Every automaker likes to lay claim being the pioneer in specific market segments in which they compete and, with relatively few exceptions, they really are not – one exception being the luxury compact market where the Land Rover Evoque changed more than just the shape of things when it launched in 2011.
The new Evoque again combines all-terrain ability with on-road composure, but the new vehicle architecture, updated technologies make it more comfortable, capable and connected than ever before.
Range Rover Evoque’s profile and coupé-like silhouette remains a signature but now fits on a 21 mm longer wheelbase.
The new version is based on Land Rover’s mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, which is 13% stiffer than its predecessor and together with rigidly-mounted subframes reduces noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin. With the longer wheelbase and compact new suspension design, the SUV delivers increased interior room and improved handling in all conditions.
A longer wheelbase yields 20 mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10% larger (591 litres) as well as much wider and easily fits a folded pram or set of golf clubs, with space increasing to 1 383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.
An Integral Link rear suspension separates lateral and longitudinal forces to enhance body control and agility, providing greater comfort and confidence on the road. At the front, the MacPherson strut Hydrobush suspension features fluid-filled bushes to minimise the high-speed wheel vibration felt through the steering wheel.
Adaptive Dynamics combines intelligent sensors and continuously variable suspension dampers that monitor road conditions every 100 milliseconds. The system constantly adjusts the dampers to give a composed ride with maximum control, regardless of any change of terrain or surface.
Ingenium engines have been advanced with new technologies to make them quieter and more refined, while the ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox has been recalibrated to ensure a smoother, more progressive drive on all-terrains.
South African customers have a choice of a 132kW diesel and 183 kW petrol engines, while a 221 kW plug-in hybrid will be added to the range early in 2020.
The diesel, badged D180, returns an average fuel consumption of 5,8 l/100 km and is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 9,3 seconds. The P250-badged petrol returns a 7,4 l/100km average fuel consumption and sprints from 0-100 km/h in 7,5 seconds.
The introduction of super-slim Matrix LED headlamps provides a more sophisticated front and rear lamp graphic. Flush door handles add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic, while sweeping directional indicators create a purposeful signature.
Inside, technical textiles that use recycled plastics are offered as premium alternatives to leather, such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Dinamica suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics options.
Terrain Response 2 is available as standard for the first time on new Evoque with All-Wheel Drive and automatic transmission. Not only will this allow drivers to choose from four modes (Comfort, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, and Mud & Ruts) to optimise performance and capability, but the new Auto mode enables Evoque to select the most appropriate mode for the conditions and automatically adjust its torque delivery to suit the terrain.
Ground clearance is 212 mm, while approach and departure angles are 25 degrees in the front and 30,6 degrees in the rear. Evoque’s maximum wading depth of 60 0mm can be effectively monitored with optional Wade Sensing. Ultrasonic sensors in the exterior mirrors accurately measure the depth of the water, which is displayed on the central touchscreen.
The latest Evoque comes with a variety of all-terrain technologies such as Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control and All-Terrain Progress Control and these are allied with on road assistance features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist.
There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. Active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor are all available to keep occupants safe.
ClearSight Ground View – the realisation of Land Rover’s transparent bonnet concept previewed on the Discovery Vision concept – is a world first. Cameras in the front grille and on the door mirrors project a feed onto the central touchscreen to show what is ahead of and underneath the front of the vehicle with a virtual 180-degree view.
The new smart rear-view mirror transforms into an HD video screen at the touch of a button. By displaying a rear-facing camera feed onto the mirror, the driver’s view remains unrestricted by passengers or large items in the back, while also providing a wider 50-degree field of vision using a camera positioned above the rear window. This technology also delivers clearer visibility in low light conditions.
Designed with a protective lip to prevent mud and water soiling the lens, there is also a hydrophobic coating that repels water spray. In the unlikely occurrence that the camera is ever obscured, drivers can change back to a traditional rear-view mirror at the flick of a switch.
Land Rover’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is central to the digital interior experience, combining two sleek 10-inch high-definition glass touchscreens, a 12,3-inch driver display behind the steering wheel and full-colour head-up display.
There is smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, as well as Click & Go rear-seat tablet holders with charging capability, 4G WiFi hotspot (for up to eight devices) and six USB slots located throughout the cabin.
New Range Rover Evoque pricing:
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R734300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 S R784300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 SE R843800
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R-Dynamic S R813000
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R-Dynamic SE R872500
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R-Dynamic HSE R920200
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 First Edition R945900
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R776300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 S R826300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 SE R885800
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R-Dynamic S R855000
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R-Dynamic SE R914500
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R-Dynamic HSE R962300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 First Edition R987900