Land Rover sold over 772,000 Evoques since their fashion SUV’s introduction in 2010, and while the new generation packs a lot more clever gizmos, its even sleeker lines are what will continue to resonate with your luxurious lifestyle.
The highlights start with an all-new 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain offering 296 horsepower, which is fifty more than what you get from the standard four-cylinder gas engine. The efficiency of the MHEV is further increased by an engine-mounted, belt-integrated starter generator, which feeds the under-floor batteries during deceleration.
Land Rover came up with a new mixed-material transverse architecture to create its first hybrid, with a longer wheelbase granting 0.8-in of extra rear knee room, as well as 6 percent more luggage space.
The new Evoque also has more storage compartments for your small items, while its interior can be wrapped in a Kvadrat wool blend, or an ultra eco-friendly fabric combining a sustainably-sourced eucalyptus-based textile, and a material called Ultrafabrics, made partly of recycled plastics. Land Rover says “up to 72.8-lbs (33kg) of natural and recycled materials are used in every Range Rover Evoque”, which still doesn’t sound like a lot in an SUV weighing 4075 lbs. in hybrid form, and 3935 lbs. without the EV bits.
Land Rover’s fancy Touch Pro Due infotainment system remains equally optional, combining two 10-inch high-definition glass touchscreens with a 12.3-inch display behind the steering wheel, and a full-color head-up display.
Evoque buyers get AppleCarPlay,Android Auto and six USB slots located throughout the cabin as standard, while further interior options include Click & Go rear-seat tablet holders with charging capability and a 4G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices. The Evoque is also the first Land Rover to update its infotainment system wirelessly.
Comfort is further enhanced by Land Rover’s new ‘Smart Settings’ technology, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s habits over time. The Evoque identifies the driver from their key fob and phone, setting up their seat and steering column in advance. The car will also remember individual temperature settings, your usual choice of music, and frequently dialed numbers. You can also check your remaining range, track, heat, cool, lock or unlock your car through your smartphone.