Land Rover has launched the second-generation Range Rover Evoque in India, with prices starting at Rs 54.94 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India) for the petrol and diesel models. The smallest Range Rover comes in two variants – S and R-Dynamic SE – and two engine options.
The previous-generation Evoque was on sale for Rs 52.06-61.94 lakh for the petrol versions and Rs 52.06-62.96 lakh for the diesel models, which means the entry-level model's price has increased by about Rs 290,000. The new range-topping variant - the Evoque D180 R-Dynamic SE that is priced at Rs 59.85 lakh, costs about Rs 311,000 less than the previously available top-spec HSE Dynamic variant. The company says the deliveries for the diesel models will begin immediately, while deliveries for petrol models will begin later.
Commenting on the launch Rohit Suri, president and MD, Jaguar Land Rover India said: “The Range Rover Evoque has always been the most stylish and distinguished compact SUV in its category. Carrying forth this legacy, the New Range Rover Evoque packs fresh enhancements in design and technology, setting new standards in refinement and capability. We are confident that our latest offering with its sophisticated design and high technology quotient will build strong appeal amongst all Land Rover fans.”
At present, Jaguar Land Rover stakes claim to have a 16 percent market share in the segment of the luxury car market in which it operates, says a top company executive.
Without disclosing the sales figure, Rohit Suri, President and MD, Jaguar Land Rover (India) said: “Market share has grown. We have a 16 percent market share in the relevant segments we compete in.”
The new Range Rover Evoque comes with JLR’s Ingenium line of BS VI-compliant petrol and diesel engines. The diesel is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit (D180) that’s good for 180hp and 430Nm of torque, while the petrol (P250) is a 249hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol unit with an optional 48V mild-hybrid system. Power is channelled to all-four wheels through a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The new-gen Evoque is based on a new platform that’s been built with electrification in mind.
Even in entry-level form, the Evoque is fairly well-kitted. Automatic LED headlights with DRLs, heated wing mirrors, a powered tail-gate, a panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloys, two-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, leather seats and steering, 40:20:40 split/folding rear seats, 10-way power adjustable front seats, cruise control and Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 all-wheel drive system are standard. Infotainment duties are taken care of by a 10-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, navigation, JLR’s Connect Pro in-car connectivity suite and a standard speaker system.
The Evoque R-Dynamic SE gets additional features like a dynamic turn indicators, a 380W Meridian sound system, a digital instrument cluster, 14-way power adjustable front seats with memory function and keyless entry, along with a number of exterior and interior trim and embellishments.
Safety kit such as six airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts at the rear, a pedestrian airbag, emergency brake assist, hill ascent and descent assist, stability control, traction control, a rear camera with front and rear sensors and lane keep assist as standard across the range.
Land Rover has reworked the styling, taking inspiration from the larger Velar. The updated front end features a new headlight design, updated grille and a new front bumper. On the side, the Evoque maintains its overall silhouette but now gets Velar-like pop-out door handles. At the back, the Evoque gets a new bumper and new tail-lights that mimic the Velar’s.
As for its rivals, the new Evoque will compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3 and Audi Q5 in the market. In our review, the Evoque wowed us with its stylish design and luxurious cabin.