New Range Rover Evoque: exclusive images

Next generation of popular luxury SUV, due 2019, to offer greater space, tech and scope for personalisation

Given the runaway success of its predecessor, the next Range Rover Evoque will pay homage to its roots rather than herald a design revolution.

Range Rover knows a thing or two about having a hit on its hands. With over 600,000 of the original Evoque (pictured) sold since 2011 and order books for the recently released Velar filling up fast, the company’s design team can seemingly do no wrong in customers’ eyes.

And it’s the Velar that’s likely to provide inspiration for the 2019 Evoque, with smash-hit design elements like pop-out door handles lending further sleekness to the Evoque’s already style-conscious form.

The Velar’s headlights should also trickle down to the next-gen Evoque, becoming better integrated and flusher with the car’s bodywork. At the rear, we could well see a horizontal bar seguing with the rear lights and running across the width of the Evoque’s boot.

The Evoque’s arch-filling wheels should become even more prominent, and while it may grow slightly in height to increase headroom, neat window, spoiler and colour-coded roof designs should maintain the car’s lithe looks. Personalisation and advanced connectivity will feature heavily, too, and are likely to provide the 2019 Evoque with a genuinely sophisticated and tailored interior environment.

One thing that’s unlikely to change with the next Evoque is its mechanical underpinnings. Shared with the forthcoming Jaguar E-Pace, this backbone should be stretched by 20mm for the 2019 Evoque to increase interior space. And while the ‘D8’ platform is understood not to be able to accommodate hybrid technology, it can take Jaguar Land Rover’s latest ‘Ingenium’ engines.

That means we can expect a roster of 2.0-litre petrols and diesels, offering power outputs between 148 and 286bhp. The Evoque range will remain intact, too, with the three-door Coupe and Convertible bolstering the five-door model.

And while 2019 might seem some way off, Range Rover recently announced a ‘Landmark’ edition of the Evoque – usually reserved for Land Rover and Range Rover products approaching their autumn year. Evoque production should continue for another 18 months or so, however.

We expect the new Evoque to maintain its forbear’s starting price of £32,000, but customised tech-laden models could reach and breach the £60,000 mark.

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