By Ulysses Ang
COVENTRY Motors Corporation, the exclusive Philippine importer and distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, launched recently the all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque, bringing to the Philippines a luxury SUV that promises to change the standards of style, refinement, safety, and capability.
Based off Range Rover’s Velar platform, the new Evoque is created with Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture, making it wider and longer than its predecessor. The new platform also accommodates components for both plug-in and mild hybrid systems.
“We are very proud to bring to the Philippines the all-new Range Rover Evoque, which offers refinement and comfort required for modern city living while still providing all-terrain capability our customers expect from a Land Rover. I’m confident that our Filipino customers will rediscover the joy of driving with the all-new Evoque,” said Christopher Ward, president of Coventry Motors Corporation.
Building on the brand’s instantly recognizable look, the Range Rover Evoque dons a sportier silhouette, defined by the fast roofline and rising waist. It’s further amplified by the pronounced shoulders and wheel arches that’s filled with 20-inch wheels. Furthermore, the Evoque is fitted with super-slim LED headlights and flushed door handles. For the R-Dynamic HSE models, there are burnished copper accents that add a more distinctive appeal.
Land Rover also introduces jewel-like elements for the Evoque such as super-slim Premium LED head lamps that provide a more sophisticated front and rear lamp graphic. The R-Dynamic HSE models, on the other hand, come with burnished copper accents that add a distinctive appeal.
The Evoque’s longer wheelbase yields extra room, especially at the back (+ 20mm rear knee room) while also allowing for more storage of small items. The cargo hold is also larger by 10% (591 liters) enabling it to fit a set of golf clubs or two suitcases side-by-side. Furthermore, fold the rear seats down and the hold increases to 1,383 liters.
More than space, Range Rover has crafted a cabin that focuses more on usability. Using simple, uncluttered lines and surfaces, it’s juxtaposed with premium materials for a truly calm and serene space. Technologies such as a twin 10-inch touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system and a premium Meridian sound system come standard across all models. Differentiating the various trims, the Evoque comes with either two-tone Perforated Windsor leather seats (R-Dynamic HSE) or Perforated Grained Leather (SE) with 16-way seat controls.
Living up to Land Rover’s all-terrain capability, the Evoque features all-wheel drive, Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect, and Adaptive Dynamics — technologies designed to minimize fuel consumption without any detriment to its legendary off-road capabilities. Furthermore, it also comes with Terrain Response, which automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts the setup accordingly.
In terms of numbers, the Evoque has a water-wading depth of 600mm, a ground clearance of 212mm, and generous approach (20.8 degrees) and departure (20.6 degrees) angles.
For safety, the Evoque comes with the segment-first ClearSight Rear-View, which turns the standard rear-view mirror into an HD video screen. Not only does this provide a wider field of view and superior visibility in low light, but can give an unobstructed view of the back even if the rear seat visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items. The ClearSight Ground View technology, meanwhile, effectively makes the hood invisible by projecting a 180-degree view under the front. This is useful for navigating in tight spaces. This is all backed up with 360-degree Surround Camera.
Finally, it also comes with a variety of active safety features such as Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control, All Terrain Progress Control, and Driver Condition Monitor. The R-Dynamic HSE units also have Lane Keep Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
Powering the 2020 Evoque is a choice between a 2.0-liter gasoline or 2.0-liter diesel engine, both turbocharged. The diesel-fed variant produces 180hp and 430Nm of torque coupled with a 9-speed automatic. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter petrol makes 250hp and 365Nm of torque, while the Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) evens it out to 300hp and 400Nm thanks to a 48-volt electric motor.
The Evoque comes in four variants with the following prices: SE 2.0 Diesel — P5,090,000; R-Dynamic HSE 2.0 Diesel — P5,490,000; R-Dynamic HSE 2.0 Petrol — P5,590,000; and R-Dynamic HSE MHEV 2.0 Petrol — P6,190,000.
The Evoque will also be offered in a Black Limited Edition on the three R-Dynamic models, for an additional P100,000. All purchases of the new Evoque come with a 5-year service plan.