With over 800,000 models sold in the last seven years, the ‘baby’ Range Rover Evoque has now entered its second generation, and despite the excellent building blocks of the original, the second generation is just … better … in every way.
There are some minor styling details that set it apart from the forerunner, Land Rover say that it’s about evolution rather than revolution, but to all intents and purposes, it’s new; 90% of the components in the bare body are all new, it’s the first model from Land Rover to use the all-new Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA) platform, it has mild hybrid technology (on all but the base model) and has more space in the cabin and boot.
You’d be forgiven in thinking that the first generation must have been … below par … when you read the list of improvements, but the reality is that Land Rover have just taken a great vehicle and made it better, and a great deal of the improvement comes from the PTA platform, for it’s that which has allowed a number of these improvements to happen.
Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology is perhaps one of the lesser known hybrid technologies, and despite only really having an effect at low-speeds, Land Rover say that it reduces fuel consumption by as much as 6%.
The system compromises of a 48-volt 8Ah electrical system that cuts the engine at anything below 11mph, and helps to reduce turbo lag and delays in the start/stop activity while driving in traffic. It just makes for a smoother driving experience.
It’s due to the new PTA platform that Land Rover have been able to incorporate this technology in to the Evoque, and it will be fitted to all models that use an automatic transmission.
Land Rover have dropped the three-door variant for the second gen, the decision was made to stick with the five-door model – yes, there’s an element of styling with a three-door, but losing that awkward ‘climbing round the seat’ moment more than makes up for any loss. Besides, with the flush door handles, the exterior looks less cluttered which lessens the effect.
Thanks to the PTA platform, the wheelbase has been extended slightly, but the overall length is slightly shorter thanks to some Land Rover magic (well, a reduction in overhang – by 30mm at the front). This gives the cabin slightly more room, and Land Rover took the decision (correctly we feel) to increase the rear-seat passenger comfort – giving them slightly more legroom.
Another bit of smoke & mirrors magic is the increase in boot space, but only with the seats folded up (in place) – capacity raises by around 10% to 591 litres, but when the seats are folded flat, the overall load space is reduced slightly – down to 1383 litres.
There are three engines for both petrol and diesel, all from the Ingenium 4-cylinder range: 197hp, 247hp and 296hp petrol engines, and the 148hp, 178hp and 237hp diesel choices.
Land Rover say that it’s also better off-road then its predecessor; and extra 100mm of wading depth (up from 500mm to 600mm) and it’s fitted with the Terrain Response 2 system, borrowed from the bigger brother, which detects the terrain and adjusts the transmission to suit. Clever stuff.
Of course, we could list all of the differences, or all of the fancy tech like the Clearsight Groundview system, but that’s a very flat 2D image we can paint for you. That’s why we’re holding some special events to show you the new Evoque up and close and personal – why come and see for yourself just how different the two models are?
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