New Range Rover Evoque revealed, available from Spring 2019
23 Nov 2018
The new Range Rover Evoque has been revealed ahead of its launch this Spring.
Boasting a more mature and sophisticated look than before, the second-generation Evoque will be the first car to make use of Jaguar Land Rover’s all-new Premium Transverse Architecture.
This means a more spacious interior and more boot space, as well as a smoother, more refined drive. The new platform has been introduced with a view to eventually adding electrified versions of smaller JLR models like the Jaguar XE.
Visually, it’s hard to mistake the Evoque for anything else, with that distinctive silhouette, while some key design features, such as the clamshell bonnet, the bulging front wheel arches and the super-slim rear glass area, appear again from first time round.
However, the back-end has clearly taken design cues from the Range Rover Velar by adopting the blacked-out strip below the rear window. More than 90 per cent of the car’s body components are new too.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief design officer, said the original Evoque “transformed the world of compact SUVs and the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey”.
He added: “This characterful vehicle combines refinement and fun to create that all important emotional reaction that will turn heads and make people smile.”
The three-door Evoque is a thing of the past, with this new generation only coming as a five-door, but there are plenty of engines to choose from, with three petrols and three diesels on offer.
The trio of petrols produce 197-, 247- and 396bhp, while the diesels pump out 148-, 178- and 237bhp respectively. Each engine comes linked to a new nine-speed automatic gearbox too, except the entry-level diesel which uses a six-speed manual with front-wheel-drive.
Prices start from £31,600 before extras for the 148bhp diesel, reaching up out at £40,350 for the mightiest petrol automatic.
More than 772,000 Evoques have been sold around the world since its launch in 2011, with Brits snapping up a fifth of those.