HYBRID-electric engines, new technologies and a stunning new look will define the 2019 Range Rover Evoque; launched this week in the UK, and built on a whole new architecture that surpasses the most stringent global safety requirements.
The new design will finally add more knee room for rear passengers, a bugbear with the current model, greater luggage space and an increase in small item storage. The Evoque also gets its first hybrid power plant.
It’s known as a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV), a 48-volt system that harvests energy normally lost during deceleration, storing it in an under-floor battery for use at speeds below 17km/h or when accelerating from standing start; aiding fuel consumption.
The MHEV power train will be available on the range of four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines as well as the 221kW/400Nm petrol engine. An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model will also join the range next year.
In a world first, Range Rover has also added ground view technology which in essence makes the bonnet invisible while a high-definition video screen revolutionises rear view mirror visibility from the driver’s seat.
Building on the first generation Evoque’s instantly-recognisable design, the new model is a sophisticated evolution of the distinctive coupé-like silhouette, with more pronounced shoulders and wheel arches that combine with 21-inch wheels, to give a tougher stance.
The introduction of jewel-like elements such as super-slim Matrix LED headlamps provide a more sophisticated front and rear, while flush door handles add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic. Optional R-Dynamic details and copper accents add to the unique appeal.
Inside, the finely crafted design integrates uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with carefully curated premium materials to create a luxurious, minimalist, digital cabin.
Technical textiles that use recycled plastics are offered as premium alternatives to leather, such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Miko suede cloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultra-fabrics options.
Technologies such as the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system, featuring new, faster software, 20-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation complement the increased interior space. Apple CarPlay and a 4G WiFi hot spot are on hand too.
The all-wheel drive premium compact SUV also gains upgraded drive-line technology, improved adaptive dynamics and Terrain Response 2, designed to automatically adjust the car’s setup according to conditions.
It’s also the first Land Rover with Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preference, remembering everything from seat position, music and climate settings, to massage and steering column preferences.
While it’s available to order now, the 2019 Range Rover Evoque won’t arrive in Australia until the second quarter of next year. When it does, it will be priced from $64,640 plus on-roads.