Look for it crawling across the dirt at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

Compact luxury crossovers are all the rage these days, and Land Rover is taking advantage with a second generation for the Range Rover Evoque. The updated premium high-rider just dropped onto U.S. shores at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and it’s looking to mate green tech and top-shelf amenities with rough-stuff capability.

A Familiar Face, Now Prepped For The U.S.

The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Adds Extra Luxury and Mild-Hybrid Power to the Off-Roader Segment
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The Evoque was originally revealed in November of 2018 at a special event in London. Now the updated compact crossover is at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show to strut its stuff and tempt buyers with a combination of elegance and capability.

It all starts outside, where we find the very latest Land Rover design language.

The Evoque looks to update the original’s design, but keep the aesthetic familiar for fans.

That means it once again draws from the Range Rover Velar while maintaining its compact dimensions, offering up a coupe-like profile, thin headlight housings, and a striking window and belt line. The front end is neatly rounded, and there are plenty of clean lines throughout.

This time around, the Evoque offers up a longer wheelbase, which improves the overall interior space. The interior design was updated as well, and now looks much more luxurious thanks to a relocated touchscreen and reshaped center console. You’ll also find a few extra storage bits here and there.

On the infotainment front, buyers can opt into the InControl Touch Pro Duo system, which offers twin 10-inch touchscreens on the center console. There’s also a 12.3-inch screen in the gauge cluster, and as many as six USB ports. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection keeps you online all the time.

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However, one of the biggest headlines here can be found under the hood, where Land Rover added a new mild hybrid-electric powertrain option. Starting with the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the hybrid Evoque gains a 48-volt powertrain system that scavenges electricity when braking, sending the extra electrons to a battery pack mounted under the floor. The system can even switch to an all-electric drive mode when traveling under 11 mph to help save gas.

Output is rated at 296 horsepower for the hybrid, while the standard model (which mounts a non-electrified 2.0-liter four-cylinder) makes 246 horsepower.

Yep, that’s right - you get a whopping 50 extra ponies by going green. Not too shabby.

The rest of the drivetrain includes a nine-speed automatic transmission from ZF and all-wheel drive system, both of which are standard equipment. It’s also worth noting that the all-wheel drive system includes a Driveline Disconnect feature that can switch between all-wheel grip when you need it, and two-wheel efficiency when you don’t, all on the fly and without user inputs. Smart stuff.

The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Adds Extra Luxury and Mild-Hybrid Power to the Off-Roader Segment
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Of course, being a Land Rover, the Evoque also makes some pretty big claims with regards to its off-road worthiness. Part of this includes the Adaptive Dynamics program that will adjust the damper settings by reading the road surface ahead. There’s also something called the ClearSight Ground View feature, which allows the driver to see “through” the hood and observe what’s directly in front of the car with a 180-degree real-time feed relayed directly to the upper touchscreen.

Another neat tech trick is the Smart Settings feature, which will learn the driver’s habits and automatically adjust settings for the climate control, seat position, and stereo.

Interested buyers will have five trims to choose from, listed below in ascending order based on price:

  • S
  • SE
  • R-Dynamic S
  • R-Dynamic SE
  • R-Dynamic HSE

There’s also a First Edition model on offer.

Pricing starts at $42,650, while the First Edition is $56,850.

Go for the hybrid, and you’re looking at a price tag between $46,600 to $55,800, which means the more-powerful hybrid is $4,000 more than the non-hybrid. It’s also worth mentioning that the new model is $850 more than the outgoing model.

Sales kick off this spring. When it’s released, the Evoque will compete with crossovers like the Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3.

Elegance In The Dirt

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While the Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3 are both nice places to sit, the Evoque is definitely the one I’d go for when traversing the great outdoors.

It appears as though the Evoque was designed for both city dwelling and rural exploration, and a lot of the appeal is the idea it will be comfortable and at home anywhere you go.

Range Rover wants buyers to see the Evoque as cool, stylish, high-tech, and capable off the beaten path.

That much is evident from the model’s debut in Chicago, which included a concert by Solo and Jamie Woods, a brother and sister R&B band. The debut also featured a Chicago-based luxury fashion brand and a sneak peek at an upcoming Chicago-inspired film and U.S. marketing campaign for the Evoque.

Range Rover is even offering exclusive wireless headphones from Master & Dynamic to those who place an early reservation, which are designed to look similar to the new crossover.

On top of all this, the Evoque rides high in Chicago thanks to an indoor off-road course experience inside the convention center itself.

The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Adds Extra Luxury and Mild-Hybrid Power to the Off-Roader Segment
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As the least-expensive Range Rover in the lineup, the compact Evoque has a lot riding on it. The brand needs to sell a bunch of these, especially with Jaguar Land Rover recently posting big losses as demand in China starts to fall off.

The addition of hybrid tech is particularly interesting, and sure to be seen elsewhere in the segment going forward. After all, a crossover is supposed to do it all, so why not add fuel efficiency to the list? Merc is already doing it with the GLC, while BMW is prepping a hybrid X3 as well.

Extra mpg is great and all, but we wanna see how the electric power helps off-road. Stay tuned.

Further Reading

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Read our full review on the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

2019 Chicago Auto Show - Everything You Need To Know
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2019 Chicago Auto Show - Everything You Need To Know

Today at the Chicago Auto Show, Land Rover revealed the next generation Range Rover Evoque for the first time in the U.S. In true Land Rover fashion, the new Range Rover Evoque made its dynamic debut on an indoor off-road experience course at the McCormick Place convention center.

Chicago-based, brother-sister R&B artists, Solo and Jaime Woods provided a live soundtrack to the debut of the Range Rover Evoque and stayed on hand to entertain guests throughout the luncheon that followed.

Angela Brantley and Rhea Fernandez, founders of Chicago-based luxury fashion brand, HERO/BLACK, were also in attendance to help celebrate the debut of the vehicle.

During the reveal, Land Rover offered a sneak peek at a Chicago-inspired film, featuring local photographer trashhand, that will be part of a future US marketing campaign for the Range Rover Evoque.

Land Rover has also teamed up with premium audio company Master & Dynamic to create exclusive MW07 Wireless Earphones to be offered with early reservations of the new Range Rover Evoque. Each pair is made from handcrafted acetate inspired by the launch colors of the new Range Rover Evoque, featuring a unique grille pattern in copper and silver accents. The wireless earphones connect via Bluetooth® to personal devices and are housed in a polished stainless steel wireless charging case to deliver the ultimate mobile listening experience. For more information visit www.masteranddynamic.com

The Range Rover Evoque is priced from $42,6501, and is available in five trim levels: S, SE, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE, with an additional First Edition model available for the first year only.

The 2020 Range Rover Evoque compact luxury SUV made its global debut in London in November 2018, and features an all new design language, advanced driver assistance technologies, a new hybrid-electric powertrain option and groundbreaking off-road technologies. Building on the original model’s instantly-recognizable design, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the original’s distinctive coupe-like silhouette.

The new Range Rover Evoque will be available from launch with a 48-volt MHEV powertrain that harvests energy normally lost during deceleration and stores it in the underfloor battery. The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first vehicle to feature ‘ClearSight Ground View’ technology, which is designed to allow the driver to virtually see through the hood and under the front end of the vehicle by projecting a 180-degree view of the ground onto the vehicle’s upper touchscreen2.

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