By on February 8, 2019

Image: JLR

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:

Image: JLR

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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15 Comments on “Take Two: 2020 Range Rover Evoque Bows in Chicago With New Platform, Engines...”

  • avatar

    As much as I like the Evoque the smashed roofline was counter to the practical image we have of crossover/SUVs. Especially Land Rover with it’s signature tall cabin

    • 0 avatar

      Lie- You make wise comments very often.

      I saw an LR4 Yesterday in the wild. I said Hum. The new Disco and Velar and so on are going down the wrong road design wise. All jelly bean variants. I just dont care about LR products any more.

      Corporate design themes dictate the style of the vehicles for a decade + . The first year or 3 – they show little ‘age’ or ‘wear.’ Get beyond that to year 5-7 cracks can develop. Look at Cadillac. Art and Science may have been OK at the befinning. Now? Man. Horrible.

      LR is looking real bad in my book. Maybe Bangle can help them.

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    Figure early 50k for actual transaction price.

    My question: How many better CUV’s are out there for equal to or less dough than this?

    Every time I see one in the wild I feel for the owner, I want to give them a hug and let them know they will do better next time.

    Oh, and exactly ZERO owners will use their Evoque fjord a river/pond/lake/stream/rugged mud pit.

    • 0 avatar

      How are we defining better?

      Someone who wants a Range Rover badge won’t be satisfied with anything else. That’s not really your judgment call to make.

      • 0 avatar

        Exactly, Land Rover carries a lot of cachet on the world SUV stage. I personally think they’re great despite their bad rep for dependability. Land Rover is to SUVs what Mercedes is to cars

    • 0 avatar

      I had the 1st generation Evoque, and I bought it solely for the reason that it was the best equipped to go off road of any small SUV, Other than a Wrangler which I already owned. The evoque could carry my surf boards, and it could drive on the beach as long as the sand was reasonably packed. Unfortunately, the engine was horribly unreliable, as were all of the electronics and plastic fittings. It was a pretty thing, and it could actually manage offroading extremely well. Yet, in other important ways, it was awful. It was by far the worst new car I’ve ever purchased.

  • avatar

    My neighbor has a convertible Evoque, at least one four door Evoque, and a RR Sport. I didn’t even know there was a convertible Evoque before I moved here. I like it that the new one uses the ZF 9-speed automatic. Seems like a perfect match.

  • avatar

    Nothing says off road ruggedness like flush door handles – just the thing to freeze and become inoperable in the cold. Tesla owners love them.

  • avatar

    I only came here to see if my guess that one of the engines would be a 2.0 turbo is correct. Not only was I correct, but both engines turn out to be 2.0 turbos!

  • avatar

    Those windows rival a Camaro for visibility.

  • avatar

    Don’t boutiquey things need to be flagrantly impractical, even dangerous?

    “I fart in your general direction, you commonsensical lumpen.”

  • avatar

    This is one of a small handful of cars that looks the same in the flesh as it did in its design drawings. Comically oversize wheels, no window frames or door handles protruding, you name it. Rivals the 1988 Buick Regal Coupe for the “wow, that turned out better than expected” award.

  • avatar

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

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    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.

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