Range Rover has revealed its second-generation Evoque model, promising “never-before-seen standards of design, capability and sustainability” for the sector.
It will arrive in the spring, priced from £31,600, and the launch range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines features, on cars fitted with an automatic gearbox, 48-volt mild hybrid technology. By the end of next year, a three-cylinder petrol and a plug-in hybrid will also be added.
The new car is just 1mm longer than its predecessor and actually 11mm lower, despite which Range Rover is claiming another 171 litres of boot space. The company says knee room for rear passengers is also increased by 20mm and there are more stowage areas for smaller items.
The launch engine range comprises 150hp, 180hp and 240hp diesels and 200hp, 249hp and 300hp petrol models, all automatic and with four-wheel drive apart from the entry diesel, which is also available as a front-drive manual. This gives the Evoque the entry price point that then jumps by £3500 to the next cheapest powertrain combination. The entry manual front-drive car offers a CO2 emissions figure of 143g/km, with the mild-hybrid 4×4 auto cars starting from 149g/km.
New technology includes what Land Rover calls the “clear-sight rear-view mirror”, which transforms the mirror into a HD video screen. If the rear view is compromised by passengers or luggage, the system switches to a camera feeding the view from the back of the car. The Evoque also features a system called Ground View, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver the scene under the front of the vehicle – useful for tight parking spaces, high kerbs or rough terrain. The Terrain Response 2 off-roading system automatically assesses the type of surface and adjusts the set-up accordingly, while the Evoque’s wading depth is up by 100mm to 600mm of water.
“I am extremely confident this will be a great second album taking Evoque to a new level of refinement, luxury and sustainability while preserving all the charm of the first model which defined the compact SUV market back in 2011,” said Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director Rawdon Glover.