If we sat down and walked through the current portfolio of Range Rover products, we’d find pavement-scorching supercharged V-8 engines, go-anywhere multi-gear transfer cases paired with locking differentials, and interiors so posh the Queen herself might blush. Yet despite all of this, it’s the runt of the litter with an economical 2.0L four-cylinder engine, diminutive stature, and conservative styling that outsells all the rest. We’re talking about Evoque, the plucky little luxury SUV that has sold nearly 800,000 units worldwide since its launch in 2012.
Now, for 2020, Range Rover has introduced an all-new second-generation Evoque. At first glance one might think this iteration is but a mild refresh. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Confusion comes from the fact that the second-generation Evoque retains its classic, handsome exterior styling and stays true to what made the first generation a success. Narrow LED headlamps grace the front fascia, side windows are heavily tapered, the beltline gives rise toward the rear, and the roof slopes. Gone are the old side moldings, and door handles now retract flush into the door like those found on Velar.
The 2020 Evoque rides on the new Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA) that is 13 percent stiffer than the outgoing model and utilizes a mixed-metal strategy consisting of steel, high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. The only carryover parts are the door