Land Rover is adding fuel-saving plug-in and mild hybrid powertrains to the new-generation Range Rover Evoque that was unveiled here on Thursday. The mild-hybrid powertrain is a first for the Land Rover brand and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery.
The vehicle is about the same size as the original - which has accounted for one in four Land Rover sales in the past eight years - and retains a coupe-like silhouette, while offering 10 percent more bag space and extra knee room. The hybrid system turns off the engine at speeds below 17 km/h and offered an additional torque of 140 Nm.
CO2 emissions are said to range between 143g/km and 186g/km.
A high-output 296-hp MHEV Ingenium gasoline engine with updated technologies powers the vehicle, and the ZF nine-speed automatic transmission has been recalibrated to provide a smoother driving experience on a variety of terrains.
All six launch engines are 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder units, including three diesels - 110kW/380Nm D150, 132kW/430Nm D180 and 177kW/500Nm D240 - and three petrols - 147kW/320Nm P200, 184kW/365Nm P250 and 221kW/400Nm P300.
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Land Rover haven't neglected the Evoque's all terrain capabilities either.
The Evoque features all-wheel drive as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with driveline disconnect to improve efficiency. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration.
"Our commitment to United Kingdom production remains firm and the new Evoque benefits from a £1bn investment".
Full local pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the new Evoque's local arrival in the second quarter of 2019.
The Range Rover Evoque will move to a modernized version of the D8 platform used Jaguar E-Pace.
In fact, Volvo is also set to take advantage of this special rate for the XC40 as a 1.5-litre three-cylinder hybrid with plug-in facility is in the pipeline. The Evoque can also wade through water up to 600mm deep, which is 100mm more from the first-generation model. The Evoque also comes with new technologies like the optional twin touchscreen, InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, featuring new, faster software, 16-way seat controls, and cabin air ionization. The controls for the HVAC system also appeared to be of the touch-sensitive variety in the same vein as they are on the aforementioned Velar. It also provides a much wider 50-degree field of view. For example, I balanced the vehicle on a narrow set of rails with the assistance of ClearSight Ground View, which stitches feeds from three cameras located in the side mirrors and grille to make the front of the auto "vanish" and deliver a high-resolution look at what is happening under and around you.