The next-generation Range Rover Evoque has been once again spotted on the roads near the Nürburgring, this time with less camouflage than ever.
More importantly, our spy photographers managed to get a first look at the interior too, and the conclusion is we’re dealing with a smaller Range Rover Velar inside and out. The influence from the larger sibling is clear on the outside. The Evoque sports a similar front fascia with sleek horizontal headlights that have Velar written all over them.
Evoque’s proven recipe gets spiced up with some essential Velar ingredients
Seen from the side, the second-generation Evoque retains the current model’s profile with a sloping roofline and high shoulders. However, the pop-out door handles (another Velar-inspired feature) make the SUV look more upscale than before.
The rear end appears to be an evolution of the current Evoque, sporting a small rear screen and high-set taillights. Range Rover Velar influences will be clearly visible as well in the lengthened, horizontal shape of the taillamps.
Buyers will no longer be able to get a three-door Evoque, and the convertible might not get a replacement either. What’s certain is the five-door body style seen here will continue as the bread-and-butter of the Evoque family.
Roomier, Velar-inspired interior
The photos might not make that very clear, but the 2019 Evoque is slightly larger than the current model, which means interior space should increase. Speaking of the cabin, the spy photos reveal a very similar dashboard to the Velar.
It features three big displays: one for the instrument panel, one for the infotainment system, and another one for the climate control and seats. The steering wheel looks almost identical to the one in the Velar too.
More space inside thanks to the tweaked D8 platform
The second-generation Evoque will use a revised version of the current D8 platform shared with the next Discovery Sport. Besides the increase in space, the architecture is said to bring improved ride quality and comfort.
Hopefully, it will shed some kilograms as well, enabling better handling and fuel efficiency. The tweaked platform will also allow the Evoque to receive a plug-in hybrid version in addition to the usual turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines.
As with the current Evoque, cheaper models will be front-wheel drive while more expensive and powerful versions will get all-wheel drive. Expect the all-new Range Rover Evoque to arrive early next year.