The Velar is what the Evoque should've been from the beginning
The Velar was first introduced in 2017 and immediately rendered the Evoque utterly pointless. Prior to its unveiling, the Evoque did indeed serve a purpose. It was a stylish* and luxurious vehicle for the middle classes in the towns and cities. It was an instant best seller when it first entered the market way back in prehistoric 2011.
I've never really had much of a passionate hatred for the Evoque. I never really understood why some Land Rover fans practically considered it be the devil's work. The first generation Evoque, looked nice and there had never been another Range Rover like it, and yet slotted in nicely alongside the then somewhat out of date third generation Range Rover and second generation Sport.
However when the Velar was introduced in 2017, it made the Evoque not only looked a bit dated by comparison, but perhaps a bit pointless as well. The Velar is a subtly designed car, it's not a "shouty" car.
It's interesting because the hatred directed at the Evoque just doesn't exist for Velar, unless I'm blind to it.
In 2018, the second generation Evoque was unveiled. On the face of it, it's very nearly the same as the first generation version. However, it's clear that the latest Evoque has been somewhat influenced by its cool younger brother. The overall shape remains the same, but the rear view is clearly a bit off a Velar knock-off. Not that that matters, they are part of the same company and designed by the same guy after all.
And it is not just with the Evoque. The Discovery Sport has also been influenced by the Velar, with its second generation model, though I may now be grasping at straws.
The Velar appears so modern, it just appears to glide across the road, it's so elegant. The Velar is what the Evoque should've been from the beginning for the fact that, up to a point, the Velar has rendered the Evoque a bit pointless beyond printing money for Land Rover. The Velar is now the preferred smaller Range Rover for the middle class city dwellers.