All-new Range Rover Evoque launched in Singapore



Second generation version of Range Rover’s strong-selling sports utility vehicle officially launched in Singapore, with prices for the new Evoque starting at $233,999 with COE

SINGAPORE

Local distributor Wearnes Automotive has announced the arrival of the all-new Range Rover Evoque in Singapore, and prices for the strong-selling compact premium sport utility vehicle (SUV) starts at $233,999 with COE.

Ever since its introduction in 2011, the Evoque has gone on to sell almost 800,000 units worldwide, and nearly 2,000 units in Singapore, making it a whirlwind success for the Range Rover brand. Many buyers were undoubtedly attracted to the Evoque’s sleek, head-turning looks, and its positioning as a stylish entry model into the Range Rover family certainly held much appeal for the younger set.

It’s no surprise then that the new version carries on the style of its predecessor, with a similar-looking design that also incorporates some styling elements from other members of the Range Rover family, such as the Velar, in particular the slim-looking taillights and the pop-out door handles that lie flush with the car when locked. However, Land Rover claims that the new Evoque boasts 100% fresh sheetmetal, with nothing carried over from the old model, despite their similar styling.

The interior has also been redesigned, and once again it takes inspiration from its Velar big brother, with the double touchscreens from which you control nearly every conceivable function of the car, from the audio system to the air conditioning and the various selectable driving modes.

Two versions of the new Evoque will be available, the standard R-Dynamic SE ($233,999 with COE), and the First Edition launch special ($266,999 with COE). Both are powered by turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four-pots, but the First Edition offers more power (249bhp and 365Nm of torque) over the regular R-Dynamic (200bhp and 320Nm of torque). 0-100km/h takes 7.5 seconds for the First Edition, and 8.5 seconds for the R-Dynamic, while top speed stands at 230km/h and 216km/h respectively.

More interestingly, both powerplants are 48-volt mild hybrid units, a first for a production Land Rover. The system harvests energy typically lost during deceleration, and stores it in the floor-mounted battery via a belt-integrated starter generator. At speeds below 17km/h, the system allows for coasting with the engine shut off, and the stored energy can be deployed to assist with acceleration when pulling away. Despite that however, both models incur a $10,000 VES surcharge as their emissions output puts them into VES Category C1.

Aside from the extra power, the Launch Edition also comes with additional features such as a blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, matrix LED headlights, heated front seats, and a Meridian 10 speaker sound system. It also comes with a nifty rear camera hidden inside the roof-mounted antenna that can display a live feed of what’s going on behind you through a high-definition display in the rear view mirror, a system which Land Rover calls ClearSight.

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone…

The new Evoque will have its work cut out in the marketplace though, as it now faces an ever expanding slate of rivals in the premium SUV segment, including the BMW X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and its close family relation, the Jaguar F-Pace.

Wearnes expects the new Evoque to carry on where its predecessor left off, and the new car has already received around 20 bookings from customers following an earlier preview here at the Singapore Motor Show. The new Evoque will be on display at the atrium of Paragon Shopping Centre until Sunday 18 May.

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