All new 2019 Range Rover Evoque revitalises a modern classic
In 1970 the first ever Range Rover revolutionised SUVs forever. It was capable, rugged and powerful just like other vehicles on the market, but it also featured leather seats and touches of luxury that had never been seen in an SUV before.
Close to 50 years later and the British marque has continued to refine the concept it created with the original Range Rover. The newest iteration, and the latest in a long line of excellent vehicles is the 2019 Range Rover Evoque – a luxurious and thoughtfully designed compact SUV.
We got behind the wheel on Sydney's back roads to find out if it's an improvement on the acclaimed 2011 model.
The 2019 Range Rover Evoque looks similar to its predecessor. This certainly isn't a bad thing, as the 2011 model is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful SUVs in recent years, and even won the prestigious Car Design of the Year award in 2012.
Look closer at the new Range Rover Evoque, however and you'll see that it's different in subtle ways. The groove lines down its sides have been softened and in places removed entirely. Its wheel arches have been toned down and its bumper design has been stripped back and simplified.
The new model's cabin boasts an almost Scandinavian minimalism, featuring a simple dash, restrained detailing and the signature luxurious leather. The overall result is a design, inside and out, that's more effective because of its simplicity, emphasising the SUV's elegant menace and unique personality.
The technology and capability of the Range Rover Evoque feels ahead of its time again thanks to the recent update. There's an option to include two 10 inch touch screens so that you can control your media, or the temperature in the cabin on one and navigate on the other.
A heads up display that projects onto the windscreen can display information like local speed limits, phone calls or other important data from the touch screen. The new InControl application also allows you mirror a simplified, drive-optimised version of your phone screen onto the touch screen so that you can stay connected at all times.
You can also remotely heat and cool the car, check how full it's gas tank is, or beep its horn to make it easier to find in a busy car park via a new Range Rover smartphone app. What's more, if you're not much of a backer you can let the optional rear park assist steer you into a space automatically while you handle the accelerator and brakes.
Range Rover has a habit of increasing horsepower every time they update a model, and luckily that trend has continued for the new Evoque. The most powerful option has almost 60 hp more than its predecessor and 80 Nm more torque, making it ridiculously fast for an SUV.
Happily, the new Range Rover Evoque is smarter, as well as more powerful. It's engine employs hybrid electric technology, harvesting and storing energy normally lost during deceleration and redeploying it to increase the SUV's efficiency.
The transmission has also gotten an upgrade, going from six to nine-speed and offering more seamless, smooth and efficient acceleration. Countless other technological advancements make this SUV just as comfortable automatically parking itself on a city street as it is exploring rough terrain off the beaten track.
To get behind the wheel of Range Rover's newest creation, Drop into Macarthur Land Rover in Campbelltown today.