Behind the wheel of the all-new, tech-laden Range Rover Evoque

Dwayne Harmon
November 25, 2018

Engine-wise, for now there will be mild hybrid petrol and diesel versions, with a plug-in hybrid expected within 12 months. JLR said previous year every new model will come with electrified options from 2020 onwards.

More detailed information can be obtained on YouTube at 19:45 GMT when will start the official ceremony of 2020 presentation of the new Range Rover Evoque.

Land Rover's hybrid technology integration manager, Dave Skipper, says that the maker is making a concerted effort to lower emissions and that this is just the first step of many.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque's unique looks have gone largely unchanged since the SUV's 2010 debut. While the range during electric operation is still under question, Carbon dioxide emissions will be in line with European emission standards.

That would be an Evoque with a 180PS (178bhp) diesel engine, all-wheel-drive and automatic transmission.

The model can support a variety of powertrains from four-cylinder diesel or petrol engines to a mild-hybrid electric alternative. Combined with the second-generation Active Driveline (standard on P300 models) and the optional Adaptive Dynamics feature, Land Rover says the Evoque is created to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility.

Which is why the second-generation model, seen here in official pictures, maintains the stylish and dynamic proportions of its predecessor. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption.

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Pricing for the new Evoque will be announced closer to its release early next year.

The South African website lists two engines as being available from launch, both 2-litre turbocharged Ingenium units in the form of a 132kW diesel and 183kW petrol. United Kingdom customers can also opt for a 110kW diesel as well as 147kW and 221kW petrol units, while a three-cylinder petrol will be added to the range at a later stage.

The latest Evoque is built on an update of the current model's steel platform JLR now calls Premium Transverse Architecture. The Evoque can also wade through water up to 600mm deep, which is 100mm more from the first-generation model.

All is high-tech inside: a large central touchscreen, a satellite navigation and infotainment system updateable via Wi-Fi; InControl apps for connectivity, one more screen for secondary functions; two rotary control knobs for hard functions, several big storage pockets.

The Evoque incorporates a technology dubbed "ClearSight Ground View" that allows you to effectively see through the hood via a multi-camera video feed when maneuvering over hilly terrain or even negotiating tight parking scenarios.

There's a clever rear view mirror that can be turned into a camera screen if sight lines are blocked by passengers or bulky items. It also provides a much wider 50-degree field of view. The little interesting base model of the Range Rover Evoque as a 150-HP two-liter Diesel with front-wheel drive will cost 37.350 Euro.

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