2019 Range Rover Evoque: next-gen premium crossover revealed

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The 2019 Range Rover Evoque is officially here. Launched at a special event in London, the premium crossover is set to go on sale in spring 2019, priced from £31,600.

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It ushers in fresh styling, a new platform as well as new mild-hybrid tech and, as has been the case with hatchbacks of late, it will no longer be available in three-door form: only a five-door model will be offered.

At a glance, it doesn’t look like much has changed. But there’s a new set of LED headlights up front, a fresh set of bumpers and most notably a set of integrated door handles that are flush with the bodywork on the move – just like the Velar.

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A host of options will be available, with all models featuring 17in alloy wheels, with options up to 21in. The same colours as the outgoing model remain available, although Molita Grey and Seoul Pearl Silver have been added to the list.

The Velar influences continue on the inside, with a 12.3in digital instrument panel, plush leather trim and two 10in infotainment touch screens featuring on the most luxurious models. Entry-level models feature a 10in touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity, although you’ll have to plump for the Evoque S to get satnav and Apple CarPlay. S trim and above also feature their own wifi hotspot, too.

Range Rover Evoque 2019 interior

The Evoque SE and above features not one but two 10in touchscreens – one of which controls the air conditioning and climate control. At the top of the range is the HSE, which adds accoutrements like a Meridian sound system, a clever ClearSight rear-view mirror camera, radar cruise control and a set of 20in alloy wheels.

Boot space has risen to 591 litres with the seats in place, despite the new platform actually being a little shorter than the outgoing model. Fold them flat, and you’ll get an impressive 1,383 litres of capacity.

Range Rover Evoque 2019

Don’t let the rather mild styling tweaks fool you: the Evoque is completely new underneath, featuring up to 90% new components. Six powertrain options will be available in total – three 2.0-litre petrols and three 2.0-litre diesels.

The petrol unit is available with 197bhp, 247bhp and 296bhp, while the diesel units produce 148bhp, 178bhp and 237bhp respectively. With the exception of the least potent diesel, all models benefit from a new nine-speed automatic gearbox and get four-wheel drive as standard.

Range Rover Evoque 2019 off road

The four-wheel drive system is Active Driveline – the company’s latest offering that helps balance the power sent to each wheel to ensure grip isn’t lost. This should also make the new Evoque feel more composed on the road than the outgoing model. Driveline Disconnect is standard on most models, too. This is essentially a two-wheel drive mode that operates under certain driving conditions to save fuel.

All the automatic variants will feature 48V mild hybrid tech, too. This cuts off the engine below 11mph when coasting, and uses a belt-integrated generator to assist acceleration if necessary. It’s designed to reduce delay in stop-start activity and eradicate turbo lag. Land Rover claims it brings up to a 6% reduction in fuel consumption, while CO2 output falls by up to 8g/km.

Range Rover Evoque 2019 rear

The Evoque will be priced from £31,600 when it arrives in spring, rising to a hefty £50,400. We’ll bring you lease rates as soon as they’re available, but in the meantime you can check out deals on the outgoing (but still very impressive) Evoque by clicking here.

Alternatively, check out our video review of Range Rover’s other new model – the Velar…

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