2019 Range Rover Evoque revealed: price, specs and release date
Everything you need to know about the all-new, second-generation Range Rover Evoque, which promises improved practicality, efficiency and technology to go with the familiar style...
On sale Spring 2019 Price from £31,600
What do you do when it’s time to replace something that has proved successful beyond your wildest dreams? That’s the question Land Rover faced with the Range Rover Evoque; the car we have here is its answer.
It may look like a facelifted version of the outgoing model, but everything you can see – and most of the stuff you can’t – is actually new. It’s just that with almost 800,000 cars sold in seven years and no sign of demand waning, Land Rover wasn’t about to jettison that winning styling.
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“We always have a desire to be radical and change things,” explains the brand’s chief design officer, Gerry McGovern, “but sometimes it’s important not to change. We’ve still moved the design on, but it’s smart evolution, not revolution.”
At the front, the Evoque has a cleaner look than before, aided by new super-slim LED headlights, while the indicators, both front and rear, now sweep in the direction you’re turning.
The rear lights are also joined together by a horizontal black bar that makes the Evoque appear wider than it actually is. Plus, all of the panel gaps are tighter than they were and the exterior door handles sit flush with the body, only sliding out when you unlock the car.
All of this hides a new platform that has been designed with electrification in mind.
2019 Range Rover Evoque interior
Differences between the old and new Evoque are more obvious inside, with the latter feeling a lot plusher, thanks to a leather-trimmed dashboard that borrows heavily from a model that costs half as much again: the Range Rover Velar.
A large touchscreen automatically hinges forward when you start the Evoque’s engine, placing menus for the sat-nav, stereo and phone settings within easy reach. Meanwhile, the whole lower centre console is also touch-sensitive, being used to operate secondary systems such as the climate control and off-road driving modes.
The downside of low-mounted touch panels of this sort is that they tend to be distracting to use while you’re driving, because they force you to take your eyes off the road to find the correct area to press. However, Land Rover also provides two rotary dials that change function depending on the menu selected and can be found by feel alone.
A third digital display, which replaces traditional instruments such as the speedo and rev counter and lets the driver customise the layout, completes the high-tech look.
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