Land Rover unveiled the 2014MY Range Rover Evoque making a further significant leap forward with the introduction of new technologies. For those who don’t know, Land Rover sold more than 170,000 Evoques around the world in just 18 months and the 2014MY promises to have even greater appeal. The most important addition is the 9-speed automatic transmission.
As you may remember, back in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover showed the Evoque fitted with the ZF-9HP automatic transmission, among the world's first 9-speed units fitted to a passenger car. Besides the 9-speed automatic transmission, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque offers seven new driver assistance features and detail design enhancements inside and out.
As an option, Land Rover offers the Active Driveline, the world's first 'on demand' four-wheel drive system. According to the British manufacturer, this system enhances agility and improves fuel efficiency by operating in front-wheel drive only during steady-state driving at speeds above 22 mph or 35 km/h.
The system is able to monitor vehicle dynamics and automatically reconnects four-wheel drive (within 300 milliseconds) whenever it is needed. Active Driveline also features Active Torque Biasing with electronic-Diff (e-Diff) technology that distributes torque between the rear wheels, optimizing traction and stability. Torque Vectoring by Braking feature further enhances agility and safety by redirecting torque between all four wheels to counteract understeer.
As we said, the 2014 Evoque offers seven new features including: Park Exit (to automatically exit parallel parking bays), Perpendicular Park (to position the car centrally in parking bays), Adaptive Cruise Control (with Queue Assist, Forward Alert and Intelligent Emergency Braking), Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection (to warn drivers of oncoming traffic), Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Wade Sensing.
In terms of design, we find a new style of Land Rover badge on the grille, new wheel centres and tailgate, four new alloy wheel styles and new colour options for the interior. Under the hood, we find the 2.2-liter diesel engine delivering 150 PS, or the more powerful version with 190 PS.
The 2.0-liter petrol engine is also available with 240 hp. With the addition of the 9-speed automatic transmission, the fuel economy is improved by 11.4 percent, while CO2 emissions are reduced by 9.5 percent. Combined fuel consumption for the 2014 range is up to 57.6 mpg, with CO2 emissions starting from as low as 129 g/km.
Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque was inspired by the LRX concept car, which earned global praise for its exciting interpretation of the Range Rover’s classic design cues.
The LRX concept’s spirit lives on through the Evoque, thanks to smart design and meticulous engineering. While the Evoque carries the essence of the LRX, it does so without sacrificing the core values of the Range Rover. These core values are of refined performance, interior luxury, and all-terrain capability.
According to Gerry McGovern, design director at Land Rover, the Evoque signals a bold evolution of the Range Rover design through its new interpretations of the brand’s classic design cues. It has also stayed faithful to the core values of the Range Rover.
McGovern adds that with an athletic stance and dynamic profile, the Evoque is able to adopt a dynamic profile. This is also made possible by the vehicle’s dramatic rising beltline, the distinctive taper to its floating roofline, and the muscular shoulder that runs its length.
What’s more, the car’s wheels are pushed out to its corners, giving it a purposeful stance. Its wheel arches are also wide and are softly integrated into its body, whereas its carefully sculpted corners reduce visual front and rear overhangs significantly.
Beneath the Evoque’s dramatic exterior, the car gives customers a meticulously crafted luxury cabin that incorporates elegant design and premium quality materials.