The wraps have come off the new generation Evogue at its world premiere. The new Range Rover Evogue has been built grounds up on Land Rover’s new mixed metal premium traverse architecture and has been designed for hybrid electric power supplied by a 48 volt mild hybrid system.
Finbar McFall, Global Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Eight years ago we created a new segment and the world followed. Now we have redefined what it means to be a luxury compact SUV. With design and capability at its heart and the latest technology to hand, the new Range Rover Evogue meets your needs like never before and ensures you reach your destination, no matter the conditions.”
The new generation Evogue hasn’t strayed too far away from the 1st generation that’s been around since 2010. The SUV remains identical in its iconic shape but borrows a lot of its design cues from the larger Velar. The face now sports new slimmer matrix LED headlamps along with larger air inlets in the bumper. The side profile remains more or less the same but gets an increase in wheelbase by 21mm, another interesting detail are the flush door handles that pop out when the car is unlocked. At the rear too the styling lies unchanged accept for the new slimmer LED taillamps.
On the inside, the cabin sports a premium and uncluttered look with an emphasis on refinement and luxury. .The car gets two touchscreens one for the Touch Pro 10 inch infotainment system and one for the air con control. The new Evogue also gets a steeply raked 12.3 inch instrument cluster and heads up display.
Easing Convience and space the large centre console is now able to hold carry bags, umbrellas and tablets. The twin sliding armrests and the door pockets can hold large 1.5 litre water bottles. There’s also more leg and knee room for occupants that has been achieved in response to the increase in wheelbase by 21mm along with more foot space under each seat a result of new seat mounting points.
In terms of new technology and features the new generation Evogue comes with many segment first features such as Clear Sight and Ground view technology. It also comes with 16 way seat adjust Touch Pro duo system and Cabin ionization.
Clear Sight is a segment first rear view mirror which transforms into a HD video screen incase it detects rear visibility is compromised due to tall passengers or bulky items. The driver can simply flick a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car immediately displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition through wider 50-degree field of vision and superior visibility in low light.
Ground view technology actually 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. Other features alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems include Adaptive cruise control with steering adjust, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Driver Condition Monitor are all available to keep occupants safe.
Under the bonnet of the 2020 Evogue are a six Ingenium four-cylinder powertrains, with three petrol and diesel variants Leaving the base diesel trim aside, all the other variants come mated to a 9-speed ZF gearbox, four wheel drive and 48 volt mild hybrid electric technology.
The 48-volt mild hybrid electric technology harvests energy normally lost during deceleration and stores it in the underfloor battery at speeds below 17kmph, while braking the engine shuts off to minimize emissions thus delivering fuel composition and tailpipe emissions to as low as 50.4mpg. The mild hybrid technology will be joined by a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle model in 2019.
Dave Skipper, Land Rover Hybrid System Integration Manager, said: “Electrification is central to future mobility solutions and mild hybrids are the first step on this path. An MHEV need never be charged and delivers real-world fuel consumption reductions that benefit almost all Evogue buyers. And for those customers that want silent Range Rover refinement, a plug-in hybrid model will be available within 12 months.”
Combining on road composure with all terrain capability the new Evogue comes with ultrasonic sensors located in the door mirrors. the ultrasonic sensors detect and alert the driver should the water approach the Evogue’s class leading water wading depth of 600mm. An optional Wade Sensing tech is also on offer, the system proves invuable in navigating safely through floods and water crossings.
Range Rover has added Smart Settings, a system that uses artificial intelligence algorithms to understand the driver’s preference and acts as an onboard butler.JLR hasn’t disclosed any plans on when the new Evogue will make it to India but when it does expect it to create quite a stir with the Mercedes Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60.