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Range Rover Evoque Gets a Stylish Redesign for 2020

Consumer Reports logo Consumer Reports 11/22/2018 Keith Barry
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The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque’s unique looks have gone largely unchanged since the SUV’s 2010 debut. Now the stylish model is getting an almost total redesign, unveiled today in London. This 2020 model will ride on a new platform, as it gets a new exterior inspired by its Velar stablemate. An optional mild-hybrid powertrain will also be available.

When it first went on sale, the original Evoque looked unlike anything else on the road. Now that other automakers have caught up, the 2020 model goes even further, with sharply angled side windows and flush door handles. Land Rover won’t say whether the unusual coupe and convertible configurations of the earlier generation have been discontinued.

The new Evoque still will have to overcome the old vehicle’s reputation for poor reliability, confusing controls, and a choppy ride. With a new suspension and engine, and a recalibrated transmission, it appears the automaker is attempting to address some of those problems.

The 2020 Range Rover Evoque will make its U.S. debut in February at the Chicago Auto Show. Pricing and an on-sale date have yet to be announced. 
 

Outside

The 2020 Range Rover Evoque is the first vehicle built on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture platform, which was designed to support hybrid, electric, and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. Land Rover says it made the new Evoque’s structure stiffer in part to reduce noise and vibration, deficiencies our testers took issue with on the old version.

Land Rover says the new Evoque has the same footprint as the outgoing vehicle, but it gets a longer wheelbase that allows for more nooks and crannies for cabin storage, 6 percent more rear cargo room, and 0.8 inch more rear-seat legroom. Ground clearance is 8.3 inches, and Land Rover says the new SUV can wade through water up to 23.6 inches deep.

Optional 21-inch wheels will fill out the aggressive wheel arches, slim LEDs provide front and rear illumination, and flush door handles pop out when the car is unlocked—just as they do on the Velar. An optional R-Dynamic package will add copper accents.

Although the rear window appears to be small enough to hinder visibility, Land Rover is offering what it calls a ClearSight Rear View Mirror, which displays a wide-angle video feed from the rear of the car in the rearview mirror. It’s similar to systems offered by Cadillac and GMC.
 

Inside

Although the specs of the U.S.-bound Evoque have yet to be finalized, Land Rover announced that the new vehicle will offer some premium nonleather seating surfaces and trim materials.

Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is available. It uses two touch screens to control most vehicle functions, and CR testers found it finicky and confusing in the Velar. The Evoque finally gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility for 2020.

Door pockets have been redesigned to fit water bottles, and there’s new storage behind one of the touch screens. A panoramic sunroof is available, as are USB chargers and tablet holders for rear-seat passengers. 
 

What Drives It

For 2020, the Range Rover Evoque is still powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, but it's a new one that’s used in the Jaguar E-Pace. The nine-speed transmission has been recalibrated and updated.

For the first time, Land Rover will offer 48-volt mild hybrid technology on the Evoque, which includes a lithium-ion battery and regenerative braking. At speeds below 11 mph, the engine will shut off to save fuel, and run off of the battery. To save fuel, the driveline fully disconnects from the rear wheels at cruising speeds unless all-wheel drive is needed. Land Rover has yet to release fuel-economy estimates.

The automaker says a new suspension will increase the Evoque’s ride comfort. The optional Adaptive Dynamics system uses continuously variable dampers to keep the vehicle steady over a variety of road imperfections.

Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system is now standard. It allows drivers to select preset driving modes that optimize traction and handling. Other off-road features—such as hill-descent control—are available. 
 

Safety and Driver-Assist Systems

The Evoque is likely to feature standard automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist. Adaptive cruise control and lane centering assist are optional.

New for 2020 is ClearSight Ground View, which uses cameras to give drivers a virtual view “through” the hood of the vehicle on the Evoque’s touch-screen display to help drivers keep those fancy wheels from hitting curbs. Along with the LED rearview mirror, these systems may help drivers deal with what could be limited visibility.
 

CR's Take

We hope that the 2020 Evoque’s new platform, suspension, and upgraded powertrain will solve some of the old car’s road noise, ride, and reliability problems. But we’re concerned that Land Rover’s increased focus on style may detract from visibility.  

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