Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Range Rover Evoque gets hybrid tech to cut emissions

Range Rover Evoque gets hybrid tech to cut emissions

2020 new Range Rover Evoque will debut officially at 21.45 Kyiv time, but two hours before the ceremony to images leaked on Instagram.

Engine-wise, for now there will be mild hybrid petrol and diesel versions, with a plug-in hybrid expected within 12 months. Land Rover even plans to offer some kind of electric or hybrid version for its entire lineup by 2020.

Following an investment of almost £1 billion (about $1.28B at current exchange rates), the baby Range Rover is billed by its creator as being an all-new model even though previous reports had stated the vehicle would use an updated version of the outgoing model's platform. At speeds below 17 km/h, the engine is created to shut off while the brakes are applied.

South Africans don't have much of a wait, with the first units scheduled to reach our shores in early 2019, and Land Rover has already opened the local configurator, although pricing has yet to be announced.

The 2020 Evoque is more than just a pretty face as Land Rover has crammed a lot of technology into its posh crossover. Up to 33kg of its kerb weight is made up of renewable or recycled materials, while the United Kingdom factory that builds them is also reducing its environmental impact with Carbon dioxide emissions from production nearly halved since 2007. Both engines are bolted to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

All-new Range Rover Evoque revealed

The new Evoque will be available with a range of 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with power outputs of 148-296 BHP. The most fuel efficient mild-hybrid diesel version has Carbon dioxide emissions of 149 g/km, Land Rover said. The Evoque also comes with a new dual touchscreen layout seen on its more expensive siblings. Below 11mph, the engine shuts off while the driver applies the brakes, and then when pulling away, the stored energy helps with acceleration and reducing fuel consumption.

Out of the gate there's a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines (197bhp, 247bhp and 296bhp petrol and 148bhp, 178bhp and 237bhp diesel) with a three-cylinder 1.5 litre turbo petrol to come next year, and it will also be available with an electric motor for the first plug-in hybrid Evoque.

All-wheel drive and an updated version of the Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect maintain the Evoque's off-road performance. Should fording streams be your thing, know that the new Evoque can also now wade through water up to 600 millimeters, up from the previous 500.

The Evoque is available with the same twin-screen Touch Pro Duo as used by the Velar, which positions two 10-inch touchscreens above one another on the central dash.

The Evoque has also been packed with new technology headlined by the world-first Ground View feature. This technology also delivers clearer visibility in low light conditions. There is smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as optional Click & Go rear-seat tablet holders with charging capability, a 4G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices and six USB slots located throughout the cabin.

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