Jaguar Land Rover has introduced the all-new Range Rover Evoque complete with a new 48-volt mild hybrid system.
It’s out with the old and in with the new for 2019, or in the case of some luxury brands, they’re skipping 2019 and heading straight into 2020. That’s what JLR is planning for their all-new redesigned Range Rover Evoque.
Makes you think they know something about 2019 that we don’t.
You won’t notice a whole lot of difference on the outside for Range Rover’s entry-level compact crossover. The overall shape remains the same, with the large windshield tapering down to a barely perceptible rear windshield. The roof and hood remain mostly unchanged, but from there we get into a true cosmetic makeover.
On the front, you can barely recognize the Evoque. A new grille, new headlights, new bumper, and new side air intakes completely transform the front fascia. The flanks of the Evoque are transformed too, with flush door handles and fewer lines to bulk out the tiny SUV. Out back, the taillights have seen a redesign that connects each end with a big black bar riding just above the license plate.
As nice as the outer touches are, the big news is all under the hood. The new 2020 Evoque features a 48v mild hybrid powertrain that connects a belt-integrated starter generator to the engine to harvest waste energy. Whenever the Evoque brakes it’ll turn that waste heat and friction into power that it can store in the floor-mounted battery.
With the 2.0-L turbo Ingenium 4-cylinder pumping out 246 hp, the hybrid motor kicks out another 50 horses for a combined 296 horsepower.
On the inside of the cabin, things are even more spectacularly new. The entire center console has been swapped out for a single enormous touchscreen that even tilts outward so the driver can get a better view while driving. The instrument cluster is now a single enormous screen that displays all pertinent driver into, while the leather styling has been replaced with a pair of environmentally friendly options: a eucalyptus-derived textile as one or a Kvadrat wool blend as the other.
There are even more toys being hidden here, but we’ll have to wait for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show to learn more. We’ll also have to wait until then for pricing, which is sure to be more expensive than the current $41,800.