Unleash the Beauty
The Range Rover Evoque is a beauty born from the wild and raised in the city. The utilitarian Range Rover that once could slog through jungles and deserts has, over the years, evolved into a sleek mover that we will take to a five-star country club.
Available in 5-door body styles, Evoque’s bold and progressive design reaffirms its class-leading status for 2016. It has a more muscular appearance with its new bumper and a set of significantly enlarged lower air intakes. The new slimline LED fog lamps are repositioned from the middle to the top of the air intakes creating a more streamlined appearance.
Land Rover’s award-winning design team has further enhanced Evoque’s contemporary interior for 2016. The highly-distinctive cabin is defined by premium quality materials, clean surface treatments, and the bold intersection between the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the powerful vertical lines of the centre console. Luxurious front and rear seats retain Evoque’s outstanding levels of comfort and support while introducing a sportier, more technical aesthetic to perfectly complement the progressive exterior design.
The InControl™ Touch – an innovative infotainment system featuring a highly intuitive 8-inch touchscreen with capacitive technology for an enhanced user-experience, is perfectly positioned in the fascia. Bluetooth audio and phone capability, a 6-speaker stereo system and USB connectivity are included for all specifications. The InControl™ Touch homescreen presents a clear choice of the most commonly requested infotainment functions: audio, telephone and satellite-navigation.
The Evoque is powered by the Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine as standard with four-wheel drive and an advanced ZF 9-speed automatic transmission. Producing 240 horsepower and 340Nm torque, this compact, lightweight but powerful engine ensures the flexibility essential for responsive in-gear acceleration, towing up to 1,800kg and tackling all-terrain conditions. Si4 derivatives can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 7.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 217km/h.
Evoque is outstanding to drive off-road as well as on, it has a wading depth of 500mm and a suite of advanced all-terrain technologies. The All-Terrain Progress Control is fitted to further complement the Evoque’s highly accomplished four-wheel-drive chassis with its signature Terrain Response technology. It allows a very low speed – lower than the natural creep speed of the vehicle, if desired – to be automatically maintained in challenging off-road environments where steep gradients, rough terrain and low-grip levels make maintaining an ideal speed difficult.
Whatever the weather conditions, Evoque continues to deliver an all-terrain capability that is a hallmark of the Land Rover brand.
This article first appeared in the January-March 2017 issue of Borneo Insider’s Guide magazine.