Yes it’s a new Range Rover. Yes it has a plug-in hybrid option. But it also features a world first – ‘X-ray vision’. The Range Rover Evoque – which has just been unveiled – takes JLR’s transparent bonnet concept to the next level.
It has cameras in the front grille and on the door mirrors which project a feed onto the central touchscreen to show what is ahead of and underneath the front of the vehicle with a virtual 180-degree view. This helps the driver maintain visibility when negotiating extreme terrains as well as city-centres.
Its ClearSight Rear View is another advanced technology. At the touch of a button, the rear-view mirror transforms into a high-definition, by displaying a rear-facing camera feed onto the mirror, the driver’s view is enhanced by a camera positioned above the rear window. This technology also delivers clearer visibility in low light conditions.
The Evoque comes with a choice of petrol, diesel or hybrid electric engines. JLR has already announced that, from 2020, every new Jaguar and Land Rover will have the option of electrification.
The SUV is designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain. In a press release Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: “Our commitment to UK production remains firm and the new Evoque benefits from a £1bn investment. With this, we are introducing new technology and Range Rover refinement into the luxury compact SUV segment that the original model created.”
Order books for the Evoque will open at the end of November and deliveries will begin early in 2019.