New Range Rover Evoque gets mild-hybrid and plug-in tech
The new, second-generation Range Rover Evoque will feature mild-hybrid technology across nearly its entire engine line-up from launch, while a plug-in hybrid powertrain will join the range in the next 12 months.
Land Rover unveiled the revised car in London last week, together with full details of its engine technology. Apart from the entry-level 150PS 2.0-litre front-wheel-drive diesel engine, which comes with a manual gearbox, all petrols and diesels in the range will incorporate the mild-hybrid system and automatic transmission. These include 150, 180 and 240PS four-wheel-drive diesels, along with 200, 250 and 300PS four-wheel-drive petrols.
The range starts at £31,600, with mild-hybrid technology becoming available at £35,100. Pricing for the forthcoming plug-in version has yet to be confirmed.
New Range Rover Evoque mild hybrid
The mild hybrid system harvest energy lost during deceleration, using a 'starter generator' mounted on the engine. This energy is stored in a battery, with a much larger capacity than a regular petrol or diesel car's under-bonnet battery.
At under 11mph, the engine shuts off completely when you hit the brakes, and when you pull away, energy stored in the battery is used to assist with acceleration, thus reducing fuel consumption. Claimed CO2 emissions for engines equipped with this setup start at 149g/km, with fuel economy starting at 50.4mpg.
New Range Rover Evoque PHEV
Land Rover says a more efficient plug-in hybrid version of the new Evoque will arrive in 2019, along with a three-cylinder petrol variant. Land Rover already offers plug-in hybrid versions of the larger Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs, and it's reasonable to assume the plug-in Evoque will use a development of their technology.
New Range Rover Evoque features
Elsewhere, the new Evoque features refreshed but not radically altered styling compared to its predecessor. Key exterior details include Matrix LED headlights, flush doorhandles and 'sweeping' indicators.
Inside, customers can pick from 'technical textiles' made from recycled plastic as an alternative to leather trim, while the dashboard is dominated by the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo infotainment system first seen on the larger Range Rover Velar.
A longer wheelbase promises more kneeroom and more cabin storage than before, as well as a larger boot capacity of 591 litres, increasing to 1,383 litres with the rear seats folded down.
In common with all Land Rover and Range Rover models, the new Evoque should boast significant all-terrain capability, with the brand's Terrain Response 2 system capable of setting the car up appropriately to deal with various different types of challenging ground. Wading depth has increased from 500 to 600mm, too.