WATCH: Landy's next-gen luxury urban SUV - stylish new Range Rover Evoque in SA

Image: Land Rover
Image: Land Rover

The next-generation Evoque builds on the strengths of its best-selling predecessor. Combining all-terrain ability with on-road composure, the Evoque’s new vehicle architecture, updated technologies and world-first features make it more comfortable, capable and connected than before.

Under the bonnet

Ingenium engines have been advanced with new technologies to make them quieter and more refined, while the ZF nine-speed automatic has been recalibrated to ensure a smoother, more progressive drive on all-terrains. 

South African customers have a choice of a 132kW diesel and 183kW petrol engines, while a 221kW plug-in hybrid will be added to the range early in 2020.

The diesel, badged D180, returns an average fuel consumption of 5.8-litres/100km and is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds. 

The P250-badged petrol returns a 7.4l/100km * average fuel consumption and sprints from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds.

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What's it like to drive?

Wheels24's Janine Van der Post is currently attending the launch and has this to say: "So far, we've only experienced the Evoque in its most natural habitat at the new Jaguar Land Rover Experience centre - an amazing 4x4 space in the urban jungle open to the public - for an intense 4x4 driving course in the dark.

"The new Evoque comes loaded with technology, much like its larger siblings. Performing hardcore off-road tasks comes naturally to this urban SUV and it handles the most daunting challenges with ease. This is thanks to driving assistant aides such as hill-descent and various driving modes which sets the vehicle up at the touch of a button for the correct road surface such as loose gravel or severe rugged terrain.

"My favourite event was performing a water crossing as the Evoque has an impressive 600mm wading depth. The SUV can also alert the driver as to when its reaching the maximum depth before disaster hits. Day 2 will see us tackling on-road driving in a 400km stint."

Premium interior

Inside, the finely crafted design integrates uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with carefully curated premium materials to create a luxurious, minimalist, digital cabin. Technical textiles that use recycled plastics are offered as premium alternatives to leather, such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Dinamica suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics options. 

The cabin includes technologies such as the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system, featuring new, faster software, 16-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation that complement the increased interior space.

There is 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. 

The luggage space is 10% larger (591 litres) as well as much wider, with space increasing to 1383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.

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With a 21mm longer wheelbase and compact new suspension design, the compact SUV delivers increased interior room and improved handling in all conditions. Integral Link rear suspension separates lateral and longitudinal forces to enhance body control and agility, providing greater comfort and confidence on the road. 

At the front, MacPherson strut Hydrobush front suspension features fluid-filled bushes to minimise the high-speed wheel vibration felt through the steering wheel. 

Terrain Response 2 is available as standard for the first time on new Evoque with All-Wheel Drive and automatic transmission. This allows drivers to choose from four modes (Comfort, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, and Mud & Ruts) to optimise performance and capability. The new Auto mode enables Evoque to select the most appropriate mode for the conditions and automatically adjust its torque delivery to suit the terrain.

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Ground clearance is 212mm, while approach and departure angles are 25 degrees in the front and 30.6 degrees in the rear. Evoque’s maximum wading depth of 600mm can be effectively monitored with optional Wade Sensing. Ultrasonic sensors in the exterior mirrors accurately measure the depth of the water, which is displayed on the central touchscreen.

The latest Evoque comes with a variety of all-terrain technologies such as Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control and All-Terrain Progress Control. Allied with assistance features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front, the latest Range Rover Evoque has all the credentials to go above and beyond. 

There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. Active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor are all available to keep occupants safe.

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Designed with a protective lip to prevent mud and water soiling the lens, there is also a hydrophobic coating that repels water spray. In the unlikely occurrence that the camera is ever obscured, drivers can change back to a traditional rear-view mirror at the flick of a switch.

Land Rover’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is central to the digital interior experience, combining two sleek 10-inch high-definition glass touchscreens, a 12.3" driver display behind the steering wheel and full-colour head-up display. 

The switches are easier and more intuitive to operate, allowing the driver to easily control a wide variety of technologies. There is smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, as well as Click & Go rear-seat tablet holders with charging capability, 4G WiFi hotspot (for up to eight devices) and six USB slots located throughout the cabin.

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An InControl Remote smartphone application allows customers to stay in touch with their Evoque, no matter where in the world they are. Customers can use their phone to find their vehicle or check the remaining fuel range, lock and unlock the vehicle remotely, as well as pre-heat or cool the cabin to the desired temperature.

Evoque is future-proofed, with wireless software updates to the infotainment and vehicle systems which means the compact luxury SUV continuously improves over time, without having to visit a retailer.

New Range Rover Evoque pricing:

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 - R734 300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 S - R784 300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 SE  - R843 800
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R-Dynamic S - R813 000
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R-Dynamic SE - R872 500
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R-Dynamic HSE - R920 200
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 First Edition - R945900
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250  - R776 300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 S - R826 300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 SE - R885 800
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R-Dynamic S - R855000
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R-Dynamic SE - R914500
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R-Dynamic HSE - R962 300
Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 First Edition - R987 900

*Based on WLTP test cycle. WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure) is the new process that has been phased in from 2017, which measures fuel, energy consumption, range and emissions in passenger vehicles in Europe. 

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