Range Rover Evoque Preview

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The base engine is a 246-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4-up 9 hp from 2019 versions-that can be upgraded to a 296-hp mild-hybrid turbo-4, which is a first for Range Rover.

The result is improved efficiency; NEDC Correlated emissions start from 149g/km and with fuel economy from 50.4mpg for mild hybrid AWD versions while the FWD manual without mild hybrid tech starts from 143g/km.

The British marque has finally launched the new 2020 Evoque while the quirky SUV in its latest avatar seems to have lost some character.

Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, with global sales of over 772,000 and more than 217 worldwide awards, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the original model. The hybrid system turns off the engine at speeds below 17 km/h and offered an additional torque of 140 Nm. Land Rover won't say whether the unusual coupe and convertible configurations of the earlier generation have been discontinued.

Range Rover Evoque goes up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60. Both engines are bolted to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Combined with the second-generation Active Driveline (standard on P300 models) and the optional Adaptive Dynamics feature, Land Rover says the Evoque is created to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Good news for SA, the luxury SUV will be available locally. Local deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2019. Indeed, the Evoque is aimed squarely at these types of folks, with Land Rover chief design officer Gerry McGovern talking at length during the celebrity-studded event about courting people who don't need such a model but want one anyway.

An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and three-cylinder gasoline Ingenium engine will also join the range next year.

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According to the publication Autocar, the Range Rover Evoque new generation will be built on the modernized platform D8, which is already built Jaguar E-Pace.

All-wheel drive and an updated version of the Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect maintain the Evoque's off-road performance.

The Evoque incorporates a technology dubbed "ClearSight Ground View" that allows you to effectively see through the hood via a multi-camera video feed when maneuvering over hilly terrain or even negotiating tight parking scenarios. There's also a water wading depth of 600mm. The controls for the HVAC system also appeared to be of the touch-sensitive variety in the same vein as they are on the aforementioned Velar. This technology also delivers clearer visibility in low light conditions.

A second 10-inch screen enables access to all other information and entertainment systems including the climate panel and smartphone mirroring, and also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Front suspension is looked after by commonplace MacPherson struts which have fluid-filled bushings for reduced levels of noise and vibration transmitted through to the cabin and steering, while a multilink set up takes care of the tail end.

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