Land Rover has pulled the covers off its new Range Rover Evoque, which is labelled as a car for the “city and beyond”.
The 2019 Evoque retains similar proportions to the original model, but with sharper styling influenced by other Range Rover models such as the Velar, and boasts the option of 21-inch alloy wheels and slim Matrix LED headlights. Pop-out door handles are another new feature on the Evoque, and have clearly been lifted from the larger Range Rover Velar.
Land Rover has taken an environmentally-conscious approach to the interior through the use of recycled plastics, as well as alternatives to leather in the form of a mix of wool and suede upholstery, although leather is still available, and as standard on certain trim levels.
Despite retaining near-enough the same dimensions as before, the new Evoque’s wheelbase is longer, and allows for improved rear seat space, as well as a larger boot, which now stands at an impressive 591 litres. The twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system is also offered.
The new Evoque has been developed to be able to offer electrified powertrains, with the choice of two set to be available. From launch, buyers will be available to have a 48V mild-hybrid system – the first to be offered in any Jaguar or Land Rover. A plug-in hybrid will not be available from launch, but is expected to go on sale from the start of 2020. A range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be available.
But while this might be the ‘baby’ Range Rover, the firm has still ensured that it’s almost as capable off-road as the rest of its range. All-wheel-drive and Terrain Response, which monitors the surface and can adjust the suspension accordingly. A new ‘Clear Sight’ rear-view mirror, which can change the mirror into a HD screen if rear visibility is obstructed or limited, is another useful touch on the new Evoque.See Available Range Rover Evoque deals
Perhaps one of its cleverest features, though, is what’s known as Ground View technology. This essentially can make the bonnet invisible on one of the touchscreens, and can help make driving easier when parking in tight spaces, negotiating high kerbs and also when driving off-road.
Prices start from £31,600 for the new Range Rover Evoque, and rise to over £50,000 for the range-topping First Edition. It’s available to order now, with first deliveries expected at the start of 2019.