The new 2020 Range Rover Velar has been revealed. Oops, my bad. It's the new Evoque. Don't blame me for this mistake. Unless you are a Land Rover aficionado, it is certainly difficult to figure out from the images whether it is the new Evoque or Velar.
Perhaps the images of the side profile will help you and me confirm that it is the new Evoque and not the Velar. Land Rover launched the Evoque way back in 2011 and the second generation was long overdue.
The British marque has finally launched the new 2020 Evoque while the quirky SUV in its latest avatar seems to have lost some character. Don't get me wrong, the Evoque is still one of the stylish SUVs in the market while the latest avatar makes it looks like a baby Velar. Whether it's a good thing or bad thing is yet to be proved while let's take a closer look.
2020 Evoque looks more aggressive. Rather than coming up with an all-new design, Land Rover designers have sharpened the overall design with the introduction of a new slim LED head-and tail-lights, flush door handles and others. The silhouette is carried over while slight touches on every aspect of the exterior make it look contemporary.
In pictures, the new Evoque may look even bigger. But that's not the case and both first and second generation has almost identical dimensions. The adoption of new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, however, liberated more interior room for the passengers, especially at the back. The boot space has also gone up to 610-litres.
Inside the cabin, the Velar influence is more visible with an optional dual-screen layout of the centre console, a fully-digital instrument cluster, 16-way seat controls, cabin air ionization and others. The cabin also gets an array of new colours and textures, including a durable and luxurious wool-blend textile called 'Kvadrat.'
The new Range Rover Evoque is powered by JLR's Ingenium range of 2.0-litre engines available in both petrol and diesel. The petrol motor comes with the output varying from 197bhp to 296bhp while the diesel motors' output ranges from 148bhp to 237bhp.
All the engines come mated to a 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox and most of the variants are offered with four-wheel drive as standard. These variants are equipped with a 48V mild-hybrid system.
Range Rover Evoque goes up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60.