The new Range Rover Evoque officially goes on sale in Ireland in May priced from €42,845. But Land Rover Ireland are holding exclusive previews of the new Evoque at their dealerships around Ireland from the 19th March as follows:
19th – 25th March: Spirit Land Rover, Dublin South
26th – 31st March: Joe Duffy Land Rover, Dublin North
1st – 7th April: Johnson & Perrott Land Rover, Cork
8th – 14th April: Autoboland Land Rover, Waterford
23rd – 28th April: Conlans Land Rover, Kildare
7th – 12th May: Lyons Land Rover, Limerick
The new Range Rover Evoque has seen an evolution in styling with more pronounced shoulders and powerful wheel arches housing 21-inch wheels. There are new super-slim Matrix LED headlamps and flush door handles for a smooth, sculpted aesthetic.
Inside, the minimalist and digital cabin uses some innovative new textiles using recycled plastics as premium alternatives to leather such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Dinamica® suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics™ options. Technologies include the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system with new, faster software.
The new Evoque is built on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture with more interior space than before. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider and easily fits a folded pram or set of golf clubs, with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.
The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery. At speeds below 17km/h, the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a refined, quiet and efficient drive in built-up traffic heavy areas, in addition to efficiency savings.
The lowest emitting CO2 derivative is the 143g/km front wheel drive, manual transmission with 150PS Ingenium diesel engine. The most popular all-wheel drive, automatic transmission vehicles, come with a choice of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range next year.
New Evoque also features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on full-size Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on a adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).
Other innovations include a segment-first ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into a HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition.
The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first in the world to feature Ground View technology, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This is useful when negotiating difficult parking spaces, navigating high city centre kerbs or tackling rough terrain and is the realisation of the Transparent Bonnet technology previewed by Land Rover in 2014.
There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Driver Condition Monitor are all available.