Land Rover has brought a series of well-known road signs to life as part of a unique urban capability test for the New Range Rover Evoque. The original compact SUV showcased its all-terrain credentials in London’s financial district. But it also demonstrated the smart technology that makes it a leader in its class.
Drivers and passers-by watched on as the Evoque traversed obstacles framed by four-metre high warning triangles
This way it recreated the familiar road sign graphics used to warn drivers of ‘uneven road’ and ‘steep hill’. Both challenges showcased the indisputable all-terrain capability of Land Rover’s new vehicle architecture in an urban environment.
Pete Simkin, Chief Programme Engineer, said:
“The New Range Rover Evoque is built for the city. But not at the expense of trademark all-terrain capability. Bringing these two worlds together in such an eye-catching and unique way was a great demonstration of the engineering and technical revolution behind our luxury compact SUV.”
On the banks of the River Thames, the smallest SUV in the Range Rover family negotiated a 40-degree ramp. It represented a ‘steep hill’. This way the car demonstrated how the new Evoque’s short overhangs, 25-degree approach angle as well as the use of Land Rover’s renowned Hill Descent Control enable it to go above and beyond.
The introduction of second-generation Active Driveline combined with 212mm ground clearance provided optimum traction as well as assured on-road ability and refinement. The Range Rover Evoque drove across staggered speed humps, representing the ‘uneven road’ warning sign.
A real-world version of ‘wild animals’ then deftly demonstrated the segment-first ClearSight Rear View Mirror technology
With the flick of a switch, this smart tech enables the driver to see past objects obscuring visibility of the road behind.
The Range Rover Evoque has been built on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture. It accommodates plug-in and mild hybrid systems. A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain will join the range later this year. The car is on offer with a suite of advanced technologies from launch. They include the world’s first ‘Ground View’ technology. The new Evoque is more capable than ever before providing driving refinement, precise body control as well as agile handling across any terrain.
The New Range Rover Evogue has had other adventures as well. At the end of 2018 celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it to buy all the ingredients for his Indian-inspired bhaji burger. Jamie took a shortcut as well as waded through water pools taking the car through its paces. After that Jamie cooked it for guests at Land Rover’s Evoque Experience.
The Range Rover Evoque is designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain and combines unrivalled Range Rover heritage with cutting-edge technology. The vehicle meets the needs of today’s customers with its agile handling, making it ideally suited to tight city streets.
— Land Rover UK (@LandRover_UK) February 21, 2019