Arguably, Range Rover’s Evoque has been a huge hit for the British off-road manufacturer. Adorned with stunning styling led by Gerry McGovern, the luxury SUV from Land Rover has amassed sales beyond anyone’s expectations.
However, it’s pilling up in years and other competitors are fast encroaching on its turf. It’s a model that Range Rover doesn’t want to mess up either, so the upcoming, second-generation will carry over a familiar look that will appease its loyal customer base.
Let’s illustratively delve further at what we can expect.
A Familiar Appearance
Minimalism is apparent inside and out, which is where the brand is heading for its corporate design ethos. Think of the next Evoque as being a mix of the larger Velar and the current car – albeit with smoother sheetmetal surfacing and organic transitions.
Range Rover’s signature floating roof arrangement features, as does retractable, flush-mount door handles and slim Matrix-Laser LED headlights. Rear styling is dominated by a rather prominent rear spoiler, chiseled bumper and Velar-like, full-width taillight cluster.
Posh Accommodation Inside
The next Evoque will take a reductionist approach to cabin styling, with higher-grade, precision-effect materials. It will feature a fully digital instrument cluster and two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens with accompanying multifunctional rotary dials.
Expect a plethora of driver assist features like; park assist, lane keeping aid, adaptive cruise, more semi-autonomous capabilities, traffic sign recognition and 360 degree surround camera.
Exterior dimensions should remain close to the current version, with only slight increases in interior volume. All-wheel drive will remain standard, with the Evoque receiving Land Rover’s typical suite of off-road driver assists and modes. Don’t expect the 2-door to reappear, or the convertible variant for that matter either.
Under The Hood
Along with sharing its platform, the Evoque’s powertrains will echo the Jaguar E-Pace’s as well. The latter uses a new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder gas unit in various states of tune, with up to 296-hp available. Diesel offerings based on the 2.0-liter Ingenium engine will deliver between 148 and 237-hp. Power will be sent to the pavement or terrain via nine-speed automatic transmission.
We also anticipate the availability of a plug-in hybrid model, combining a three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine from Jaguar-Land Rover’s Ingenium powertrain range, along with a 48V electrical system. Europe and other select markets are projected to get a 2.0-liter diesel powertrain with a 48V mild-hybrid setup too.
Subcompact Luxury CUV Rivals
The original Evoque had established a decent grip of the subcompact luxury off-road segment, so expect the second-generation model to strengthen its hold further again, battling the likes of BMW’s X1 and X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3.
Debut and Pricing
The 2020 Evoque will make its debut in London on November 22, with order books opening at the same time, though sales won’t start until the second quarter of 2019. We expect Land Rover to slightly bump prices over the current model’s U.S. starting price of $41,800.
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