New Range Rover Evoque: what you need to know
The fresh 2019 aesthetic is marked by flush, pop-out door handles, styling ‘epaulettes’ extending the indicator repeaters, the punctuation of cooling vents peppering the new Evoque’s bonnet and nose. It imbues a fresh fizz to the original design – whose squat stance and angled roofline hark back to the innovative LRX concept car of 2008. How influential that concept car proved to be.
The 2019 Evoque is based on the new Premium Transverse Architecture, a major update of the ageing C/D steel matrix dating back to Ford ownership; there’s no aluminium trickery here, give or take a modest amount of lightweight materials used at certain pinch points in the platform. Budgets simply don’t cover exotic materials at this price point, confirmed to kick off at £31,600 in the UK when sales start in spring 2019.
The new platform is ready for electrification, with 48v mild hybrids and plug-ins coming soon after; CO2 drops to 143g/km on the cleanest Evoque.
Engineering planners are adamant that all Land Rover products maintain proper off-road ability, so all-wheel drive is standard on most models (complete with locking rear diff and Terrain Response 2), while two-wheel drive models will quickly join the range, in a bid to cut CO2 and thirst for fuel.
Driveline Disconnect switches four-wheel drive versions from 2wd to 4wd in less than 400 milliseconds, providing grip where it is needed and frugality when miserliness takes priority. The new transmission is one example of how much the platform has been upgraded for 2019 Evoque. Wheels of up to 21 inches in diameter are available.