The Evoque is an affordable urbanite crossover that doesn’t completely betray Land Rover’s heritage of luxury and off-roading.
The 2017 model-year RR Evoque is now on sale, priced between INR 49.10 – 64.65 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Although the face-lifted styling is here for quite sometime, the latest upgrade is the JLR’s 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine that is on par in performance with improved fuel efficiency, first time on a Land Rover in India.
Case in point is the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-charged engine that makes 175 bhp of power and 430Nm of torque at peak demand. It is paired to a 9-speed automatic gearbox that works in tandem with a four-wheel-drive system. This engine replaces the 2.2-litre Sd4 diesel engine sourced from Ford, and is over 20 kgs lighter than the latter. With a claimed top speed of 217 kmph, the 0-100 kmph performance of the Evoque diesel is rated at 7.1 seconds. But the mileage figures seems really great, revised from previous 13.3 kmpl to 15.68 kmpl.
-By January 2017, a petrol engine option will be available in the Evoque range for the first time in India, with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-charged unit generating 241 hp of max power. The 9-speed automatic transmission will be standard as well. However, the petrol option will be limited to the second entry-level SE trim only.
Luxury, comfort, and space are Evoque’s biggest strongholds, in spite being a compact car. The feeling of being inside a premium car is quite evident once you step in. The cozy leather-finish dashboard and steering wheel, elegant dual-tone colour scheme, and the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen on the centre console (only in HSE trims). There is also a 825 Watts Meridian surround sound, along with an all-side camera system and a panaromic roof.
The baby Range Rover is also equipped with decent all-road capabilities, including the All-terrain Progress Control, Terrain response with 4 modes, Hill Descent control, Gradient release control (Hill Start Assist) and improved Torque vectoring. Other fancy features with the car includes the gesture control tail gate opening, full park assist with 360 degree camera, and start-stop technology.
The 2017 Evoque is available in 6 trim levels – Pure, SE, SE Dynamic, HSE, HSE Dynamic, and the flagship HSE Dynamic Ember Edition. The limited-edition Ember variant sports black paint job with gloss red roof, coupled with distinctive bumper styling, blackened alloys, and red-colour stitching and ambient lighting inside the cabin.