The new Range Rover Evoque has Land Rover’s responsible business approach at its heart.
The second generation car will be built on a new mixed-metal architecture, and each Evoque will have up to 33kg of natural or recycled material to help minimise its environmental impact, while being engineered and built in Carbon Neutral UK locations.
Joining the Kvadrat and Miko suede cloth wool blend, seen on the Range Rover Velar, is a material called Doumicel Tencel. The raw textile, made from robust fibres sourced from sustainably-grown eucalyptus and other deciduous trees pulp, creates a high performance alternative to traditional leather upholstery. The fabric is more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen, making it ideal for a car interior.
Chris Thorp, Responsible Business Director, Jaguar Land Rover said: “The way we make our vehicles and the materials that go into them is of vital importance to everyone at Jaguar Land Rover.
“The use of recycled and natural materials in the new Evoque along with the addition of hybrid powertrains not only enhances its appeal but also underpins our approach to sustainable luxury.”
Alongside a range of efficient petrol and diesel Ingenium engines will be a 48-volt mild-hybrid electric system, which harvests the energy normally lost during deceleration and stores it in an underfloor battery.
The extra energy will be used to assist the engine under acceleration, helping reduce fuel consumption and making it ideal for start-stop traffic in towns and cities. It will be joined by a plug-in hybrid model in 2019.
David Skipper, Land Rover Hybrid System Integration Manager, said: “Electrification is central to future mobility solutions and mild hybrids are the first step on this path. An MHEV doesn’t need charging and delivers real-world fuel consumption reductions that benefit almost all Evoque buyers.”
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