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The all-new Range Rover Evoque is here! The wraps are off the latest version of the baby Range Rover and we’ve got all the details…
This is the all-new Range Rover Evoque, which has been revealed at an event in London and is on sale now, with first deliveries expected in spring 2019. Prices for the new Evoque start from £31,600.
The second generation of Land Rover’s popular small SUV gets a fresh platform, a cleaner look and mild hybrid technology across most of its range, in a bid to be more efficient and match the sophistication of some of its stablemates – notably the Velar – while also answering existing Evoque owners’ calls for more room in the cabin and a bigger boot. It also ditches the three-door ‘coupe’ model to become five-door only.
Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern says the car’s looks are “meant to be unmistakably Evoque, while being unmistakably the new Evoque”. Key elements, such as the clamshell bonnet interrupted by the bulging front wheelarches, and the ultra-slim rear glass area, have been retained. But there’s a much cleaner look along the Evoque’s flanks, with flush door handles (as seen on the Velar) and a less complex surfacing on the doors, with none of the horizontal creases of the Mk1.
The end result is a car that is clearly still the Evoque, but one that has a more grown-up, more sophisticated appearance. This is helped further by an increase in wheel sizes; the new car’s alloys range from 17 inches up to an optional 21 inches.
–New Evoque platform, engines and hybrid tech
Under the skin, there are significant changes; more than 90 per cent of the components in the car’s bare body are new, in fact, and the Evoque is the first Jaguar Land Rover model to be based on the firm’s all-new Premium Transverse Architecture. The new platform is designed to offer the companies’ smaller models more scope for technical progress (in particular in electrification) than the old car’s LR-MS set-up, which could be traced back to the second-generation Freelander and Ford’s ownership of the British brands.
PTA has been designed from the outset to offer electrification – and that’s precisely what will be available on the Evoque, because all automatic variants, regardless of whether they’re diesel or petrol, will have a 48-volt mild hybrid system equipped with an 8Ah lithium-ion battery.
The system will cut the engine off completely below 17kph (11mph), instead of waiting for the vehicle to reach a standstill – and use a belt-integrated starter generator to assist with acceleration if required. The electric device, which can produce 100Nm of torque but more normally supplies between 20Nm and 30Nm, also helps to reduce turbo lag and overcomes any delay in stop-start activity. Land Rover says the MHEV system alone brings a up to a six per cent reduction in fuel consumption, saving as much as 8g/km of CO2 emissions.
The new Evoque will be available with two trios of engine line-ups – all Ingenium four-cylinder units. The petrols produce 197bhp, 247bhp and 296bhp, while the diesels have 148bhp, 178bhp and 237bhp. There will be a manual gearbox available on the lowliest diesel, in front-drive form, but the rest of the range will get a new nine-speed automatic.
Within the next 12 months, the car will get a less powerful three-cylinder turbo petrol option. And this engine will be available as a standalone unit or as part of a plug-in hybrid configuration. Land Rover hasn’t announced stats on the PHEV Evoque but chief engineer Pete Simkin told us, “It’ll be able to go a competitive distance on electric power alone.” And the packaging of the larger battery pack does not impact on cabin or boot space, it’s claimed.
All but the most basic of Evoques will be four-wheel drive, but their transmission has something called ‘driveline disconnect’, which in effect makes the vehicle front-wheel drive when it’s cruising along on a motorway. Land Rover will also offer an Active Driveline, which uses a rear-mounted double-clutch to offer torque vectoring on the rear axle – instead of using the brakes to aid turn-in.
Land Rover has yet to issue final CO2 figures across the range but it says the 150PS front-drive diesel manual will emit 143g/km of CO2, and that the cleanest mild-hybrid auto diesel will emit 149g/km and return 50.4mpg. These figures are based on the new, tougher WLTP test cycle, too.
Land Rover has also tried to fix another of the Mk1 Evoque’s bugbears: range. The diesel version gets a larger tank (now 65 litres) in a bid to give it more long-distance usability, while the tanks in the petrol models are bigger again, at 67 litres.