Land Rover’s held the U.S. debut of the 2020 Range Rover Evoque at the Chicago Auto Show in February.
This marks the second generation of the Evoque, the original having been introduced in 2011 as Land Rover’s first small crossover in the Range Rover lineup. It was designed to compete with other small luxury SUVs like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 but surpassed those vehicles in one key area: off-road capability.
The Evoque has been a huge seller for us and for Land Rover on the whole so we can’t wait to see what the new car is like to drive. The new Evoque will have two powertrain options, the first being a 246-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, not unlike the engine in its predecessor. New for this generation is a mild hybrid option, combined with the turbo four-cylinder for a combined output of 296 horsepower. The only available transmission is a nine-speed automatic. Fear not outdoor enthusiasts: the Evoque is more capable than ever before. Available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive setups, it’s up to almost any driving conditions you can throw at it. New for this year is the addition of Land Rover Terrain Response 2 which automatically detects the surface the Evoque is being driven on, and adjusts drive settings accordingly.
Outside, the new Evoque incorporates design cues that we first saw on the Range Rover Velar last year. Slim LED headlamps and taillamps bookend sleek lines; flowing all the better along the Evoque’s profile with the addition of flush door handles. An extended wheelbase gives a welcome bump in rear leg room and cargo space is up 10%, partially due to the Evoque’s compact rear suspension design. Step inside to find Land Rover’s twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. We loved its implementation in the Velar and its inclusion here is sure to update the previous Evoque’s cabin.
Also new is a high-definition video screen and camera system that replaces the rear-view mirror for improved rearward visibility. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are nice additions as well. Up front, the new Evoque benefits from what Land Rover is calling Ground View technology. Utilizing cameras in each door mirror, the system is able to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front bumper. We could see this being incredibly useful maneuvering tight parking spaces or rutted off-road terrain. On the safety side of things, all Evoques now come standard with Land Rover’s suite of active safety features. That includes adaptive cruise control with steering assist: a must for reducing fatigue on long highway trips.
With all the improvements Land Rover has made with the new Evoque, all signs point to the new car being a massive success, just like its older sibling. The 2020 Range Rover Evoque will be shipping this spring. It will be available in the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts market at Jake Kaplan’s Land Rover in Warwick