The Range Rover Evoque will be available with hybrid-electric engines for the first time from next year.
Unveiling the 2019 model (pictured) this afternoon in London, the compact SUV will be offered, alongside petrol and diesel powertrains, a 48-volt ‘mild-hybrid’ electric engine that takes energy typically lost during deceleration and stores it in an underfloor lithium battery.
And at below 11mph, during braking, the engine shuts off to minimise emissions.
These factors mean fuel consumption of up to 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 149g/km*.
Dave Skipper, Land Rover hybrid system integration manager, said: “Electrification is central to future mobility solutions and mild hybrids are the first step in this path. An MHEV need never be charged and delivers real-world fuel consumption reductions that benefit almost all Evoque buyers.”
A plug-in hybrid electric model will be introduced in about 12-months’ time. Performance and emissions figures will likely be published in the spring, just as 2019 Evoque deliveries start. It will be allied to a 200PS 1.5-litre petrol engine. It is part of the commitment for all Jaguar Land Rover ranges to be electrified by 2020.
It’s expected that 90% of Evoque sales will be of hybrid derivatives.
Land Rover doesn’t believe fleet customers will hold off buying the new model until then.
“If choice is driven by benefit-in-kind and CO2 emissions fleets will make their choices as and when operating cycles dictate,” said Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director.
While listing the debate on the environmental controversy around diesel as one of the ‘headwinds” facing the industry (alongside Brexit uncertainty), he defended its place in the range – and for the brand: “Diesel used to represent 90% of the fuel mix and while it’s down to about 80%, when it’s appropriate a Euro 6 diesel is still a sensible choice for lots of customers and will continue to be so with 20% less CO2 emissions than a petrol and strong fuel economy.”
Additional engines in the 2019 compact SUV’s range are six Ingenium four-cylinder powertrains – three petrol and diesel engines respectively. The most efficient of these is the 150PS diesel with emissions of 143g/km (NEDC equivalent) and 52.3mpg fuel economy.
The most powerful is the 300PS petrol, with emissions of 186g/km and 34.4mpg. Only the two wheel drive 150PS diesel is available as a manual. All other models come with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
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The new Evoque also sees a number of technical innovations. Land Rover claims a world first with its ‘ground view’ function. It projects a camera image of a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle and is designed to be used in narrow parking spaces, high kerbs or over rough terrain.
In a “segment first”, the Evoque will be available with the ClearSight rear-view mirror, transforming it into an HD video screen, providing a 50-degree field of vision.
And for comfort, Evoque is the first Land Rover with ‘smart settings’, using “artificial algorithms to learn the driver’s preferences for seat position, music and climate settings and steering wheel position”.
The longer wheelbase means 20mm extra rear legroom and luggage space increased 10 per cent to 591-litres (1,383 when the second row seats are flat).
The new Evoque is priced from £31,600 to £40,350.There are five trims, from Evoque, S (an additional £3,150 on the base spec), SE (£3,500 over S), HSE (£3,000 over SE) to First Edition (£5,500).
|D150 150HP diesel FWD manual||£31,600|
|D150 150HP diesel AWD automatic||£35,100|
|D180 180HP diesel AWD automatic||£35,850|
|D240 240HP diesel AWD automatic||£38,600|
|P200 200HP petrol AWD automatic||£35,950|
|P250 249HP petrol AWD automatic||£37,150|
|P300 300HP petrol AWD automatic||£40,350|
* Official NEDC equivalent figures