Whist some differences are easy to spot others are far more subtle. Let’s take the 2019 Range Rover Evoque for example. It may look like Velar-ish type facelift of the outgoing model, it is in fact a brand new model altogether. The question is, has Land Rover made a mistake in making this new car almost identical to the old one?
The short answer is no. Range Rover has sold over 375,000 Evoques so it’s safe to say that they know what they’re doing. The fact that this car is a careful measured evolution of the old one is a very deliberate strategy. It will certainly continue to attract new buyers that are wowed by the looks of the original without making existing customers feel hopelessly outdated with an SUV that is so last season.
Noticeable changes for the new Evoque include Velar aping matrix LED headlamps and elongated taillights which are dissected by the tailgate. There’s also a dash of street theatre courtesy of the pop-out door handles. Range Rovers have certainly come a long way since the days they were fitted with ones from a Morris Marina! While the old Evoque’s cabin was a nice place to be, fittingly for such a high-tech cabin, Land Rover’s chosen to provide you with a couple of showcase features with the new version. There’s now a system called ClearSight which with a touch of a button turns the rear-view mirror into a display screen for a camera mounted at the rear. This is perfect if your rear seat passengers or stuff in the boot is cluttering up your view. Another system is the grandly titled Ground View Technology which projects a 180 degree under-vehicle view from the front of the Evoque making it easier to avoid curbing your wheels and tyres in tight city carparks or boulders while off-roading. With all five seats in place you get 591 litres of boot space extending to 1383 litres when you fold down the rear seats. To put this into perspective this is larger than what you get in the Audi Q5 with the seats up but smaller when they’re folded over. The trim levels follow Land Rover’s familiar S, SE and HSE hierarchy with sportier R-Dynamic versions of each one. There’s also a special First Edition to celebrate then Evoque’s launch.
Although the new range Rover Evoque takes almost the same amount of space on the road as the old model, its underpinnings are all new. These new underpinnings means that the Evoque is now able to take advantage of electrification of the engine options available. Petrol and diesel 2.0 litre engines with up to 300 break horse power (bhp) are now available with automatic gearboxes with the only exception being the 150 bhp diesel. Four-wheel-drive is standard on all Evoques except for the base manual model. In order to make this car more fuel efficient the power to the rear wheels is disconnected unless traction is needed such as on slippery tarmac or when you’re off-roading. We can’t forget that this car is a Land Rover so its off-road prowess should be excellent and is further enhanced by a system called Terrain Response 2. What this system does is automatically adjusts how the car behaves based on what surfaces it detects it’s being driven on. You can even drive into water up to 600 millimetres deep which is a 100 millimetre increase over the old Evoque.
So, what do we make of the 2019 land Rover Evoque? Simply put, it appears that all the ingredients are there for the second generation car to be as successful as the first. If you can’t wait and still like the look of the first generation Evoque then take a look at some the of used Land Rover Evoque cars for sale available on DesperateSeller.co.uk.