The 2020 Range Rover Evoque
While most people were enjoying Thanksgiving and planning Black Friday shopping sprees, Land Rover decided to reveal a redesign of one of their most iconic vehicles. The Range Rover Evoque has been restyled inside and out, with the only exterior carryover being the door hinges! The Evoque, built as an entry level model for the Land Rover lineup, is currently Land Rover’s top selling vehicle with almost 800,000 customers worldwide.
Personally, except on initial release, I was never a huge fan of the Evoque; however, the new redesign mimics the Velar in style, from the sharp headlamps and sleek grill, to the wraparound tail lamps. Even included are the foldaway door handles, creating an almost futuristic styling to the exterior. Yet, styling cues such as the low roof line and over-sized wheel arches. These adjustments have modernized, refined, and just generally improved the appearance of the Evoque, bringing the vehicle back to life.
Jumping inside, we find an interior that has been refreshed with a little more minimalist design. Once again taking design cues from the newest model in the lineup, the Velar, the Evoque interior utilizes a dual touch screen system while retaining the joystick shifter in the center console. All the above combined creates a chic style that is then mimicked throughout the rest of the vehicle, such as the steering wheel with “hidden till lit” capacitive buttons allowing a wide range of control with hands staying on the steering wheel. Newer features though being introduced on the Evoque include air-con ionization, full Apple and Android phone connectivity, and the Clearsight Ground View system, which uses cameras to give drivers a view of what’s beneath the hood, ensuring ease of parking and driving in tight spaces.
Other exciting inclusions to the vehicle are the Clearsight Rearview Mirror, which uses a hidden rear camera to ensure visibility through the rearview mirror even with a full trunk, as well as fully configurable ambient lighting throughout the interior. These changes have me extremely excited, as the Evoque was initially released all the way back in 2011 and has not had a major revision since then. Major innovations, modern design cues, and an expected price of the mid-$40,000s means exciting developments are afoot. Word on the street is we may even see a hybrid version…