New-gen Range Rover Evoque Debuted: First LR With Mild-hybrid System
The second-generation Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has debuted yesterday. It is the first ever model of the brand with a mild hybrid system. Sales start in the spring of 2019.
The all-new 2020 Evoque will compete with the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40. The company hopes it continues being a best-seller (800,000 units were sold within 7 years). The prices will be held close to current levels. The new Evoque is quieter and more refined compared to the predecessor.
The car is built on a new space-saving Premium Transverse Architecture. Land Rover designed it for electrified powertrains. The carmaker applied a modern fuel-efficient 48V plug-in hybrid technology and high-quality materials.
In general, the new generation model retains the recognizable appearance. Nevertheless, some changes are noticeable: larger rear door, slimmer LED headlights, a wraparound side and taillights, recessed door handles inherited from the Velar, tighter panel gaps, 21-inch wheels.
The body is 13% stiffer now. The wheelbase of the 2020 car is extended by 20 mm for larger legroom in the cabin. The trunk has become 10% more spacious.
The car received improved front suspension. At the rear it adopts the Velar’s new Integral Link set-up to save space and improve refinement.
At start, the all-new Evoque will have JLR’s 2.0-litre Ingenium engines, both diesel and petrol. Upgraded AWD system is available for almost all versions, except for the D150 diesel with a manual gearbox.
The high-end P300 modification will be four-wheel drive, powered by a 300-hp petrol motor with a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Other engines in the range are turbo 181-hp and 240-hp diesels and turbo 200-, 249-, 300-hp petrols. The most potent version accelerates to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h).
Every 4×4 Evoque is now a 48V mild hybrid. The system adds 6% to efficiency and provides 149 g/km emission level.
In a year after the first 2020 Evoques arrival, Land Rover will launch a plug-in hybrid version based on a new petrol 1.5-liter three-cylinder 200-hp Ingenium engine. The electric-only range is still unknown.
The new Range Rover Evoque is more luxurious than the outgoing model. The interior features new colors and trim materials including Kvadrat wool-blend textile. The design reminds the Velar’s, but simpler.
All is high-tech inside: a large central touchscreen, a satellite navigation and infotainment system updateable via Wi-Fi; InControl apps for connectivity, one more screen for secondary functions; two rotary control knobs for hard functions, several big storage pockets.