The first-generation Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was the British marque’s first attempt in the compact luxury crossover segment and it proved to be a worthwhile investment. In the seven model years of the Evoque, Land Rover has sold over 770,000 units worldwide.

Now, we welcome the all-new second-generation Evoque, packed with even more on-board technologies, styling cues from the Velar and Land Rover’s first mild-hybrid electric technology (MHEV).

Built on the brand’s new Premium Transverse Architecture, the new Evoque is marginally larger than the outgoing model; now measuring at 4,371 mm (+6 mm) in length, 1,649 mm (+14 mm) in height, 2,100 mm (+135 mm) in width and a longer wheelbase of 2,681 mm (+21 mm). This translates to a more spacious cabin with 20 mm extra legroom at the rear and a larger boot space of 591 litres (+16 litres).

The designers heavily referenced the Velar when penning the new Evoque and that’s a good thing because the Velar is one of the most beautiful SUVs out there. Familiar design cues include the Matrix LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights graphics, slim grille and a prominent front bumper. It’s the same story around the rear, donning a more mature appearance with its ultra slim tail lamps.

But the highlight of the Evoque has got to be the flushed door handles that tuck away when on the move to create a smooth, sculpted aesthetic for the car. Optional items include R-Dynamic package, burnished copper accents and wheels measuring up to 21-inch in size.

Minimalism and clutter-free is the theme of the new Evoque’s cabin. Like the Velar, the Evoque features the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that combines two 10-inch high-definition glass touchscreen that houses all the main functions of the vehicle. Staring directly at the driver is a 12.3-inch LCD Driver Display as well as a full-coloured heads-up display.

In addition to premium leather, the Evoque is offered with Kvadrat wool blend and Dinamica suede cloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabric options that are made of recycled plastics. Other in-car features available in the new Evoque include 16-way powered seats, panoramic sunroof, six USB charging ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electronic gear selector, wireless charging tray, built-in 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot and more.

There are three engine options available on the new Evoque – two diesels, one petrol. They all measure 2.0-litres in engine capacity, has a four-cylinder layout and is from JLR’s family of Ingenium engines. All engine options are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive and 48V Belt-Integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) except for the base TD4 2WD manual variant.

Petrol Engines

Name Evoque SI4 200PS AWD Evoque SI4 250PS AWD Evoque SI4 300PS AWD
Engine 1,999cc; turbocharged 4-cylinder
Transmission 9-speed automatic
Max Power 200 hp @ 5,500rpm 249 hp @ 5,500rpm 300 hp @ 5,500rpm
Max Torque 340 Nm @ 1,300-

4,500rpm

365 Nm @ 1,300-

4,500rpm

400 Nm @ 1,500-

4,500rpm

0 – 100 km/h; Top Speed 8.5 seconds; 216 km/h 7.5 seconds; 230 km/h 6.6 seconds; 242 km/h
Fuel Consumption 7.7 L/100 km 7.9 L/100 km 8.1 L/100 km

Diesel Engines

Name Evoque TD4 150PS 2WD Evoque TD4 150PS AWD Evoque TD4 180PS AWD Evoque SD4 240PS AWD
Engine 1,999cc; 4-cylinder turbodiesel 1,999cc; 4-cylinder turbodiesel with BiSG
Transmission 6-speed manual 9-speed automatic
Max Power 150 hp @ 2,400 rpm 150 hp @ 2,400 rpm 180 hp @ 2,400 rpm 240 hp @ 2,400 rpm
Max Torque 380 Nm @ 1,750 – 2,500 rpm 380 Nm @ 1,750 – 2,500 rpm 430 Nm @ 1,750 – 2,500 rpm 500 Nm @ 1,750 – 2,500 rpm
0 – 100 km/h; Top Speed 10.5 seconds; 201 km/h 11.2 seconds; 196 km/h 9.3 seconds; 205 km/h 7.7 seconds; 225 km/h
Fuel Consumption 5.4 L/100 km 5.6 L/100 km 5.7 L/100 km 6.2 L/100 km

The BiSG provides the engine with up to 140 Nm of instant torque from 0 rpm to fill in the torque dip when the turbochargers are building boost. It also provides a seamless engine start/stop function for better refinement. When the car is slowing down to speeds below 17 km/h, the combustion engine is automatically cut off to reduce emissions.

With the BiSG, the Ingenium engines boast up to six per cent reduction in fuel consumption, now as low as 5.6l/100km on the diesel engines and 7.7L/100km on the petrol variants.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems on the Evoque includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor. The new Evoque will also feature a new Ground View technology for its front camera that projects a 180-degree view of under the front of the vehicle onto the display screen, helpful when negotiating city kerbs and rough terrains.

The new Range Rover Evoque will be manufactured in Britain and will be available in 127 countries from 2019 onwards. A plug-in hybrid variant of the Evoque is also planned for introduction late next year.


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