Land Rover unveils refreshed Evoque
Land Rover has lifted the covers off the refreshed Range Rover Evoque, four years after the model was launched.
The new car features subtle styling revisions to keep the Evoque's striking styling looking fresh, while a new, cleaner diesel motor keeps it competitive against the raft of competition the car now faces in the premium crossover market.
Equipped with Jaguar Land Rover's brand new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder 'Ingenium' diesel, the new Evoque is the brand's cleanest model, emitting just 109g/km CO2 and returning a claimed 68mpg in the most economical two-wheel-drive 'eD4' model, which develops 148bhp.
A more powerful 178bhp version will also be offered in conjunction with four-wheel-drive. The existing 237bhp turbocharged 'Si4' petrol engine is carried over unchanged, and is offered with four-wheel-drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Buyers will be able to choose between two and four-wheel-drive versions, as well as models fitted with 'Active Driveline'. Optional on all but petrol Si4 models, where it is standard, Active Driveline automatically switches between two and four-wheel-drive, to save fuel when the additional traction isn't required.
Styling tweaks extend to a new front bumper with enlarged air intakes, two new grille designs and LED adaptive headlights. The Evoque is now also available with six new alloy wheel designs, while the rear benefits from a new roof spoiler.
Inside, there are the usual improvements, including a greater range of trim and upholstery options. However, Land Rover has seen fit to redesign the seats and door trims – an unusual step in a mid-life facelift. The Evoque also gets Land Rover's new 'InControl Touch' infotainment system, which is operated through an eight-inch touchscreen, as well as a digital instrument display in place of regular dials.
Trim levels have been altered to match those of the larger Range Rover Sport, meaning the Evoque will now be available in SE, HSE, Dynamic and Autobiography specifications.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer said: "The Range Rover Evoque first established and then dominated the luxury compact SUV sector generating worldwide acclaim and sales success. Our challenge has been to evolve the Evoque design without diluting its distinctive character."
Full price and specification details for the refreshed Range Rover Evoque will be confirmed closer to the car's launch later this year. However, expect prices to be comparable to the current model, which starts from just under £30,000.
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