The Range Rover Evoque P300 HST is priced from £50,440 in the UK, and its headline feature is its 300bhp MHEV (mild-hybrid) drivetrain, enabling 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds.
The Evoque HST also comes with a package of exterior upgrades. It’s based on the R-Dynamic S model, normally distinguished from the R-Dynamic by having 18in wheels rather than 17in, but for the HST model Land Rover have fitted 20in alloys in Gloss Black, with red calipers.
The suite of Black Pack details extends to the sliding panoramic roof, Range Rover bonnet script, bonnet louvres, door mirrors and side vents. Eight exterior paint colours are available.
Interior treats include traffic sign recognition and 10-way adjustable seats. The HST’s enhanced spec also means the driver has a 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster known as the Interactive Driver Display, with suede cloth steering wheel and headlining.
The dash has a 10-inch deployable touch-screen running JLR’s PiviPro infotainment system, with a 13-speaker 400W Meridian Sound System for enveloping occupants in your favourite whale song as you cruise serenely around the urban jungle.
HST? That sounds familiar…
Yes, it probably does. That’s because in 2019 Land Rover launched the Range Rover Sport HST P400, a straight-six petrol with a 48v electric supercharger, plus gloss black details, suede cloth steering wheel and snippets of carbon fibre. The Evoque HST (priced about £30k lower) ‘takes inspiration from’ its bigger brother, says Land Rover, while powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder version of the Ingenium engine.
This isn’t quite the fastest accelerating Evoque – that gong still goes to the PHEV (plug-in hybrid) P300e which despatches 60mph in only by 6.1 seconds. But with even the slowest Evoque model (the D150 AWD auto) managing to hit the magic milestone in a far-from-shabby 10.4 seconds, these figures arguably mean little in the real world.
The Range Rover Evoque HST is available to order now. Play with Land Rover’s online configurator here.