- 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Keeps Its Good Looks, Trades Its Old Tech
Alas, the Evoque’s “mild-hybrid” powertrain option is no more.
Land Rover pulled the sheet off the all-new second-generation Range Rover Evoque just last year, but it’s already updating its style-forward compact SUV. Among other things, the 2021 Range Rover Evoque receives Jaguar Land Rover’s new Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment system that’s said to be faster and more responsive than the unit it replaces—a feat, it must be said, that would not be difficult to achieve.
For 2021, the Range Rover Evoque is offered in five trim levels, with the base Evoque S P250 starting at $44,350 and the range-topping Evoque R-Dynamic HSE P250 priced from $54,450. As before, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque comes standard. But now that’s the only powertrain on offer, as Land Rover has stripped the P300 “mild-hybrid” option from the lineup. That variant used the same turbo 2.0-liter four-pot but paired it with an electric motor and 48-volt electrical system, which yielded a combined output of 296 horses and 295 lb-ft of twist. Land Rover says the P300 was dropped to ease the decision-making process for Evoque customers. All Evoque models come standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The big news is the aforementioned Pivi Pro infotainment that’s spreading across Land Rover’s model range. The system comes standard on all Evoques and takes advantage of the new electrical architecture that debuted on the 2020 Land Rover Defender, which is said to be future-proofed to allow the adoption of next-gen driver-assistance and convenience features. The electrical architecture also includes two Qualcomm LTE data modems, including one dedicated solely to over-the-air software updates and another focused on streaming music and apps. Meanwhile, Snapdragon processors and a QNX operating system improve speed and responsiveness.
Inside, the 2021 Range Rover Evoque features new bits such as a three-spoke steering wheel with capacitive-touch switches, USB-C ports, an optional wireless charging pad, standard satin-chrome seat switches, and available satin-chrome paddle shifters. Freshly adopted exterior colors include Portofino Blue and Lantau Bronze, and there’s also a new 18-inch 10-spoke wheel design in gloss black. And yes, you can still get your Evoque with 21-inch wheels if you so choose.
Also coming online for 2021 is an available “Advanced Cabin Air Filtration” system, which is claimed to screen out particulates as small as 2.5 microns. When set to Purify mode, the system will automatically turn on when its sensors detect allergens above a certain level. In addition, every Evoque now comes with a surround-view camera and can be equipped with driver-assistance features such as rear collision monitoring.
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