MORE PERFORMANCE, LESS FUEL, LOWER EMISSIONS: RANGE ROVER EVOQUE’S 2014 MAKEOVER IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP
- New, responsive 9-speed automatic transmission
- New driver assistance and convenience features added
- Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by almost 5 percent, depending on model
- Exterior and interior design enhancements, plus new alloy wheel designs
Pretoria, South Africa 7 March 2014 – With sales of nearly 7 000 units since the end of 2011, the Range Rover Evoque still tops the ‘most wanted’ list of premium compact SUVs in the land – and makes a further leap forward with the introduction of a host of new technologies for its 2014 facelift. These technologies aim to keep the svelte and sexy SUV at the front of the chasing pack by lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as well as introducing new comfort and convenience features.
A new automatic transmission and five new driver assistance features are the technical highlights.
First shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the ZF-9HP automatic transmission is among the world’s first 9-speed units fitted to a passenger car, and a first here in South Africa. It has an ultra-fast response time, described by ZF as “below the threshold of perception” and an adaptive shift programme that quickly learns driving style. With a wide spread of ratios and improved efficiency, the new transmission delivers improved economy, reduced emissions, enhanced performance and greater comfort. It will also benefit towing ability.
Coupled to the acclaimed Terrain Response condition-specific matrix, it gives the 2014 Range Rover Evoque the ability to master just about any driving environment.
Adding to that is a raft of optional driver assistance features. These include: Park Exit (to automatically exit parallel parking bays), Perpendicular Park (to position the car centrally in parking bays), Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection (to warn drivers of oncoming traffic) and Wade Sensing.
In addition, a Torque Vectoring by Braking feature, available across both powertrains, further enhances agility and safety by redirecting torque between all four wheels to counteract understeer.
“The Range Rover Evoque has been a game-changer in the local market, its mix of style and capability still unrivalled,” says Kevin Flynn, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “A nine-speed automatic transmission puts it into a different league as far as technology goes, confirming that Evoque represents way more than a fashion statement. It is an extremely capable all-rounder, both on and off the road.”
In addition to the new technologies, there are detail changes to the Evoque’s exterior, new colour options for the interior, four new alloy wheel styles and a new style of Land Rover badge on the grille, wheel centres and tailgate.
New exterior mirrors, despite a reduced overall size, do not adversely affect rearward visibility and provide better ‘see-through’ between the A-pillar and the mirror housing.
The model line-up now consists of three equipment grades: the new Pure, along with the existing Prestige and Dynamic models. The easiest way to tell them apart at a glance is badging and wheels: Pure has 18-inch wheels and Evoque badging in black, the Prestige goes up an inch to 19s and has badging in silver, and the Dynamic combines 20-inch wheels and red badging.
Panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers, Xenon headlamps, power tailgate and Navigation are just some of the features also fitted as standard to the Prestige, while the Dynamic adds grained leather for the upholstery, full electric adjustment on the front seats, and – as a luxury flourish – illuminated tread plates. All derivatives gain a sliding centre console armrest, with fore/aft travel in the order of 150mm.
An extensive array of options allows every Range Rover Evoque owner to build a car to their tastes, whether talking wheel style or headlining colour. A choice of three contrast roof colours continues to be available, and while the sky is pretty much the limit when combining with the main body colour, customers are aided in their selection by recommended combinations and designer’s choices.
The 2014 Range Rover Evoque range is powered by Land Rover’s economical and lightweight four-cylinder engines with a choice of either the 2.2 diesel 140kW SD4 engine or 2.0 petrol 177kW Si4 engine. Thanks to the revolutionary new transmission, Fuel usage is improved by around 5 percent and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 4 percent – depending on model.
“The new, 2014 Range Rover Evoque is set to continue doing what its predecessor did: combining form and function with an assurance which very few rivals can muster. With a new equipment grade it has broader appeal than ever, while the additional technology has very real benefits too, not least of all the performance, fuel consumption and emission benefits of the new 9-speed transmission,” concludes Flynn.