The first-generation Evoque marked a new direction for Land Rover when it was first shown in 2010. With the all-new second generation, which will make its US debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2019, retains the familiar silhouette and overall attitude of the original while integrating new details and technologies to advance the model’s appeal.
Despite its strong resemblance to the original Evoque, the follow-up model is an entirely new design. It rides on a longer wheelbase (+0.8 inches) and utilizes a new Premium Transverse Architecture that incorporates a combination high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel to provide 13% greater stiffness and more interior space within the same footprint of the current Evoque.
The new Evoque introduces an all-new off-road technology call ClearSight Ground View. A production version of the “Transparent Bonnet” concept first shown in 2014, it uses a combination of external cameras to generate a 180-degree view of the ground beneath the front of the vehicle, allowing the driver to accurately view the road ahead in real time. A ClearSight rearview mirror inside the vehicle allows the standard mirror to switch to a high-resolution rearview camera for improved backward visibility.
A 296-hp mild hybrid drivetrain will be available as an optional upgrade to the standard 246-hp Ingenium four-cylinder gas engine. A nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive with single-ratio transfer case remain standard, augmented by Terrain Response 2 with automatic terrain sensing mode. Even with the hybrid battery mounted low in the vehicle, the new Evoque gains nearly four inches of fording depth, up to 23.6 inches.
The more spacious interior incorporates InControl Touch Pro, the dual glass-panel multi-function display first seen on the Range Rover Velar. Also shared with the Velar is the animal-free Kvadrat wool blend upholstery cloth, plus the Evoque introduces a new animal-free cloth alternative derived from eucalyptus. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integrations are standard, along with six USB ports for powering devices.
Outside, the Evoque uses the Velar’s flush-mounted door handles for a cleaner design. Full LED headlamps are integrated into the front end in super-slim lamp units helping to differentiate the second generation.
The new Evoque will go on sale next year as a 2020 model, with full pricing, packages and availability to be announced at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show in February 2019.