The baby Range Rover has received the nip/tuck it needs to remain competitive.
Jaguar Land Rover has facelifted the second-generation Evoque, giving its littlest premium SUV subtly updated looks, more technology, and an even more luxurious interior.
The baby Rangie has borrowed several styling cues from its posher siblings, such as the new grille and redesigned Pixel LED headlights with daytime running lights. There are also new accents, and buyers can choose from additional exterior colors, including Tribeca Blue, Corinthian Bronze, and Arroios Grey. Two contrast roof options are available in Narvik Black and Corinthian Bronze.
Additionally, there are eight wheel designs to choose from and five new finishes. The Autobiography and Dynamic HSE derivatives may be specified with a diamond-turned design. 21-inch wheels are the biggest wheel available. It's not the most dramatic redesign, but JLR isn't big on heavy updates, with the Velar also receiving minor revisions earlier this year.
Inside, the upgrades are more prominent. A new 11.4-inch curved glass touchscreen can be found on the center console. Previously integrated into the dashboard, the screen has a new floating design that has been ergonomically placed in the driver's line of sight.
The overall effect looks clean and modern, but it also has a practical purpose. Redesigning the touchscreen has freed up additional interior space for a wireless device charging pad. Pivi Pro2 powers the infotainment system and includes built-in Amazon Alexa10. The system is capable of receiving over-the-air software updates.
As expected, the refreshed Evoque supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. More traditional buyers may lament the lack of physical buttons. Still, Land Rover says controls for the volume, climate control, and seating can be controlled via new sidebars that are constantly visible.
According to the manufacturer, the Pivi Pro2 infotainment system has undergone plenty of development to ensure it's as user-friendly as possible. Around 80% of all tasks can be completed within two taps of the main screen. At the start of every journey, a Pre-Drive panel presents the driver with commonly used features, such as the demister or heated seats. This later disappears to reveal the customizable home screen.
There's also a new gear shift lever and eco-friendly upholstery choices. Aside from the non-leather Ultrafabrics, Land Rover offers Kvadtrat, a wool blend with polyurethane textile inserts. The interior can be enlivened with various trim inlays, including Moonlight Chrome which can be found on the center console, air vents, and steering wheel.
Aluminum trim can be specified in an Anodised or Dark Anodised finish. Autobiography models are privy to an elegant Shadow Grey Ash veneer.
Cabin Air Purification Plus is available on the Evoque for the first time. Standard on the Autobiography (and available as part of an optional Comfort Pack), the system aims to improve the air quality within the cabin by controlling CO2 levels, among other things.
Hopefully, Land Rover will see fit to introduce the P300e derivative in the United States. This configuration pairs a three-cylinder gas-powered engine with an electric motor for a total output of 305 horsepower. The company claims the electrified Evoque has a real-world electric range of around 30 miles, presumably calculated using the WLTP cycle. Not that it matters much to buyers in this class, but 0 to 60 mph is dispatched in 6.1 seconds.
With an electric Velar on the horizon, it's only a matter of time before the company offers the Evoque as a battery-powered premium crossover to take on the Tesla Model Y and Cadillac Lyriq.