2019 Range Rover Evoque Unveiled, India Launch Likely In 2019
- by Kshitij Sharma
- Nov 23, 2018
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Based on a new platform, it now comes with mild-hybrid tech that could also debut in India
- Second-gen Evoque launched in the UK
- Is based on new Premium Transverse Architecture
- Powered by three- and four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines
- Is available with mild-hybrid in the UK. PHEV slated to debut in 12 months
- AWD variants get Terrain Response System as standard
- Also debuts ClearSight Ground View which provides the underbody view of the terrain
Land Rover introduced a whole new segment when it first introduced the Range Rover Evoque back in 2010. Despite its rather snug rear cabin, it went on to become one of the bestsellers from the brand ever. It was all mainly down to the design and the overall package. And now, Land Rover has introduced the new Range Rover Evoque and for starters, it looks like a baby Velar. A good start then.
The new Range Rover Evoque has been built on the company’s new Premium Transverse Architecture platform that has been developed to be compatible with electrification. As a consequence, the new Evoque is available with a mild-hybrid system (like the one on Marutis) from the outset. It comes with a 48V battery pack under the floor that stores energy usually lost during braking. This power is utilised while going off the line and while crawling in bumper to bumper traffic. The mild-hybrid system is paired with both petrol and diesel Ingenium engines which are available in varying states of tune.
The 2.0-litre diesel is available with power figures ranging between 150-240PS, while power figures for the petrol engine vary from 200PS to 300PS. A plug-in hybrid version of the car with a 3-cylinder petrol engine is also slated to make its debut in 12 months. When it does come to India, however, hopefully by the end of 2019, it will most likely be launched with the 2.0-litre diesel making 180PS/430Nm and a 2.0-litre petrol making 249PS/365Nm. Both engines will come mated to a 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The PHEV could follow at a later stage.
The chassis is 13 per cent stiffer than before as well and according to Land Rover, the only thing carried over from the old car are the door hinges. At 4370mm in length, it is only 10mm longer than the car it will replace. Though despite the almost identical footprint, the space inside the cabin has increased, especially for rear occupants along with boot space.
The cabin now also features an all-digital instrument cluster along with a new infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay that has been embedded into the centre dash. It also features 16-way adjustable front seats and a climate control system with touch controls.
The new Range Rover Evoque also marks the debut of the new ClearSight Ground View system. It is the practical application of the company’s transparent bonnet concept that debuted with the Discovery Vision Concept. Cameras on the front grille and doors project a 180 degree view of what’s ahead and under the vehicle on the infotainment screen. This should be helpful in traversing tricky terrains and our potholed roads. Speaking of which, Land Rover will be offering the Terrain Response System as standard including various driving modes such as General, Eco, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud-Ruts, and even an Auto mode that adjusts suspension and electronic systems, depending on the terrain.
The new Range Rover Evoque certainly seems impressive on paper. With a host of new features, a new cabin and a hybrid system, it is now certainly one with the times. When launched in India, hopefully by the end of next year, it will certainly command a premium over the current generation Evoque.Recommended Variant : Range Rover Evoque 2.0 TD4 HSE
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