New Range Rover Evoque to debut mild hybrids ahead of PHEV
Land Rover has unveiled the second-generation Range Rover Evoque, which will introduce a new platform and styling along with mild hybrid engine tech from the outset and a plug-in hybrid version in the longer term.
Available in 127 countries, the latest model is the first in the carmaker’s line-up to be built on the new Premium Transverse Architecture, which brings similar dimensions but with extra interior space as well as increased luggage space, which rises from 591 litres to a maximum 1,383 litres.
Importantly, the new platform has been developed for electrification and enables Land Rover’s first use of mild hybrid technology. The 48V system is available across the line-up of Ingenium 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, bar the manual version of the entry-level 148bhp diesel – which is also the only front-wheel drive model. The technology stores energy normally lost while braking and uses it to assist the engine while accelerating. In addition, at speeds below 11mph (17km/h), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes.
The result is improved efficiency; NEDC Correlated emissions start from 149g/km for mild hybrid AWD versions while the FWD manual diesel without mild hybrid tech starts from 143g/km.
The full engine range from launch covers 150hp, 180hp and 240hp versions of the four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel and 200hp, 250hp and 300hp versions of the petrol unit.
A three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range next year along with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model based on the petrol unit but no details have been revealed.
The new Evoque also introduces latest off-road technology, including a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect technology to switch to front-wheel drive when cruising on motorways in order to save fuel. The Evoque also features the Terrain Response 2 technology first seen on the full-size Range Rover – which automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts the set-up accordingly – and can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).
Onboard tech includes a ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ – billed as a segment first – that transforms into an HD video screen and displays what’s behind the vehicle.
It also features ‘world-first’ Ground View technology, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle.
The latest Evoque also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration. And marks the first Land Rover with Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preference and acts as ‘an onboard butler’ to adjust seat position, music and climate settings and even steering column preferences.