Land Rover refreshes top-selling EvoquePOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 11 March 2015
LAND ROVER has announced a revamp of its biggest-selling model, the Range Rover Evoque, using the word “strengthened” in its press release.
The luxury compact SUV features a range of new design features and technologies, which its maker says reinforces its status as a market leader.
Externally, a new front bumper is featured along with two new grille designs, the option of LED headlamps and three new alloy wheel designs.
Interior changes include new seats and door casings, a new infotainment system, with an eight-inch touchscreen – already used in the new Discovery Sport – as well as new colours and materials.
The revamped Evoque is the first of Jaguar/Land Rover’s vehicles to use the Tata of India-owned group’s new aluminium Ingenium diesel engine. The Euro 6 compliant 2.0-litre turbodiesel four is said to bring a class-leading combination of performance, refinement and efficiency.
The power-unit provides up to 132kW, fuel economy of up to 4.4l/100km and CO2 emissions as low as 114g/km, making it the most efficient Land Rover produced.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director and chief creative officer said: “Our challenge has been to evolve the Evoque design without diluting its distinctive character.”
The introduction of the slim line LED fog lamps and a noticeably wider tow-eye cover works well with the new front bumper and grille designs. The enlarged air intakes hint of a sporting character and create a more solid visual on-road stance.
The 2016 Evoque is the first Jaguar or Land Rover to be offered with optional full-LED adaptive headlamps, with the technology creating a signature headlamp and tail lamp design.
The distinctive bonnet vents previously fitted only to three- door models are now introduced on the five-door HSE, Dynamic and Autobiography models, while a new tailgate spoiler includes a wider, slimmer high-level LED rear brake light.
With three all-new alloy wheel designs with two finishes, a choice of Dynamic or standard body kit, and a board swatche of exterior colours with contrast roof design options, Land Rover says there are more possibilities for customising the Evoque externally.
The new aluminium Ingenium diesel engine, or TD4, is 20-30kg lighter than its Ford/PSA predecessor with a stiffer cylinder blocks and decoupled injectors ensuring lower levels of vibration and noise.
The unit is available with two power outputs: 110kW offering fuel economy of up to 4.4l/100km and class-leading CO2 emissions of 109g/km, while the potent 132kW unit offers 4.8l/100km and CO2 emissions from 133g/km.
The engines have variable valve timing and a series of low friction technologies. Selective catalytic reduction and a new low- pressure exhaust gas recirculation system significantly reduce NOx emissions.
The 2016 model year Evoque is also offered with Land Rover’s advanced 177kW Si4 petrol engine and thus powered, it can accelerate from 0-100kmh in just 7.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 217kmh. Fuel economy is 7.8l/100km and CO2 emissions of 181g/km.
The range of improvements engineered into the 2016 Evoque includes a series of new convenience features like a new eight-inch InControlTM Touch touchscreen infotainment system on the Pure and SE Evoque models.
It features easy-to-navigate menus and allows users to swipe between screens as you do with a modern smartphone. Optional apps allow owners to access many popular smartphone apps using a centrally-mounted touchscreen on the central console.
The six-speaker stereo system can be upgraded to include SD- card based satellite navigation and DAB+.
InControlTM Touch Plus, standard on HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography models. has HDD-based navigation. The optional rear-seat entertainment system is complete with a pair of eight-inch video screens and wireless digital headphones, with a choice of 11 or 17-speaker Meridian audio system.
From SE models upwards, the Evoque allows owners to automatically open and close the tailgate by waving a foot beneath the rear bumper, even with a towbar.
For the 2016 model year the Evoque has Land Rover’s All- Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), which was first seen on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
The system maintains a pre-determined speed (selected using the cruise control function) in forward or reverse gears between 1.8kmh and 30kmh, allowing the driver to concentrate on negotiating tricky terrain.
New safety features included in the 2016 model for the first time include optional lane-keeping assist, which uses the stereo digital camera to prevent unintended lane changes by monitoring road markings. If the vehicle begins to drift into an adjacent lane without the driver signalling beforehand it applies a gentle steering correction to maintain position.
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is fitted as standard across the range and prevents or greatly reduces the severity of accidents in the event of the driver failing to respond to danger.
Using an advanced forward-facing stereo digital camera, if a collision risk is detected, the system alerts the driver by visual and audible prompts.
If the driver still fails to take evasive action, the system responds to help avoid collisions below 50kmh, and reduces the severity of an impact at speeds below 80kmh.
Attention assist estimation completes the set advanced new safety systems. It monitors steering inputs to detect when a driver is at risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Audible alarms and visual warnings signal when drowsiness is detected.
More than 400,000 Evoques have been produced since 2011. making it the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time. Last year, 2014, marked the Evoque’s most successful year with 125,364 sales around the world.
Deliveries begin in August 2015, in over 170 markets worldwide and specific timing and pricing for each market will be announced closer to the launch of the vehicle.