The 2016 Range Rover Evoque has been announced ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015, bringing with it revised looks and access to Jaguar’s Ingenium diesels.
The new Evoque is the most efficient Land Rover ever, thanks to the TD4 Ingenium diesel, which comes in 150 (148bhp) and 180PS (177bhp) outputs. CO2 emissions of 109g/km and fuel economy of 68mpg are claimed for the two-wheel drive model.
Those who care more about performance and less about polar ice caps can opt for the 240PS (236bhp) Si4 petrol, which boasts a top speed of 135mph, 0 to 62mph in 7.6 seconds, 36mpg and 181g/km of CO2.
Aesthetic revisions to freshen up the design include ‘slimline’ LED fog lamps, full LED adaptive headlamps, a new front bumper with enlarged air intakes, a choice of two new grille designs (two horizontal bars or a mesh) and a wider tow-eye cover.
Integration of the indicators into the daytime running lights means less demand is put on the Evoque’s electrical systems. Meanwhile the bonnet vents seen on the coupe model are now standard on the Dynamic and Autobiography specifications and there’s a new tailgate spoiler with an integrated LED rear brake light.
The cockpit benefits from new premium soft-touch materials for added quality. Taurus grained leather seats with eight-way adjustment are standard, while ‘Lunar Ice’ and ‘Vintage tan’ bolster the existing 10 interior colour scheme options.
Other noteworthy additions include an automatic tailgate that can be initiated by waving your foot under the rear bumper and an eight-inch InControl touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio.
There’s also the introduction of Land Rover’s All-Terrain Progress Control system, which lets the Evoque maintain a preset speed in forward or reverse gears so you can concentrate on steering, and Autonomous Emergency Braking for automatic braking up to 32mph.
In-built navigation, eight-inch rear screens, 11- or 17-speaker Meridian sound system and a 3G antenna for improving phone signal represent are some of the optional extras.
In terms of a price, the new Evoque will be ‘comparable with the current model’. The current Evoque starts from £29,205. Expect full details to emerge at the Geneva Motor Show reveal on the 3rd of March, 2015.
The Evoque is the fastest selling Land Rover of all time. It was upstaged in 2014 by the release of the Discovery Sport, a slightly larger off-roader that has seven seats and improved practicality for around £3,000 more but as yet no frugal Ingenium engine.