MHH International: First Look At the New Evoque
The New Evoque
The highly regarded original luxury compact SUV has, say the company, got even better and at first look they may well be right. Now more sophisticated by design, this car resembles more closely its bigger Range Rover sibling. For both the city and the country, the new Evoque in its various versions will offer the efficient, four-cylinder ‘Ingenium’ petrol and diesel engines plus a choice, no less, of hybrid-electric engines. As before, drive will be a choice of either two or four-wheel drive.
The mild hybrid delivers CO² emissions from as low as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4 mpg. An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model and a three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range in 2019.
Every bit as capable as the Range Rover itself, the Evoque combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. The new car features all-wheel drive, as well as a second-generation ‘Active Driveline’ with Driveline Disconnect (at speeds below 11mph when the driver applies the brakes) to enhance fuel efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2, once only found on the full-size Range Rover, automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts the set-up accordingly. Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm deep.
On the Inside
The new Evoque is a Range Rover at heart so the interior design integrates uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with carefully selected materials to create a luxurious, surprisingly minimalist and very digital cabin. As is to be expected for a prestige vehicle the cabin is designed to be a calm and serene space, ensuring comfort for all occupants with the benefit of advanced technologies like a twin touchscreen ‘Touch Pro Duo’ system, featuring new, faster software, 16-way seat controls and, interestingly, cabin air ionisation that complements the increased interior space.
Technology, as mentioned, is to the fore. The Evoque jumps into the digital age with a sector-first ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. At a guess, it seems likely that this will swiftly end up as the default position. The screen provides a wider (50º) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.
The latest Range Rover Evoque is also the first in the world to feature Ground View technology, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver an 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This is useful when negotiating difficult parking spaces, navigating high city centre kerbs or tackling rough terrain. This remarkable advance is realisation, we learn, of the ‘Transparent Bonnet’ technology first previewed by Land Rover in 2014.
We’ll be driving this car at the first opportunity but buyers can expect a wait for the early deliveries. In the meantime, the existing car still has much to offer and there are some fine examples to add right now.