New Range Rover Evoque: British-built electrified mini-Velar

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An optional mild-hybrid powertrain will also be available. JLR, Britain's biggest carmaker, has said all new models will come with hybrid or fully electric variants by 2020.

The new Range Rover Evoque has been launched in London, delivering a new vehicle which still looks like an Evoque, but with clear influences from the Range Rover Velar. The maximum torque of 340, 360 and 400 Nm, and the maximum speeds going up to 242 km/h, while the standard consumption of between 7.7 and 8.1 litres of Super reduced.

As such, the Evoque is now the 10th best-selling mid-size SUV in the $60,000-plus segment, trailing the Mercedes-Benz GLC (5054 units), BMW X3 (4259), Audi Q5 (3342), Lexus NX (3207) and Land Rover Discovery Sport (2598), among others.

The Range Rover command driving position also received an upgrade with a "ClearSight Rear View Mirror" that transforms into an HD video screen when engaged. There will be two powertrains initially available, which will be backed by a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

As for the power sources, Land Rover is announcing six different Ingenium four-cylinder engines, including three petrol and three diesel. It's 13 per cent stiffer than before, shares only door hinges with the outgoing auto, but the Evoque is still mostly steel - more space efficient than the aluminum used on bigger Range Rovers, say engineers.

The British maker has developed a social conscience and its new Evoque has a host of eco-friendly options that will make it even more at home among the inner-city enclaves it now inhabits. It's said to shut off the engine below 11mph under braking like a more eager stop-start system, with the 11kW motor giving a boost while pulling away to mask turbo lag. There's no mention of the manual gearbox that was offered in the first generation Evoque making a comeback in the second-gen successor. Although not scheduled for Canada at this time, some markets will see a full plug-in electric version of the crossover late in 2019.

In fact, Volvo is also set to take advantage of this special rate for the XC40 as a 1.5-litre three-cylinder hybrid with plug-in facility is in the pipeline. AWD is combined with the second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency, and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility.

Available technology includes Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 system, which adjusts the car's set-up depending on the surface it is driven on. The Evoque can also wade through water up to 600mm deep, which is 100mm more from the first-generation model.

Despite the fact that the overall design of the dashboard is very similar to what it was before, the new Evoque has slightly different features. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light, LR says.

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