2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Nov 24, 2018
FAST FACTS
  • Redesigned compact luxury crossover SUV
  • Larger inside, especially for rear seat passengers and cargo
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder and mild-hybrid turbocharged 4-cylinder engines
  • Standard 9-speed automatic and all-wheel drive
  • Numerous traction and stability control technologies
  • 8.3 inches of ground clearance, 23.6 inches of wading capability
  • New safety and infotainment systems
  • New interior color combinations include Cloud and Deep Garnet
  • New paint colors include Seoul Pearl Silver and Nolita Gray

Introduction

Land Rover’s entry-level Range Rover model, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is completely redesigned – though at a glance you might not notice. Looking much like the original Evoque, the new one sits on a new vehicle architecture, boasts new powertrains, and is equipped with the latest technologies.

Designed, engineered, and built in England, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque goes on sale in spring of 2019 as a 4-door model. A limited-production First Edition will have special Nolita Gray paint with burnished copper accents, as well as a full menu of equipment.

Exterior Features

Land Rover says the new Evoque displays an “all-new design language,” but at the same time also says the new look is a “bold and purposeful evolution of the instantly recognizable Range Rover Evoque shape.”

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Flush door handles similar to the larger Range Rover Velar are one of the most noticeable differences between the new Evoque and the old one. The LED headlights and taillights are slimmer, too, and the small SUV’s rear end is more expressively styled.

Otherwise, this redesigned Evoque clearly evokes the original, and the LRX Concept vehicle that came before it. And that’s just fine, because if nothing else, the Range Rover Evoque has always been great looking.

Interior Features

Differences are more pronounced inside, where a “minimalist, luxurious, digital cabin” awaits to provide a “calm and serene” drive.

With this redesign, Land Rover also attempts to resolve key complaints with the original Range Rover Evoque. The SUV’s longer wheelbase and redesigned rear suspension facilitate more passenger and cargo space, with nearly an inch of extra rear seat legroom, more foot space under the front seats, and a greater amount of in-cabin storage.

Cargo volume and cargo floor space are increased, too, rising to 21.5 cu.-ft. behind the 40/20/40-split folding rear seat and 50.5 cu.-ft. with the back seat folded down.

Land Rover also claims that it is easier to get into and out of the Evoque thanks to relocated roof pillars that don’t impede entry and exit.

Optional Features

Full details about the new 2020 Range Rover Evoque will be available closer to its on-sale date. For now, Land Rover has confirmed that its small SUV will be available in R-Dynamic trim with sporty exterior styling and burnished copper accents and a variety of aluminum wheel designs ranging up to 21 inches in diameter.

Inside, sustainable interior materials such as Eucalyptus Melange textile with Ultrafabrics material, and Kvadrat wool blend upholstery with Dinamica suedecloth, will be available to replace the leather. Also,
16-way power front seat controls and an interior air ionizer will be offered for the new Range Rover Evoque.

Under the Hood

The original Evoque was adapted to an existing vehicle architecture. This redesigned model debuts a new vehicle architecture that is 13% stiffer than before.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard, making 246 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,300 rpm to 4,500 rpm. A 9-speed automatic transmission powers all four wheels through an all-wheel-drive system with fuel-saving driveline disconnect technology.

As an upgrade, a high-output version of the turbocharged 4-cylinder is paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid system to produce 296 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm. This engine pairs with a 9-speed automatic and an Active Driveline AWD system with torque vectoring and a locking rear differential.

Several traction and stability technologies assist the Range Rover Evoque in a variety of driving situations. Hill descent control, Gradient Release Control, and All-Terrain Progress control are available, and Land Rover offers its Terrain Response 2 technology for the first time on the Evoque. This system supplies multiple driver-selected settings depending on driving requirements. They include: Auto, Eco, General, Sand, Mud & Ruts, and Grass-Gravel-Snow.

A new MacPherson Hydrobush strut front suspension is equipped with water-filled bushings and is specifically designed to reduce high-speed wheel vibration. A compact integral link rear suspension design is what helps to increase the Evoque’s cargo capacity for 2020. As an option, an Adaptive Dynamics continuously adaptive suspension is available.

The Range Rover Evoque is more capable off-road than most of its competitors. The new version supplies 8.3 inches of ground clearance, a 25-degree maximum approach angle, and a 30.6-degree maximum departure angle.

Land Rover also improves the Evoque’s wading capability. Now the SUV can get through 23.6 inches of standing water (up from 19.7 inches), and its Wade Sensing function employs ultrasonic sensors in the exterior mirrors that can measure the depth of the water and show the measurement on the touchscreen dashboard display.

Safety

During the 2020 Range Rover Evoque’s official unveiling, Land Rover didn’t delve too deeply into the new SUV’s safety equipment. A reversing camera, driver monitoring system, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist system are standard, and adaptive cruise control with lane centering assist is an option.

Technology

Every 2020 Evoque will have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. An InControl Remote smartphone app will provide remote access to fuel range data, ability to operate the door locks, cabin pre-conditioning with heat or air, and more. Up to six USB ports are sprinkled throughout the cabin, and available Click & Go rear seat tablet computer holders ensure that passengers remain entertained.

An available InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system installs dual 10-inch high-definition touchscreen displays and a 12.3-inch digital instrumentation display. The system is powered by new, faster software that can be updated wirelessly over the air.

The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first Land Rover model equipped with Smart Settings technology. This artificial intelligence software learns a driver’s habits over time and recognizes the driver from the key fob and paired phone. It recalls favorite seating and steering wheel positions, as well as the driver’s preferred temperature, media preferences, and commonly dialed phone numbers.

Another new technology is ClearSight Ground View, which is part of the available 360-degree surround view camera system. It shows a 180-degree view of the ground directly in front of the Evoque for easier parking and more informed off-roading excursions.

Land Rover says that the Evoque’s new ClearSight Rearview Mirror “revolutionizes” rear visibility with a high-definition video feed of what’s behind the SUV. It provides an unobstructed 50-degree field of view. This, however, is not new technology, and the field of view is actually somewhat narrow in comparison to other systems.

 

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