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It’s here: all new Range Rover Evoque comes with a roomier cabin, bigger boot and five doors only

By Paul Connolly

The second generation Range Rover Evoque has landed, with a raft of innovations designed to banish any lingering criticism of the ‘baby’ 4x4.

Out go the three door models, the all-new Evoque is five-door only, and in comes a roomier cabin and bigger boot.

Also in are new efficient engines, mild hybrid technology, better efficiency, a cleaner design and improved driving dynamics thanks to Jaguar-Land Rover’s new manufacturing platform and its all-new ‘Premium Transverse Architecture’, which is aimed at offering smaller models greater flexibility including electric powerplants.

Amongst the other highlights, the new Evoque offers:

  • A “more charismatic” drive, with agile handling said to be responsive to both tight city streets and off-road terrain with an innovative Terrain Response 2 technology
  • Greater efficiency: three and four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, hybrid-electric power, 48-volt mild-electric hybrid (MHEV) and a 3-cylinder PHEV (all-electric) powerplants
  • Always connected: Apple CarPlay for smartphones, in-vehicle 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and InControl Remote to connect you to the vehicle
  • Modernist design: eye-catching new design with a more premium cabin offering a “calming sense of wellbeing” with higher quality materials
  • More space: there’s now with more knee-room for rear passengers and greater luggage space
  • Command visibility: Range Rover says they have deployed the world’s first ground view technology that makes the bonnet invisible
  • Digital rear view: a high-definition video screen revolutionises the rear view mirror
  • Self-learning: the car’s Smart Settings uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn driver preferences and get the cabin ready for your journey - this is part of the increasing ability of cars to self-drive (although it will take some time for people, the law and insurance to catch up).

The new Evoque is available to order now, with the range priced from £31,600.

Range Rover boasts that it pioneered the luxury compact SUV market with the Evoque, which has racked up global sales of over 772,096 (20% of which has been sold in the UK).

UK Jaguar Land Rover boss Rawdon Glover said: "The Range Rover Evoque has been a phenomenal UK success over the past seven years.

“It's proven very popular with customers from a broad range of segments with more than 60% of them being new to the Land Rover marque.

"With a fifth of global retails being in the UK, I am extremely confident this will be a great second album taking Evoque to a new level of refinement, luxury and sustainability while preserving all the charm of the first model which defined the compact SUV market back in 2011."

The new design is described as an evolution of the distinctive coupe-like silhouette of the original, with its distinctive fast roofline and rising waist.

It’s proportions are amplified by pronounced shoulders and powerful wheel arches housing new 21-inch alloys.

Super-slim Matrix LED headlamps have been added, plus flush door handles and weeping directional indicators create a purposeful signature.

The cabin gets a significant makeover, with higher quality materials and clean lines combining to give a luxury-yet-minimalist effect, whilst accentuating the digital nature of modern day driving.

 Technical textiles that use recycled plastics are offered as premium alternatives to leather, such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Miko Dinamica suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics options.

New tech like a twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system, 16-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation are offered to give a better cabin experience.

Chief designer Gerry McGovern said: “When Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs and the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey.

“This characterful vehicle combines refinement and fun to create that all important emotional reaction that will turn heads and make people smile.”

Land Rover’s new mixed-material Premium Transverse Architecture offers up more interior space than before.

A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease.

Luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.

The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards.

The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery.

Available across the range (when specified with automatic gearbox) of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the mild hybrid delivers CO2 emissions from as low as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4mpg (based on the new NEDC Equivalent WLTP test procedure).

If the customer chooses the 150PS diesel engine with front wheel drive, Evoque only emits 143g/km.

An all-electric model and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range next year.

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