At home both in the city and the mountains, the new Range Rover Evoque joins the family with a choice of hybrid-electric engines.

The original luxury compact SUV has got even better. At home both in the city and the mountains, the new Evoque joins the Range Rover family with a choice of hybrid-electric engines.

Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, with global sales of over 775,000 and more than 225 international awards, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the original. Combining Range Rover heritage with cutting-edge technology – designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain — it meets the needs of today’s customers.

“Accounting for one in every four Land Rovers sold over the past eight years, this next generation SUV represents a significant advance on one of our most popular models,” Steve Kenchington Land Rover NZ’s general manager said. “Combining the latest in environmentally sensitive materials and new technology the new Evoque will be an exceptional addition to this iconic, luxury marque”.

Building on the original’s instantly recognisable design, the new Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the distinctive coupé-like silhouette, typified by its distinctive fast roofline and rising waist that identify the Range Rover family.

The introduction of jewel-like elements such as 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. Optional R-Dynamic details and copper accents add to the unique appeal.

The interior design integrates uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with premium materials to create a luxurious, minimalist, digital cabin. Technical textiles that use recycled plastics are offered as premium alternatives to leather, such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Miko suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics options. The cabin incorporates technologies such as the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system, featuring new, faster software, 20-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation that complement the increased interior space.

“When Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs and the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey,” Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said.  “This characterful vehicle combines refinement and fun to create that all-important emotional reaction that will turn heads and make people smile.”

The footprint is almost identical, yet built on Land Rover’s new mixed-material Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm 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 per cent 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.

The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery. At speeds below 17km/h (11mph), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a refined, quiet and efficient drive in built-up traffic heavy areas, in addition to efficiency savings.

Available across the range of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the mild hybrid delivers CO2 emissions from as low as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50mpg (5.7l/100km) (based on the new WLTP test procedure). An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range next year.

“Underneath the skin is an engineering and technical revolution,” Nick Rogers.

Every bit a Range Rover, the compact SUV combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. New Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on full-size Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on a adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).

The famed Range Rover command driving position has jumped into the digital age, with a segment-first ‘smart rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.

The new Evoque is also the first in the world to feature Ground View technology, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This is useful when negotiating difficult parking spaces, navigating high city centre kerbs or tackling rough terrain and is the realisation of the Transparent Bonnet technology previewed by Land Rover in 2014.

“Underneath the skin is an engineering and technical revolution,” Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said. “The architecture is all-new to enable electrification, with only the door hinges remaining unchanged. The new underpinnings also ensure renowned Range Rover refinement and capability.”

The exact specification for New Zealand has yet to be finalised, customers are advised to contact their authorised retailer for more details and to register their interest.

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