Take Two: 2020 Range Rover Evoque Bows in Chicago With New Platform, Engines

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

No longer sharing bits sourced from former owner Ford, Land Rover’s smallest Range Rover-badged vehicle undergoes a comprehensive revamp for 2020. There’s a new, stiffer platform underneath and, while its overall footprint remains pretty much the same, a wheelbase stretch affords occupants a smidgen of extra room to stretch out.

First appearing on our shores in late 2011 as a 2012 model, the compact Evoque offered buyers a cheaper way to enter the tweedy brand. U.S. sales peaked in 2015; not a good thing in a market fueled by crossover lust.

For the second-generation Evoque, Land Rover sought to up the premium feel, shifting the little ute’s design in the direction of its Velar big brother (notice the flush door handles) and swapping in two home-built turbocharged 2.0-liter powerplants.

Gone is the old 240-horsepower unit, replaced by Ingenium motors boasting 246 hp and 269 lb-ft, and 296 hp and 295 lb-ft, respectively. The latter engine arrives with a 48-volt mild hybrid system attached, with a belt-driven starter-generator recouping power lost during braking and adding some of it back under acceleration. A ZF nine-speed automatic handles the shifting for both mills.

First offered in the 2020 Evoque, Land Rover’s ClearSight Ground View feature turns the vehicle’s hood transparent (when viewed on the upper 10-inch touchscreen), allowing drivers to monitor what’s going on beneath the front of their vehicle during off-road excursions. It could prove handy in locating your neighbor’s pets and kids, too.

The following scene is not something you can expect to see in real life:

With all-wheel drive standard on all Evoques, Driveline Disconnect juggles the traction duties, lighting up the front and rear axle as needed. An adaptive suspension joins the equipment roster for 2020.

Pricing starts at $43,645 (after destination) for a base Evoque S, with the five-trim range topping out at $56,795 R-Dynamic HSE. The 2020 model arrives at Jaguar Land Rover dealers in the U.S. this spring.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover, Tim Healey/TTAC]

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  • Akear Akear on Feb 09, 2019

    Surely, this is the world's best looking SUV.

  • Kyree Kyree on Feb 10, 2019

    The outgoing (first-gen) Range Rover has already started using the JLR homegrown engines, instead of the Ford 2.0. I think it was in 2017 or 2018 when they made the switch. In a move that should surprise no one, the Coupe and Convertible models—the former of which was discontinued circa 2017—will not make it to the new generation.

  • Vulpine My first pickup truck was a Mitsubishi Sport... able to out-accelerate the French Fuego turbo by Renault at the time. I really liked the brand back then because they built a model for every type of driver, including the rather famous 300/3000GT AWD sports car (a car I really wanted, but couldn't afford.)
  • Vulpine A sedan version of either car makes it no longer that car. We've already seen this with the Mustang Mach-E and almost nobody acknowledges it as a Mustang.
  • Vulpine Not just Chevy, but GM has been shooting itself in the foot for the last three decades. They've already had to be rescued once in that period, and if they keep going as they are, they will need another rescue... assuming the US govt. will willing to lose more money on them.
  • W Conrad Sedans have been fine for me, but I were getting a new car, it would be an SUV. Not only because less sedans available, but I can't see around them in my sedan!
  • Slavuta More hatchbacks
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