JLR has refreshed it’s best-selling small SUV, and it could be the last combustion-powered Evoque
JLR has revealed a series of subtle yet long-awaited updates to its second-generation Range Rover Evoque for the 2024 model year. Order books have opened for this new version of the premium compact SUV, but pricing now starts from £40,080 – an increase of over £5,000.
Although some exterior details have been tweaked, the biggest changes on the model year 2024 Evoque have taken place throughout the interior, with on-board technology and materials being some of the more obvious upgrades.
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The centrepiece of this refreshed interior is a new 11.4-inch floating, curved infotainment touchscreen featuring the brand’s Pivi Pro operating system, along with Amazon Alexa voice-recognition. Unlike in the pre-facelift Evoque, all of the car’s functions are now operated via this single screen, with the secondary screen and climate controls removed to create a more minimalist look. In fact, the gear selector is now the only physical control on the centre console.
The brand has also made efforts to boost the quality of the materials used up to the same standard as in the Evoque’s larger siblings, as well as upping its green credentials. As a result, Range Rover is continuing to encourage customers to consider its leather alternatives designed by Danish textile company Kvadrat – although traditional leather is still available for the time being.
On the outside, the most notable exterior changes are a new front grille and slimmer head and tail lights. This mild front-end redesign is primarily a part of Range Rover’s new reductive approach to styling, and is intended to bring the Evoque in line with the rest of the range. These changes aren’t purely cosmetic, though, as the new headlights feature improved Pixel LEDs, along with the brand’s latest matrix dimming technology.
The 2024 Evoque carries over the choice of D165 and D200 diesel engines, along with the P200 and P250 petrols, and all but the entry-level D165 S manual come with four-wheel-drive and mild-hybrid powertrains as standard. Trim levels remain the same as before, with the exception of the ‘R-Dynamic’ name being simplified to ‘Dynamic’.
The P300e plug-in hybrid also remains on sale, but the only update this has received is some light tweaking to its battery chemistry. The result is a minimal increase of its claimed pure-electric range by only one mile, up to a total of 39 miles.
The reason for Range Rover’s decision to undertake such a mild facelift could be due to Jaguar Land Rover’s ambitions to fully electrify the lineup within the next few years. The all-electric Range Rover is due to arrive by 2024, and the Velar and Evoque are set to be replaced with all-new EV models – the first of which is set to be unveiled in 2025.
At present, the facelifted Evoque still has plenty of premium mid-size SUV rivals such as the BMW X1, Volvo XC40, and even its own sibling, the Jaguar E-Pace. As one of JLR’s biggest sellers, the brand will be keen for this refresh to keep sales steady until the arrival of the all-electric third-generation model.
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