The second-generation Range Rover Evoque was previously previewed in Malaysia at last month’s paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE), with an official launch set to take place in the first quarter of 2020. It looks like Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia is on track to introduce the stylish SUV, as three units have been spotted undergoing vehicle type approval (VTA) by paultan.org reader “alldisc.”
Based on the VTA note posted on one of the units, it looks like we’ll be getting the Evoque with the P200 AWD powertrain. This consists of an Ingenium 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 200 PS (197 hp) and 320 Nm torque, a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system (with Terrain Response 2).
It also appears that there will be at least two exterior trims on offer, including a base version as well as a R-Dynamic exterior package. The latter is identified by a bonnet vents and a more expressive front bumper, which sports additional slats on the corner inlets and a body-coloured lower apron. While there are no rear shots of the cars, the R-Dynamic model also gets a more prominent rear “diffuser,” along with faux exhaust outlets.
Built on Land Rover’s mixed-material Premium Transverse Architecture, the latest Evoque’s dimensions are rather similar to the original, as it measures 4,371 mm long (unchanged from before), 1,904 mm wide (+4 mm) and 1,649 mm tall (+14 mm). However, there’s more cabin space with the new platform, as the wheelbase is now up by 21 mm to 2,681 mm.
Design-wise, cues from the first-gen like the sweptback roofline and rising shoulder line have been carried over, joined by more pronounced haunches and wheel arches. We also see influences from the Velar in other areas, including the slim LED headlamps, sweeping directional indicators, flush door handles and taillight arrangement.
Moving inside, the Evoque’s upgraded cabin carries the Velar’s interior design, and features a more minimalistic dash layout with slimmer air vents and uncluttered surfaces. The latter mostly due to the dual-10-inch-screen Touch Pro Duo system, with the car’s infotainment and climate controls being accessed via touch panels rather than conventional buttons and dials.