This is the all-new Range Rover Evoque. It may not look it, but underneath the familiar skin, the compact Range Rover has been completely redesigned from the ground up to rival an increasing number of premium SUVs from Audi to Volvo. The original Evoque was a massive success for Land Rover, so it hasn’t taken any risks with this sequel, pulling out all the stops with a new chassis, interior and in about a year’s time, plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Visually, the Evoque doesn’t tread far from its predecessor’s recipe, sharing its basic shape and dimensions with the current model. Although it doesn’t look immediately different, study the details and you’ll see plenty of borrowed elements from the Velar, such as the flush-look LED headlights and wide rear lights. The basic surfacing has also been cleaned up, reducing the amount of lines on the body, further accentuated by the adoption of the Velar’s retractable door handles.
The new Evoque is a grand total of 1mm longer than the previous five-door (the three-door will not return thanks to sluggish sales), and is slightly lower by 11mm. Underpinning the new Evoque is an all-new platform dubbed Premium Transverse Architecture, which Land Rover insists has been designed from the outset to facilitate extensive hybridisation.