Visitors to the Frankfurt Motor Show witnessed the debut of the 2014 Range Rover Evoque, which features several modifications, of which the most significant is the use of a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. The nine-speed gearbox that ZF supplied was first seen earlier in the year at the Geneva Motor Show as a prototype. Production has already begun for this gearbox.
It will be available as standard for the Land Rover-made Evoque’s one petrol and two diesel engines. Land Rover said that its fuel economy rating is better by up to 11.4% while its CO2 emissions is lower by up to 9.5% in some models. The most frugal – the front-wheel-drive, 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel version -- returns 57.6mpg when combined and has CO2 emissions of 129g/km.
Range Rover also gave the 2014 Evoque an Active Driveline ‘on demand’ four-wheel drive system. This new feature is offered as an option. For improved fuel economy, the all-wheel-drive Evoques makes a switch to front-drive mode during steady driving conditions above 22mph.
If the conditions require it, the system will automatically go back to four-wheel drive in 300 milliseconds. Another interesting feature in Active Driveline is Active Torque Biasing that comes with an electronic differential (called e-Diff) to split torque between the rear wheels, boosting traction and stability.
The four-wheel drive system also now features Torque Vectoring by Braking, which is standard as opposed to being part of the Active Driveline option. Because of this feature, the vehicle becomes more agile and safe as torque is split among the four wheels.
As a result, it prevents understeer. The revised Evoque comes with different parking assist, lane departure and traffic sign recognition systems, as well as a wade sensor. The exterior received slight detail modifications, including new badges and new alloy wheel options. The automaker is also offering additional color options for the interior.
Inspired by the LRX concept car, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque garnered a lot of positive reviews when it was announced for its indelible take on previous Range Rover designs. These cues can be seen in the Evoque's luxurious interior, unbeatable all-terrain capability, and dedicated engineering team who worked wonders in bringing these values to life. Gerry McGovern Land Rover's Design Director said that by combining new technology with old sensibilities, they’re bringing new life to the Range Rover. He also said that the exterior changes they’ve developed have given the Range Rover a powerful presence and a streamlined stance.
The wheels have been moved to the four corners to broaden its stance and the Evoque is more streamlined due to the removal of the usual visual overhangs you would expect from the vehicle’s front and rear. They have also added wider wheel arches to drop the vehicle’s stance.
Impeccably crafted luxury interior
As you would expect from a Range Rover, the interior is exciting, sumptuous and comes with a sharp cabin with excellent trimmings and premium embossing. McGovern talked about the clear line between the instrument panel and the central console and the fact that these bold lines are a major aspect of the classic Range Rover design.