The Evoque was a bit of a surprise hit when it launched back in 2011 and Jaguar Land Rover will be hoping to repeat the trick with the all-new second-generation and it just might, being fortified with cutting-edge tech including two interesting segment firsts.
It really is all-new, the only parts JLR carried over from the previous model are the door hinges! Everything else, from the new Premium Traverse Architecture Platform to the software behind the infotainment system (which is both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible), is brand-new.
The revised exterior features super-slim Matrix LED headlights and taillights while the flush door handles help to keep the smooth looking profile intact. Panel gaps have been reduced but we’re not sure about the burnished copper accents that stretch from the bonnet line to the front doors. They’re fake, just like the gills on the Range Rover... 21in wheels are offered and overall, it retains the smart aesthetics of the original (the signature sloping roofline, clamshell bonnet and rising beltline) and on looks alone we reckon it’ll be snapped up — people even bought the convertible... But, there are other reasons why this will find happy homes, such as space; in spite of a near identical footprint to its predecessor, the newbie has more interior room thanks to a longer wheelbase which yields 20mm extra rear knee room while cargo space grows by 10 per cent (591 litres which increases to 1,383 when the 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded over) but it is the fancy tech that it packs, which really grabs attention.
Apart from the Touch Pro Duo system combining two 10.0in high-def glass touchscreens with a 12.3in display behind the steering wheel, a full-colour head-up display, and six USB slots located throughout the cabin as standard the highlight is the new ‘ClearSight Ground View’ system. It offers a view under the front of the vehicle over any terrain by projecting camera imagery onto one of the screens. This should come in handy when negotiating difficult parking spaces or tackling rough terrain. The other segment first is the new ‘ClearSight Rear View Mirror’ which doubles as an HD display that can show a live video feed of what’s behind the car.
A 296 horsepower and 400Nm of torque 48-volt mild-hybrid will be offered along with four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines in different states of tunes mated to a revised version of the ZF nine-speed auto but the new platform’s been developed with electrification in mind so aside from the combustion engines and hybrid, a plug-in hybrid will be coming soon. As you’d expect from a Land Rover, the Evoque will feel at home both on and off-road thanks to the second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect, Adaptive Dynamics, Terrain Response 2 (it automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts the set-up accordingly) and its ability to wade through water up to 600mm which is 100mm more than before.
With sleeker lines, lots of clever new gizmos, and sound off-road ability, the newbie should do very well again.