The little Range Rover that could is all-new for the 2020 model year. After teasing the public with wire sculptures last week, Land Rover has officially pulled the covers off the all-new Range Rover Evoque. Brimming with new technology, as well as sharper looks, the new-generation Evoque is built upon the success of its predecessor and introduces big, yet subtle changes in the premium compact crossover segment.
At first glance, it appears as though the all-new Evoque looks the same as the old model. Upon closer inspection however, and it's clear that the designers were busy changing up its appearance. Starting with the front fascia, the new Evoque gets a meaner look thanks to restyled headlights, a bigger front grill, and a more aggressive-looking front bumper.
Around the back, styling cues from the Range Rover Velar have made their way on to the Evoque. New LED combination taillights, along with a refreshed rear bumper and tailgate give the crossover a wider, more prominent stance. In addition, the signature floating roofline and wide fender flares remain for the new-generation Evoque.
Inside, Land Rover gave the new Evoque a digital makeover. While it keeps the familiar look from before, the 2020 Evoque now comes with a fully digital instrument panel and climate control system. The TouchPro Duo infotainment system, on the other hand, has been upgraded with faster software and gets a new user interface.
The rotary-style gear selector is no more as it has been replaced with a traditional gear selector. Other in-car features that are available on the Evoque include 16-way power adjustable front seats, wool and Dinamica microfiber upholstery, panoramic sunroof and engine start/stop button as such.
As before, the Evoque can be powered by a range of turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium engines that are available in either gasoline or diesel. Output ratings range from 150 PS to 300 PS while transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a nine-speed automatic. But perhaps the most important upgrade done on the Evoque's powertrain is the addition of a 48V mild-hybrid system.
With it, the hybrid Evoque has a combined system output of 300 PS while emitting less carbon. It does this by gathering lost energy from deceleration, which is then harvested by an integrated starter generator. Once the brakes are applied, the engine momentarily turns off and energy is gathered by the ISG for the batteries. Upon acceleration, the stored energy is then used to provide additional pulling power under heavy acceleration.
For those that prefer something more frugal, the Evoque will also be available as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) with a three-cylinder turbocharged engine.
Other available safety features present in the 2020 Evoque include: reverse camera, all around parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, as well as driver condition monitoring.
Also worth mentioning are the ClearSight rear-view mirror and Ground View system. With a push of a button, ClearSight allows drivers to get a better view of what's behind them via an HD video display. This works best when there is cargo or debris blocking the view of the rear-view mirror. Meanwhile, Ground View provides drivers with peace of mind by making the front section of the car appear 'invisible'. This makes for negotiating tight parking spaces, as well as tricky terrain a breeze to go through.
The all-new Range Rover Evoque will be available soon some time in 2019.