Range Rover: the new Evoque arrives with hybrid under the hood

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The compact luxury SUV has further improved. The new Evoque joins the Range Rover family with a choice of hybrid electric engines.

A pioneer in the premium compact SUV segment – 772,096 sales (of which more than 30,000 in France) in the world and more than 217 international awards – this new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the previous one, which combines the unparalleled heritage of Range Rover with the most modern technologies.

Its proportions are emphasized by pronounced shoulders and wheel arches associated with 21 '' rims. The introduction of elements such as the very fine dot matrix LED headlights reinforces the design of the front and rear lights. The flush door handles – like the big brother Velar – and the scrolling turn signals add to a refined aesthetic like the R-Dynamic elements and the copper accents depending on the model.

Recycled plastic textiles

The interior combines clean surfaces and simple lines that combine with premium materials. As a premium alternative to leather, textiles based on recycled plastics, such as the Kvadrat wool blend and the Dinamica * suede, as well as the Eucalyptus and UltrafabricsTM options are offered. Occupants also benefit from technologies such as Touch Pro Duo dual touch screen, now more responsive, 16-position seat control and interior ionization.

More interior space

The footprint is virtually identical to the previous one, but Land Rover's new 'Premium Transverse' architecture has provided more interior space. The longer wheelbase improves knee space at the rear of 20mm as well as storing small items. The increase in the volume of the glove box and the central storage makes it easy to accommodate shelves, handbags and bottles. The trunk, larger by 10% (591 liters) and wider, makes it easy to accommodate a folded pushchair or set of golf clubs; the volume can reach 1383 liters once the rear seats 40: 20: 40 folded.

"Digital First"

Inside, the ClearSight rearview mirror can turn into an HD video screen. When rear visibility is affected by passengers or the transportation of bulky items, simply press a button at the base of the mirror to receive high-definition images from a video camera at the top of the car. The screen offers a wider field of view (50 °) and better visibility in low light. The Evoque also features 'Clear Sight Ground View' technology which makes the hood invisible by projecting camera images onto the upper touch screen and allows the driver to see 180 ° under the front of the vehicle. This system comes from the 'Transparent Bonnet' technology introduced by Land Rover in 2014.

The Range Rover Evoque is the first Land Rover with 'Smart Settings' technology that uses artificial intelligence algorithms to record the driver's preferred driving style and serve as a butler. It not only memorizes the driver's seat position, music and preferred air conditioning settings, but it can also control the position of the steering column for optimum comfort.

Light hybridization: a first

The new architecture was developed for hybridization; a light hybrid version will be available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model will be available within 12 months. The lightweight hybrid engine, a first for Land Rover, works by recovering the energy normally lost in the deceleration phase through an engine-integrated starter-alternator that stores it in a battery under the floor. Up to 17km / h, the engine stops when the driver brakes. Upon restart, the stored energy is used to assist the engine with acceleration and reduce power consumption. The result is refined, quiet and efficient driving in congested urban areas.

Available on the full range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, light hybridization reduces CO2 emissions up to 149g / km and consumption up to 5.6 l / 100km (equivalent NEDC tests). The 150hp front-wheel drive diesel version only emits 143g / km of CO2. A new, even more fuel efficient, 3-cylinder PHEV (plug-in hybrid) model will complete the lineup next year.

The new Evoque features all-wheel drive and second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect for efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to maintain the best balance of comfort and agility. Like the Range Rover, the Terrain Response 2 system adjusts the settings based on the surface on which the vehicle is moving. The Range Rover Evoque can now cross 600mm fords (500mm previously).