Published on August 21st, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Land Rover Evoque Gets Upgraded & A 9-Speed Gearbox

Land Rover has unveiled the upgraded 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 2014 model promises to have even greater appeal. The most important addition is the 9-speed automatic transmission. 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 Land Rover, this system enhances agility and improves fuel efficiency by operating in front-wheel drive only during steady-state driving at speeds above 35km/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 150PS, or the more powerful version with 190PS. The 2.0-liter petrol engine is also available with 240hp. 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.

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