While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, Land Rover rolled out the all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque in London.
On the exterior, the Evoque has certainly not undergone a major stylistic change, with the new slim LED head- and tail-lights as the focal point of the new design. Flush door handles add a smooth feeling to the side of the Evoque, while R-Dynamic models get copper accents.
On the interior the Evoque uses new materials like Kvadrat wool blend and Dinamica suedecloth as an alternative to leather along with a Eucalyptus textile. A new twin 10-inch touchscreen InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system has been installed featuring faster software and new 16-way seat controls. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also part of the new infotainment package.
New technology on the inside includes the ClearSight Rear View mirror that is an HD video screen that uses a roof-mounted camera to look rearwards. The new Evoque is also the first Land Rover vehicle to employ ClearSight Ground View which will project a 180-degree view of the ground right in front of the vehicle onto the upper touchscreen.
Smart Settings is another new technology being used on the Range Rover Evoque, eabling the vehicle to learn the driver’s comfort and media preferences and adjust them throughout the drive. This includes things like seat position, steering column position, music and climate settings.
For the smoothest ride possible, the optional Adaptive Dynamics system continually monitors the road conditions every 100 milliseconds and will continually adjust the damper settings to offer the best possible ride in all conditions.
The footprint of the new model is nearly identical the old one, adding 0.8-inches to its wheelbase and 6 percent more cargo room, but the Evoque now has a new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture that was used to help support a new 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain. This helped to gain interioe space for passengers and cargo while the new architecture is about 13 percent stiffer than before.
The new mild-hybrid powertrain mates the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to a 48V hybrid system for a total of 296 horsepower. The system continually harvests energy and stores it in a floor-mounted battery, and even shuts off the engine at under 11 mph when decelerating to better save fuel and harvest energy. The standard engine is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder by itself which makes 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic.
All-wheel drive is standard on all Evoque models along with Driveline Disconnect for the most efficient use of the engine’s power. When cruising, the rear wheels will be disconnected so that less power is being used and thus less fuel being burned. The Terrain Response 2 system is also featured on all Evoques, adjusting the vehicles different attributes accordingly when different settings are chosen, including ECO, Sand, Grass/Gravel/Snow and Mud & Ruts. Water wading depth is up on the new model to 23.6-inches over the previous rating of 19.7-inches.
Ground clearance for the new model sits at 8.3-inches, approach angle measures in at 25 degrees and 30.6 degrees in the rear.
Details on the US launch date and pricing will be revealed when the 2020 Range Rover Evoque makes its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show in February.