2019 Range Rover Evoque: equipment and bodystyles
Everything you need to know about the all-new, second-generation Range Rover Evoque, which promises improved practicality, efficiency and technology to go with the familiar style...
2019 Range Rover Evoque equipment
One of the downsides of the Evoque’s dramatic shape is that you end up with a letterbox slot for a rear screen. And when you add in rear passengers or bulky items of luggage, your view of what’s behind can be close to nil. However, to address this, the new model is available with a so-called ‘smart rear-view mirror’. At the flick of a switch, the mirror transforms into a high-definition video screen that uses a camera positioned above the window to provide a wider (50deg) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.
The new Evoque also features something called Ground View, which projects a 180deg image of what’s beneath the front of the car onto the upper touchscreen – something that could be useful when off-roading or simply negotiating high kerbs in the city.
The clever technology isn’t just limited to cameras, either. Land Rover is following the example of Tesla in offering wireless, over-the-air updates to keep the car’s infotainment software and sat-nav maps up to date.
What’s more, if different drivers each have their own key fob, the Evoque can use this to recognise them, learn their preferences and ensure their usual climate control, infotainment and seat settings are ready as soon as they get behind the wheel. It will even remember commonly dialled phone numbers for different times and days of the week.
Less unusual, but at least as important these days, is the presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring (previously Land Rover relied on its own system), six USB ports and a 4G wi-fi hotspot that can support up to eight devices at a time.
Combined with pricing that’s pretty much unchanged, it all suggests the new Range Rover Evoque will sell like its predecessor, in addition to looking like it.
What about other Evoque bodystyles?
The three-door version of the Evoque was recently discontinued due to sluggish sales, and this bodystyle isn’t returning for the new car. Meanwhile, the current Evoque Convertible is set to remain on sale for some time, with a replacement not due until the early 2020s. That leaves the five-door as the sole new Evoque for the foreseeable future.
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