By Mauricio Lezcano / carsntravel.com / Photos Land Rover Newsroom
Land Rover has revealed the all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque compact luxury SUV. Featuring an all new design language, advanced driver assistance technologies, and groundbreaking off-road technologies.
Designed to expertly blend city living with country escapism, the Range Rover Evoque builds on the original model’s enduring luxury appeal with a purposeful and precise evolution of its instantly recognizable silhouette.
The enduring profile and coupe-like silhouette of the Range Rover Evoque is typified by its distinctive fast roofline and rising belt line. The vehicle’s proportions are amplified by its pronounced shoulders and powerful wheel arches that, alongside optional 21-inch wheels, combine to create a strong and dynamic attitude.
New slim LED headlamps provide a more sophisticated front and rear lamp design. Flush door handles add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic; Stretching across the rear of the vehicle is a striking black accent that creates a sense of visual width, while the reduction of exterior panel gaps demonstrates the level of craftsmanship the brand’s designers and engineers have worked to achieve.
The Range Rover Evoque introduces two striking new exterior colors: Seoul Pearl Silver, a luxurious, warm pearlescent silver named after the South Korean Capital, while Nolita Grey, unique to the First Edition model is a metallic finish with burnished copper accents in homage to the edgy, urban district of New York City.
The Range Rover Evoque introduces new levels of refinement and luxury to the vehicle’s cabin with a revolutionary approach to the interior design. The unbroken horizontal dashboard architecture emphasizes a feeling of width and space that, alongside a more steeply raked instrument panel, gives the interior a very sophisticated feel. With its unique blend of uncluttered surfaces and contemporary materials, this next generation compact SUV pays homage to the established Range Rover DNA.
The luxurious cabin also has a greater focus on usability and intuitive technologies. The striking two screens and capacitive switches of the optional InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system are the focal point of the interior environment. The beautiful clean design neatly integrates touchscreen technology with simple-touse rotary dials.
Enhancing the convenience of the vehicle is a large center console with twin sliding armrests, doors that can now accommodate large 1.5-liter water bottles, and storage behind the lower touchscreen which can discreetly hold small items such as wallets and cell phones.
The sumptuous interior feel of the Range Rover Evoque is enhanced with the introduction of two new color combinations: Cloud and Deep Garnet. These are offered alongside technical material options, such as the Kvadrat wool blend and the new Eucalyptus Mélange textile in combination with Ultra fabrics. Each seat is available with unique tailored details, such as cut diamond perforation and Arctic Petrol micro-piping.
The new Range Rover Evoque includes all-new features and cutting-edge technology, making it more connected; The new ClearSight Rear View Mirror transforms into an HD video screen at the flip of a switch. Designed to display a rear-facing camera feed onto the mirror, the driver’s view remains unrestricted by passengers or large items within the vehicle, while also providing a wider 50-degree field of vision using a camera positioned above the rear window. This technology is also designed to deliver clearer visibility in low light conditions.
Another feature is the optional Land Rover InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is central to the vehicle’s digital interior experience, combining two sleek 10-inch high-definition glass touchscreens, a 12.3-inch driver display behind the steering wheel and a full-color head-up display. The result is a beautiful, hidden until lit interior filled with state-of-the-art digital interfaces.
The ergonomic design and capacitive switches are designed to be easier and more intuitive to operate, allowing the driver to easily control a wide variety of technologies. There is smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as optional Click & Go rear-seat tablet holders with charging capability, 4G WiFi hotspot and six USB slots located throughout the cabin.
The available high-output 296-hp MHEV Ingenium gasoline engine has been updated with new technologies to make it quieter and more refined, while the ZF nine-speed automatic transmission has been recalibrated to ensure a smoother, more progressive driving on various terrains.
In addition, the Integral Link rear suspension is designed to separate lateral and longitudinal forces to enhance body control and agility, providing greater comfort and confidence on the road. At the front, a MacPherson strut Hydrobush front suspension features fluid-filled bushings designed to minimize the high-speed wheel vibration typically felt through the steering wheel.
An Active Driveline system is also offered on the new Range Rover Evoque, standard on P300 models. This electronic torque vectoring system is designed to constantly balance the distribution of engine torque across both the front and rear axles when cornering to assist with grip and steering confidence. Further, the standard Driveline Disconnect system, fully disengages drive to the rear wheels when cruising to reduce frictional losses before seamlessly re-engaging when conditions dictate a need for additional traction.
When the Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs, the footprint of the new model is almost identical to that of the previous model, yet there is more interior space than before thanks to the Land Rover brand’s new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture. A longer wheelbase yields 0.8-in of extra rear knee room and an increase in small item storage such as a larger glove box and center console. The luggage space is 6 percent larger than that of the previous model as well as much wider, with space increasing to 50.5 cu-ft when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.
The MSPR starts at $55,800.00 for the 2020 Range Rover Evoque R-Dyn HSE, the one I drove included, 16-Way Heated & Cooled Memory Front Seats with Heated Rear Seats $1,300.00, Fixed Panoramic Roof $1,280.00, Ebony Suede Cloth Headlining $920.00, Head-Up Display $900.00, 21 Inch 5078 5 Split Spoke Gloss Black Wheels $800.00, 360 Degree Surround Camera $800.00, Adaptive Dynamics $715.00, Seoul Pearl Silver Exterior Paint $510.00, Electric Adjustable Steering Colum $510.00, SiriusXM & High Definition Audio $500.00, Mondian Surround Sound System $450.00, Black Contrast Roof $410.00, Configurable Dynamics $355.00, Premium Carpets Mats $305.00, Activity Key $205.00, Garage Door Opener $180.00, Power Socket Pack 2 $155.00, Wade Sensing N/C, Dark Aluminum Trim Finisher N/C, and it came in at $67,190.00 including destination charge $995.00.