through water up to 600 mm (23 inches).
One more unique off-road focused feature is the ClearSight Ground View technology. This system uses cameras in the radiator grille and side mirrors and projects a 180-degree view of underneath the vehicle in the infotainment screen.
Coming to the engines, the 2.0-liter four cylinder petrol and diesel engines remain unchanged from the current Evoque. Apart from that, Land Rover has also introduced a mild-hybrid varinant, first time in the Evoque. It uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain paired with the traditional four-cylinder gasoline engine. A plug-in hybrid model will also added in the lineup later.
Jaguar Land Rover has invested about a £1 billion in the development in the new 2020 Range Rover Evoque including £110 million into the company’s UK manufacturing plant in Halewood, Merseyside.
The new Range Rover Evoque will enter the markets in 2019 gradually one after another.
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