In financial difficulty with its compatriot Jaguar, Land Rover has the right cards in hand to weather the storm. It has just launched a big novelty, the Defender, and is accelerating on the electrified vehicle market with the arrival of the plug-in hybrid on the Discovery Sport and Evoque. The latter is exhibited at the Caradisiac Auto Show, along with the Defender, which continues to be debated with its new modern formula.
The Land Rover stand live from the Caradisiac Auto Show
Range Rover Evoque: something new under the hood
Released in February 2019
From 150 to 309 hp
From 39,750 €
After the cardboard box of the first generation, Land Rover took no risks and made the Evoque evolve smoothly, at least in terms of style. Perhaps too much because this second generation, although aesthetically successful, has trouble attracting attention in traffic. There have been some changes, taken from the new big brother Velar, such as the door handles that can be hidden in the bodywork or the black strip between the lights. The Evoque is Land Rover's Golf or 911!
The dashboard has set the screen time, again with a strong inspiration from the big brother. There are thus two screens at the level of the central console, one for infotainment, the other for the air conditioning settings. Without forgetting the digital instrumentation. In its change of generation, the Evoque had the good taste to keep its compact size. It thus measures only 4.37 meters in length. However, be careful with the steering wheel due to its substantial width, 1.90 meters!
The Evoque is offered with a wide range of engines, with generalized micro-hybridization. There is in essence a 2.0 available in 200, 250 and 300 hp. In diesel, the 2.0 exists in 163 and 204 hp.
But the great technical innovation has just arrived. This is a plug-in hybrid version. It has a 1.5 petrol three-cylinder engine and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The maximum cumulative power is 309 hp. With a 15 kWh battery, this Evoque can travel up to 66 km entirely electric. This P300e avoids any penalties.
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Land Rover Defender: classic heavily revisited
Marketed in June 2020
From 200 to 400 hp
From 49,900 €
He's finally back. But in a completely revised form! Everything has changed, except the name! So yes, the adventurous spirit remains. The Defender is still the king of the crossing and Land Rover will always offer typical utility models and a host of accessories to go camping in the countryside. But the Defender goes straight upmarket. The purists will be disappointed (and may fall back on the Ineos Grenadier). But for parent company Tata, a sleeker Defender stands a better chance of winning over wealthy customers around the world.
We therefore forget the rustic airs. The Defender 2020 version no longer fits in the bodywork with visible screws and hinges, preferring a sleeker silhouette. The model still makes a few nods to the past. At least it brings a breath of fresh air to the Land Rover range, whose models are too similar.
Obviously, the move upmarket is also seen inside, with digital instrumentation and large touchscreen. However, Land Rover has kept in mind that the model has to be practical. The dashboard is thus crossed by a wide retaining bar. The air conditioning controls remain classic. The gear lever is located on the console, which allows for a third seat in the front. The large model 110 can accommodate seven people.
Under the hood, we have a 2.0 diesel with 200 or 240 hp, a 2.0 petrol with 300 hp and a six-cylinder in-line with 400 hp. A 404hp P400e plug-in hybrid will soon hit the road. Of course, all-wheel drive is standard! A camera system allows you to "see" through the hood.
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The 1st Caradisiac auto show could not have taken place without the active support of the Cotentin agglomeration community and the Association des Amis du Hangar à Dirigeables d'Ecausseville. Many thanks to all those who facilitated the reception of Caradisiac in the airship hangar of Ecausseville, a unique historical monument in the world!
Our warmest thanks to the Prévost Group, which supported us from the very start in this adventure of organizing the 1st Caradisiac auto show. His experience has facilitated the management of the delivery flows of more than one hundred cars in the Hangar d'Ecausseville, nestled in the Normandy countryside!