Land Rover has unveiled a mind-boggling NINE SPEED gearbox in the hugely popular baby Range Rover Evoque.
Fortunately owners won't have to worry about stirring a gear stick to find the ratios as the clever cogs are hidden away in an advanced automatic set-up.
Shifts take just milliseconds and are so fast you'd struggle to tell they'd even taken place. First gear is only used in really boggy conditions – a little like low range – so most of the time the Evoque pulls away in second. The higher gears act as overdrives, dramatically reducing fuel consumption.
The new automatic gearbox will replace all six-speed units on 2014 models and is one of the biggest improvements on the new cars. Also making a debut is an active driveline – essentially a clever four-wheel drive system that switches between two and four wheels depending on the situation.
This serves to dramatically reduce consumption, lower emissions and improve agility, both on and off road. The advanced system uses 'clutches' for the rear wheels too, supplying and cutting power to the corners seamlessly, as and when it's needed. As well as aiding high-speed cornering, it improves traction in slippery conditions such as snow.
The new gearbox and drivetrain technology combines to lower emissions by nearly 10 per cent and improve fuel economy by more than 11 per cent.
Other new tweaks for the 2014 Evoque include subtle exterior and interior touches, like smaller wing mirrors and clever new technology like wade sensing and a reversing traffic detection system.
The 2014 Range Rover Evoque is available to order now.