Land Rover is strengthening its EV line-up with the launch of the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography, billed as its ‘most luxurious and connected compact SUV.’
Featuring natty exterior design accents and an unequivocally luxurious interior, the Autobiography is available in a ‘full-fat’ plug-in, petrol-electric version – using the same 309PS P300e unit already seen in the Discovery Sport, good for a 66 all-electric mile range – as well with a new pair of updated, efficient next-generation four-cylinder ‘Ingenium’ diesel engine options, both featuring Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology.
These new units – available in 165PS and 200PS variants (0-60mph in 9.5 and 7.9secs for the auto AWD versions, respectively) do the ‘mild’ thang of recovering energy normally frittered away under deceleration, and then feeding it back into the car’s separate onboard 48-volt battery, in order to hike on-road performance and fuel economy.
Features natty exterior design accents and an unequivocally luxurious interior…
The big news inside the cabin, however, is the introduction of the new Pivi infotainment system. Unveiled at CES 2020 as a replacement for the old JLR InControl system, Pivi Pro (no, it’s an arbitary trademark-friendly name, it doesn’t stand for anything clever) uses a dual embedded SIM arrangement which allows it to automatically download updates ‘over the air’ for maps, apps, services and vehicle software.
Cleverly, Pivi Pro (available as standard on S, SE and HSE models) also dispenses with the need for drivers to wrangle with streaming Spotify from their phones to the car as Spotify Premium is directly integrated into the infotainment system itself. Other new benefits include the ability to simultaneously connect to two phones via Bluetooth plus wireless charging for compatible handsets
Journeys through, shall we say, malodorous areas also promise to be more tolerable, too, thanks to an all-new Cabin Air Filtration system. Designed to ensure that the air inside the car is cleaner than the stuff outside, the system (based on Nanoe ionizer tech) filters out fine particulate matter, allergens, pollen and even strong whiffs… just engage ‘Purify’ mode to work the magic.
Also new is a Rear Collision Monitor system – which uses radar to scan what’s racing up behind you and better prep the car’s occupants if an impact is impending – plus a 3D Surround Camera that should make parking when you’re carrying a vision-obstructing load a little less hit and a lot more miss.
Land Rover is being a bit coy on pricing – it merely says that the new Evoques cost ‘from £32,100’ – but something tells us the Autobiography variants might set you back a fair bit more than that.