The compact SUV elegantly progresses into its second generation.
2020 Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque has been a massive hit for Land Rover. With over 772,000 sold globally, the company hopes to continue that sales momentum with its second generation model that improves upon the original with a new reductive design and the latest in Land Rover technology. And for the purists out there, the new Evoque isn't only designed and engineered in the UK, it's manufactured there too. 

So more about that "reductive" design. Sure, the Evoque is still instantly recognizable, but rather than pen a dramatic redesign, the designers refined and a new design language that launched with its larger sibling, the Velar. Optional details such as hits of burnished copper give it a subtle edginess while available 21-inch wheels boldly enhance the SUV's road presence. 

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Sharper and slimmer headlight and rear light housings blend seamlessly into the exterior's surface and the flush door handles from the Velar also make an appearance and create a smoother, less cluttered look. Open the door and you'll be welcomed by an interior that features more interior space than the original model due to the Evoque's new architecture.

Land Rover has been pushing eco-friendly alternatives to leather in more and more of their vehicles and they've gone to great lengths to ensure that fabrics hold up to their standards of luxury. These fabric options include Kvadrat wool with Dinamica suedecloth and a Eucalyptus textile, a lightweight performance material that requires a lot less water to produce. 

As for interior tech, their slick InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system will be available as an option and smartphone users should be pleased as the company brings Apple CarPlay and Android Audio to the Evoque for the first time ever. The InControl Touch Pro Duo system features two glossy 10-inch high-definition displays and a 12.3-inch screen on the dashboard that illuminate into life when you start the car. 

Another interesting piece of tech injects a bit of artificial intelligence into the Evoque with a feature called "Smart Settings." The car will use AI to learn about your preferences over time learning things your preferred seat position, music choices, and how warm or cool you like to keep your cabin.   

One of its most clever pieces of tech is a feature called ClearSight Ground View, a newly realized concept that lets you see right through the hood. Once it's activated, the feature gives you a 180-degree view of the ground making it easier to navigate through situations such as tight parking spaces or narrow roads. The rearview mirror also gets upgraded with ClearSight Rear View that turns your mirror into an HD display

The luxurious bits are essential to building a proper modern Range Rover, but it also has to be able to perform like one too. The 2020 Evoques will come with two 2.0L four-cylinder Ingenium engine options with 246 hp or 296 hp. The 296 hp option also features their 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain that shuts off the engine at low speeds and uses energy stored away in the battery to power the car electrically, increasing the Evoque's overall fuel efficiency. 

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And while it's a punchy city cruiser, its Range Rover pedigree fully reveals itself when it hits challenging terrain. All-wheel-drive comes standard as well Driveline Disconnect, which seamlessly switches between two and four-wheel drive. When you do take it off road, Terrain Response 2 kicks in to automatically detect the road surface and when it starts to really pour you'll be able to wade through 23.6 inches of water. 

The compact luxury SUV category is filled with some strong competition and there's no doubt in our minds that the second-generation Evoque will continue to be a huge hit for the brand. It delivers on everything that made the original model great with strong improvements on styling, luxury, technology, and capability that is impossible to ignore.

The 2020 Land Rover Evoque comes in six trims and is now available.

From $42,650, landroverusa.com 

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