Land Rover has introduced a number of key technology updates to its small Range Rover Evoque SUV, promising an improved driving experience and greater fuel efficiency.
The updated Evoque range will hit Australia in March next year, with the cost of entry holding firm at $49,995 plus on-roads.
Headlining the Evoque's updates is ZF's new nine-speed automatic transmission, previewed in the small 'Rangey' at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The new '9HP' auto is designed primarily for transverse engine configurations, and in Evoque form, Land Rover promises a fuel consumption saving of 11.4 percent.
The carmaker says it has achieved these savings through the use of Active Driveline, “the world’s first ‘on demand’ four-wheel drive system which enhances agility and improves fuel efficiency by operating in front-wheel drive only during steady-state driving at speeds above 35km/h" .
Land Rover says the system constantly monitors the vehicle's dynamics, reconnecting four-wheel-drive mode in 300 milliseconds when needed.
The Active Driveline system also features Active Torque Biasing with electronic-Diff (e-Diff), designed to distribute torque between the rear wheels for better traction and stability.
The 2014 model also gains new driver assist systems, 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
- Wade Sensing
Engine options for 2014 remain unchanged, focusing on the 110kW 2.2 diesel, 140kW 2.2 diesel and 177kW 2.0 Petrol engines.
Little has changed on the styling front, with updates limited to minor detail changes on the outside, new trim colour options in the cabin, and subtly restyled Land Rover badges in the grille, wheels and tailgate.
Further pricing and spec details for Australia will be revealed closer to the 2014 Evoque's March debut.
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