- The Range Rover Evoque will enter into its second generation.
- The test mule of the new Evoque has been spotted on many occasions already.
- Will make its way to India soon, perhaps by end-2019.
Range Rover took a big leap when they introduced the Evoque back in 2011 as a compact SUV and it turned out to be a runaway success. The cheeky styling of the current Evoque didn’t age even after seven years but more importantly, the Evoque helped transform Land Rover altogether. And now there is a new one coming. The British marque has teased the second-generation Evoque with wire sculpture showcasing the silhouette of the SUV and also have installed it across various location in London. The official reveal is slated to happen next week on 22 November.
The wire sculpture is made by the same team which designed the new-gen Evoque and it gives out no details whatsoever as to how the new one will look like. But as we have spotted the test mules of it already on many occasions, we can make a calculated guess that the new Evoque will take its design cues from the stylish Velar. It will be underpinned by the heavily updated version of the current car's D8 architecture (which also influenced the OMEGA platform of the Harrier). And given how capable the platform is, the new Evoque will continue to be a capable off-roader while being a most stylish looking SUV in its segment.
In terms of design, we can expect chunky headlights with characteristic mesh grille. The coupe-like silhouette will be retained while the taut rear will have high-placed svelte taillights. Apart from the styling, most of the Velar’s features and equipment will make their way into the baby Land Rover. The cabin will get the dual touchscreen, digital instrument binnacle with a host of driver aids and added comfort features. The overall dimensions won’t be changed, so the cabin space will remain the same as the outgoing model.
It is understood that the Evoque will be the first Land Rover to get an electrified powertrain but we guess that will come later. At the reveal, the new Evoque’s powertrain options will include the new range of turbocharged petrol and diesel Ingenium engines mated to the ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic gearbox. The hybrid variant will be a 48V system mated to the 1.5-litre three-pot motor.
It is uncertain whether the two-door version of the Evoque will be introduced with the second generation, but we can expect the Cabriolet version to come around in a few years’ time. Following its global debut, we can expect the new-gen Evoque to promptly make its way to India which will happen perhaps at the end of next year.