Range Rover has revealed the 'all-new' (similar-looking) 2019 Evoque, headlined by fresh technology, a redesigned cabin, and the availability of a mild-hybrid powertrain.
There's new, slimmer LED head- and tail-lights, new alloy wheel designs up to 21 inches in diameter, and flush door handles – very swish.
Land Rover says exterior panel gaps have been reduced to demonstrate "the level of craftsmanship the brand's designers and engineers have worked to achieve", while two new colours have been added to the extensive exterior palette: Seoul Pearl Silver and Nolita Grey, the latter unique to the First Edition variant offered at launch.
It's pretty similar in size to its predecessor, too, measuring 4371mm long, 1996mm wide and 1648mm tall – for reference, the outgoing model is 4370mm long, 1985mm wide, and 1635mm tall.
The new model also rides on a 2682mm wheelbase, which is a 22mm increase over the old version.
Under the skin, Land Rover has developed a new mixed-metal 'Premium Transverse Architecture', which also supports electrification – we'll get to that a little later.
According to the British marque, there's improved knee room for rear passengers, along with increased small-item storage up front. Luggage space has also improved by 6.0 per cent to 610L, up from the previous-generation's 575L.
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With the 40:20:40 rear seat backs folded, that area opens up to 50.5cu-ft (1430L) – which, oddly, is 15L down on the outgoing model's quote.
Speaking of the interior, the Evoque now offers the company's Touch Pro Duo dual-screen infotainment system (optional on some models) already rolled out across the brand's larger models, combining two 10.0-inch touchscreens in a stacked design.
The large glass areas on the centre stack are juxtaposed with two physical rotary dials on the lower tier, which can be used to toggle functions like temperature for the climate control system.
A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is available for the first time in conjunction with the dual-screen infotainment system, while a full-colour head-up display is also offered.
The new Evoque adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality for the first time, too, with other available features including clip-on tablet holders for the rear seats, a 4G WiFi hotspot (for up to eight devices), and six USB ports scattered throughout the cabin.
Other new technology features include a new ClearSight Ground View system, allowing drivers to get a 'Transparent Bonnet' view under the front of the vehicle using cameras mounted on the grille and under the mirrors, along with a new ClearSight mirror which turns into a live video feed at the flip of a switch. It's similar to systems already employed by Nissan and Subaru to give a high-definition view out the rear of the car when the contents of the boot or rear passengers obstruct vision.
Standard active safety features for the North American market include autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, driver condition monitor, and a rear-view camera. Adaptive cruise control with Steering Assist will be optional, which acts as a semi-autonomous system that keeps the vehicle in the centre of the lane and keeps a constant distance with the vehicle in front while also offering a stop&go function for heavy traffic conditions.
Land Rover has also debuted its new Smart Settings technology on the new-gen Evoque, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver's habits over time, setting up the seat and steering column position on approach using configurable profiles that can be synchronised with the key fob.
The new Evoque is also the first model across the Land Rover and Range Rover line-ups to support wireless software updates to the infotainment and vehicle systems.
In terms of the materials, an array of seat trims and cabin ornamental inserts – including several sustainably-sourced trimmings, like a leather alternative combining wool and suede made from 53 recycled plastic bottles per vehicle. This particular material was developed by Danish textile experts, Kvadrat.
There's also a new Eucalyptus textile made from natural fibres that use less water while growing, alongside a new lightweight 'performance material' that isn't sourced from animals.
Continuing the eco-friendly theme, the new Evoque will be available with a mild-hybrid powertrain for the first time, which utilises 48V technology that can shut the combustion engine off at speeds below 17km/h under braking to save fuel and store kinetic energy in the on-board battery.
The system features a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, boasting system outputs of 221kW at 5500rpm and 400Nm from 1500-4500rpm.
Range Rover will also offer the 183kW/365Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol on its own as the entry-level offering in North America, with both powertrain variants paired exclusively to a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission with on-demand all-wheel drive. The mild-hybrid version adds an Active Driveline which acts as a torque-vectoring system between the front and rear axles.
The two petrol variants are the only ones that have been detailed so far in the North American-focused press kit, but we're expecting additional petrol and diesel variants to be announced for European and Australian models.
Bring a Range Rover, the Evoque comes equipped with a 'Terrain Response 2' system as standard, offering several modes for various surfaces, including a new automatic mode that adjusts on the fly. The new Evoque also claims a wading depth of 600mm – not that most buyers will be using it regularly, bar the odd flash flood.
Further details for the North American market will be announced at the Evoque's US debut at the 2019 Chicago motor show in February, with specifications for other markets also due in the coming months.
Land Rover's local division has confirmed with CarAdvice it expects the new-generation Evoque to hit local showrooms "late in the second quarter", indicating a May or June launch.
Full pricing and specifications will be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.
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