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All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque, the minutia…

The Velar makeover for the Evoque does seem to suit it well.  And being the last car in the lineup needing a good refresh, it’s a great indicator of what we’ll see in the next couple years on the up-level models.

The transparent bonnet from the 2014 Discovery Vision Concept makes its debut and it’s pretty cool.

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Basically an updated extension of the current Drive Assist that blends the cameras for a very helpful view.  Currently this is buried a few levels deep in the menus and you have to accept a warning message.  We’ll see if that stays the same for Clear Sight Ground View

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The other “Clear Sight” tech – ClearSight Rear-View Mirror, a 9.5” LCD with a 1600 x 300 resolution displaying an HD 60FPS camera feed providing a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.  Love this but be warned “Customers who wear varifocal or bifocal lenses may have issues adjusting to the mirror’s digital mode”

What are these giant blank areas surrounding the shifters in the current JLR line up – it just seems like very lazy design.  It’s the same thing Jaguar does in the XE with the rotary shifter.  You can tell it’s there because they just gave up and over-compromised.  If you’re going to do this why not just change up the interface altogether?  They’re not saving space they’re just wasting it.  And it looks cheap.  Please don’t let the cheap Jaguar interiors come over to our side.

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Is it because they need to have space for a manual transmission?

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How are they not including inductive charging or wireless CarPlay at this point?  They show two places you can put your phone but neither charges it wirelessly.  These are 2020 cars – look at our super-advanced AI-enhanced next-gen WIRED technology.

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More to come…

InControl Touch Pro (not Duo) as standard in the All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque

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If not optioned with the full InControl Touch Pro Duo system, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque includes the old-style sunken screen of the pre-2018 era.  And along with that the lower screen of the ICTPD system gets replaced with a glossy control panel mimicking the ICTPD display. 

For some reason the volume control moves to the upper left of that panel.  There aren’t too many pics out there.

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Why did we have to wait for AI-powered “Smart Settings” to automatically turn on the heated seats & steering wheel when it’s cold out?

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So many other cars do this without “AI” – was it an IP issue?  And using the key to identify the driver, again is this AI?  Or just something that’s been around forever and ever?

Smart Settings
Designed to deliver a truly personalised experience and reduce driver distraction,
Smart Settings combines a number of features.
––Profile: The system automatically identifies each driver using their key and phone, and can
remember a number of settings saved to their profile. It can select your preferred seat and
mirror positions, as well as which media to play at the start of your journey.
––Learning: With the ‘Learning’ function, Smart Settings can also learn and automate your
preferences, based on your habits, past routines and the current temperature – including
whether you like a warm steering wheel or heated seats on a morning commute.

Maybe just check if it’s below 40 and do it?

All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque & its creepy faux-NYC photos, does it make us question authenticity?

What’s with the off-putting faux-New York City sets they took their location pics on?  Did they not actually film in NYC for secrecy reasons?  But then why not just make it a generic city?  Why show NYC Taxis and NYC addresses?  Further the fake taxis show advertisements for the fake stores.  Then there are the very distinct models who seem to all know each other from vignette to vignette but not always acknowledge it.  And okay, I know the last part is a stretch but looking at it, you can see how weird it is.

It’s like The Truman Show or like a Twilight Zone where alien’s have built a prison for humans.

This is the “Mott sounds authentic, let’s use that for the bakery” shotmott-bakery1

This is not a place and something’s not right with those traffic lights.

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This is the “Let’s put a Mustang and a Chrysler in the background so it looks like USA” shot

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Woah – a hipster barber (Holder the Barber) & two coffee shops (Two Two Seven & Nick’s Coffee House)– this must be NYC!

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I wonder how the Taxi Rooftop Ads are working for Two Two Seven?  And coincidentally this taxi is parked in front of Nick’s Coffee House – how awkward!

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The only authentic New York detail is that the two coffee places are right across the street from each other.  That would be true.

It’s so fake.  I wonder if the off-road pics are filmed in a sandbox?

The All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque

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  • Evoque: The original luxury compact Range Rover sets new standards of refinement, capability and sustainability
  • Effortless: New architecture technology delivers smooth, quiet and refined drive
  • Charismatic drive: Agile handling and responsive character ideally suited to tight city streets
  • Efficient: Three- and four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, Hybrid-electric power, 48-volt MHEV and a 3-cylinder PHEV
  • Go anywhere: Innovative Terrain Response 2 technology meets your needs from the city streets to the mountain tops, ensuring your destination is reached no matter the conditions
  • Connected everywhere: Apple CarPlay connects you to your smartphone, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot connects you to the internet, while InControl Remote connects you to the vehicle
  • Modernist Design: A precise exterior design will turn heads, while the luxurious crafted interior offers a calming sense of wellbeing with sumptuous, sustainable materials
  • Spacious: Compact 4.37m footprint, now with more kneeroom for rear passengers and greater luggage space
  • Command visibility: World’s first ground view technology making the bonnet invisible, while a high-definition video screen revolutionises the rear view mirror
  • Self-learning: Smart Settings uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn driver preferences and readies the cabin for your journey

 

The original luxury compact SUV has got even better. At home both in the city and the country, the new Evoque joins the Range Rover family with a choice of hybrid-electric engines.
Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, with global sales of over 772,096 (20% sold in the UK) and more than 217 international awards, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the original. Combining unrivalled Range Rover heritage with cutting-edge technology – designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain – it meets the needs of today’s customers.

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“The Range Rover Evoque has been a phenomenal UK success over the past seven years. It’s proven very popular with customers from a broad range of segments with more than 60% of them being new to the Land Rover marque. “With a fifth of global retails being in the UK, I am extremely confident this will be a great second album taking Evoque to a new level of refinement, luxury and sustainability while preserving all the charm of the first model which defined the compact SUV market back in 2011.”
Rawdon Glover – Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK

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Building on the original’s instantly-recognisable design, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the distinctive coupé-like silhouette, typified by its distinctive fast roofline and rising waist, which unmistakably identify the Range Rover family.

The outstanding volume and proportions are amplified by its pronounced shoulders and powerful wheelarches that, alongside new 21-inch wheels, combine to create a strong and dynamic attitude.

The introduction of jewel-like elements such as super-slim Matrix LED headlamps provide a more sophisticated front and rear lamp graphic. Flush door handles add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic, while sweeping directional indicators create a purposeful signature. Optional R-Dynamic details and burnished copper accents add to the unique appeal.

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Inside, the finely crafted design integrates uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with carefully curated materials to create a luxurious, minimalist, digital cabin. Technical textiles that use recycled plastics are offered as premium alternatives to leather, such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Miko Dinamica® suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics™ options. The cabin is designed to be a calm and serene space, ensuring comfortable, healthy and happy occupants, with technologies such as the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system, featuring new, faster software, 16-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation that complement the increased interior space.

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“When Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs and the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey. This characterful vehicle combines refinement and fun to create that all important emotional reaction that will turn heads and make people smile.”
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer

The footprint is almost identical, yet built on Land Rover’s new mixed-material Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider and easily fits a folded pram or set of golf clubs, with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.

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The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery. At speeds below 11mph (17km/h), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a refined, quiet and efficient drive in built-up traffic heavy areas, in addition to efficiency savings.

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Available across the range (when specified with automatic gearbox) of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the mild hybrid delivers CO2 emissions from as low as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4mpg (based on the new NEDC Equivalent WLTP test procedure). If the customer chooses the 150PS diesel engine with front wheel drive, Evoque only emits 143g/km. An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range next year.
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Every bit a Range Rover, the compact SUV combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. New Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on full-size Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on a adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).

The famed Range Rover command driving position has jumped into the digital age, with a segment-first ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.

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The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first in the world to feature Ground View technology, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This is useful when negotiating difficult parking spaces, navigating high city centre kerbs or tackling rough terrain and is the realisation of the Transparent Bonnet technology previewed by Land Rover in 2014.

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“Underneath the skin is an engineering and technical revolution. The architecture is all-new to accommodate both plug-in and mild hybrid systems, with only the door hinges remaining unchanged on the body. The chassis has been significantly reworked to make the most of the stiffer body, ensuring the characteristic ride comfort and refinement of a Range Rover. “Evoque is now smarter than ever. The software that sits behind the infotainment system has been refined to provide a more intuitive customer experience. On top of that we’ve added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration.”
Nick Rogers – Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover

Evoque is the first Land Rover with Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preference and acts as an onboard butler. In addition to seat position, music and climate settings, Evoque can also control steering column preferences to maximise comfort and convenience.