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Land Rover pulls the wraps off the new Range Rover Evoque

By Ganesh Murthy

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Land Rover pulls the wraps off the new Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover has revealed the images and specs of the new Range Rover Evoque. The Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010 and this is the first major upgrade the company has made to the SUV. The SUV received a number of facelifts through the years and a convertible version was also introduced this year.

The silhouette of the SUV is identical to the current model but there are some design changes. The front fascia of the SUV is redesigned, in line with the latest design theme seen in its bigger siblings. It also gets new five spoke 21-inch alloy wheels. The ‘Matrix’ LED headlamps and tail lamps are sharper and resemble that of the Velar. The SUV also gets the flush door handles seen in in the Velar. Internationally, the new Range Rover Evoque will be available in plug-in hybrid options as well. A 3-cylinder engine with plug-in hybrid powertrain will be introduced at a later stage.

The new Evoque is based on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture , which is designed for both mild hybridisation and plug-in hybrid powertrains. As a result, the new Evoque is longer than the current model by 10mm; wheelbase is increased by 21mm, liberating more space for rear passengers. The SUV is taller by 14mm as compared to the current gen model. The front wheel track and rear wheel track has been increased by 0.9mm and 1.7mm. The boot space is 10 per cent more than the current model at 591 litres. The company also says that stowage space is also more in the new Evoque. With the rear seats (40:20:40) completely folded, the boot space can be expanded to 1383 litres. Water wading capacity of the new Evoque is now 600mm, a 100mm increase as compared to the current model. The approach, departure and breakover angles are also changed – the new numbers are 25°, 30.6° and 20.7°. The approach, departure and breakover angles of the current gen model are  –  23.2, 33 and 22 degrees.

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On the inside, the new Range Rover Evoque uses recycled plastics rather than going for leather. These materials include Kvadrat wool blend and Miko Dinamica suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and ultrafabric materials. The SUV now gets the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and updated software. It also gets 16-way adjustable seat controls and cabin air ionisation. Land Rover has thrown in the Terrain Response 2 system as well. The system can automatically detect the surface on which the SUV is being driven and adjusts the set-up accordingly.

On the new Evoque, Nick Rogers, executive director, product engineering, Jaguar Land Rover said, “Underneath the skin is an engineering and technical revolution. The architecture is all-new to accommodate both plug-in and mild hybrid systems, with only the door hinges remaining unchanged on the body. The chassis has been significantly reworked to make the most of the stiffer body, ensuring the characteristic ride comfort and refinement of a Range Rover. Evoque is now smarter than ever. The software that sits behind the infotainment system has been refined to provide a more intuitive customer experience. On top of that we’ve added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration.”

New tech that make way into the new Range Rover Evoque include segment first features like ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’. If rear visibility is hampered, the driver has to engage a switch under the mirror, which activates a camera with a 50° field of vision from the top of the SUV to display what is behind it and feeds it to the screen on the instrument console. Visibility is also superior in low light conditions, says the company. Another segment first feature is the ‘Ground View technology’, which makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle, says Land Rover. This tech was first previewed by Land Rover in 2014. The new Evoque is also the first Land Rover with ‘Smart Settings’, which uses AI to learn the driver’s preferences to control seat position, music & climate settings and steering column settings as per the driver’s convenience.

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Powering the SUV will be a range of inline 4-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, along with 48-volt mild hybrid system, available internationally. The diesel engine is tuned to three different states of power- 148bhp, 177bhp and 237bhp. The 2-litre Ingenium petrol engine is also available in three different states of tune – 197bhp, 245bhp and 296bhp. While the base diesel variant gets a 6-speed manual, the rest of the variants are equipped with a 9-speed automatic gearbox.

The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover. The engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator recovers energy during deceleration and stores it in the battery pack located under the floor. At speeds below 17kmph, the engine is shut off when the driver applies brakes. This energy is then used to assist the engine under acceleration while pulling away, thereby reducing fuel consumption.

On the new Range Rover Evoque, Gerry McGovern, Land Rover chief design officer said, “When Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs and the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey. This characterful vehicle combines refinement and fun to create that all important emotional reaction that will turn heads and make people smile.”

In the UK, the new Range Rover Evoque starts at GBP 31,600. In India, the MY2018 Evoque starts at Rs 52.06 lakh for the base SE trim, going all the way to Rs 62.96 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the top-specced HSE Dynamic variant. The company has not revealed as to when it plans to bring the new Evoque to India.