The Range Rover Evoque has blown plenty of minds since its debut in 2011; yours truly included. It’s sporty, sexy, stylish, fast, luxurious and just looks mean as hell. Things just keep on getting better each and every year for the Evoque, as today, Land Rover announced an new variant of the SUV that will hit dealers in time for the 2015 model year.
Meet the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography, which we will learn more about at the Geneva Auto show. I know, that is likely the world’s longest name, but it is well worth the length, with its higher-output engine, revised handling and bigger brakes in the Autobiography Dynamic model. Oh yeah, folks, this is no badge job that so many automakers are known for doing. Nope, Land Rover went all out in making this limited-edition Evoque one that actually adds a little extra sportiness to the lineup.
So, is the extra power and road-sticking ability enough to warrant a nice price hike?
Click past the jump to read all about Land Rover’s newest addition and find out what I think of it.
On the outside, the two Autobiography models are simply a five-door Evoque with a slew of updates that make it look even sexier than it already did. The majority of the changes are rather subtle, and they include a premium front grille, a lower front valence, ingot badging on the tailgate and fender vents and 20-inch forged alloy wheels.
Sure the changes on the outside are not overwhelming, but they are plenty to set it apart on dealer lots.
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Exterior Specifications
|Overall Length||171.5 inches|
|Width mirrors out||82.3 inches|
|Front wheel track||63.9 inches|
On the inside, the updates included with the Autobiography models are again subtle, but thorough. The base Autobiography model gets leather seating in six different colors to accent the exterior nicely, Autobiography embossed headrests and Autobiography illuminated door sills. The Autobiography Dynamic adds in dynamic leather upholstery with your choice of sports or premium climate seats and four available colors.
Much like the exterior, the Autobiography models do not get massive updates on the inside, but just enough to set them apart.
Drivetrain and Suspension
Under the skin is where a lot of the work took place in the Autobiography lineup. The base Autobiography mode retains the normal 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The Autobiography Dynamic model, on the other hand, gets an extra 45 horsepower and 45 pound-feet of torque to play with, bringing its total to 285 ponies and 295 pounds of twist. Both engines mate to a nine-speed automatic transmission that is more performance tuned than the rest of the Evoque lineup.
The suspension on the Autobiography model remains the same as the rest of the Evoque lineup, but the Dynamic model gets an upgraded suspension system with firmer spring rates, revised dampers and updated geometry for precision handling. The Dynamic’s brakes also get a nice upgrade to 13.8-inch discs up front — a 2-inch increase over the standard Evoque.
We’ll likely learn more details at the Geneva Auto Show, but I estimate that the Dynamic model will likely sprint to 60 mph in just about 6.5 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph.
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Drivetrain Specifications
|Type||2.0-Liter Turbocharged I-4||2.0-Liter Turbocharged I-4|
|Output (HP @ RPM||240 @ TBA||285 @ TBA|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||250 @ TBA||295 @ TBA|
|Transmission||9-Speed Shiftable Auto||9-Speed Shiftable Auto|
|Acceleration (0-60 MPH)||7 Sec, Est.||6.5 Sec, Est.|
Land Rover has yet to revel the Autobiography’s pricing, but we’re sure to learn at least the base pricing when it debuts in Geneva.
The Audi Q5 is a great alternative to the Evoque, thanks to a lower base price, more engine options and more consistent build quality. Despite all of the strides that Land Rover and Jaguar have made in recent years, some issues still plague the Evoque, making the Audi seem like a sweeter deal. You will, however, have to give up about 20 horsepower in the base model and 65 horsepower when compared to the Dynamic model. Moving up to the Q5 3.0T negates the deficit in the base model, but the Evoque Autobiography Dynamic still has it by 13 horsepower.
So it comes down to style and power versus reliability and price, you choose...
Gallery Audi Q5
The X3 is another legend in the small luxury SUV realm, and it has the power to hang with the Evoque, thanks to its 240-horsepower base four-banger and its optional 300-horsepower six-pot. It also has superior reliability and a premium name that hasn’t been dragged through the mud.
The X3’s look is where it falls flat. The X3 is by far the most boring of the compact luxo-SUVs, and BMW apparently has no interest in changing it up any time soon.
Gallery BMW X3
Jaguar and Land Rover have come a long way in the past 10 years, and the Evoque is yet another step in the right direction. To boot, last year’s elimination of the crap-tastic six-speed autobox was a huge upgrade. That said, I just don’t think it is quite on the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 level yet. The Autobiography lineup definitely gives it a nudge in the right direction though.
- Extra power in the Dynamic model
- Still one of the best looking compact SUVs in the world
- Extra handling goodies are a nice touch too
- Likely way overpriced
- The X3 still kicks its ass in a straight line
- The Dynamic model likely sacrifices ride quality a little
2015 Range Rover Evoque Autobiography: Two new Limited Editions Offer Enhanced Luxury And Performance
- Two new Limited Editions - Range Rover Evoque Autobiography and Autobiography Dynamic, bring heightened luxury and increased performance
- Evoque Autobiography Dynamic to debut at Geneva motor show
- Autobiography Dynamic features a 285hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, revised chassis for sharper handling, larger 13.8-inch (350mm) front brake discs and a more responsive ZF 9-speed automatic transmission
- The Autobiography limited editions will be available in the 5-door body style
- Land Rover InControlTM Apps* enables vehicle optimized smartphone apps to be displayed and controlled from the vehicle’s touchscreen
(MAHWAH, N.J.) - February 17, 2014 - Land Rover is introducing two new limited editions to the Range Rover Evoque line-up for 2015: the luxurious Autobiography, and the more powerful, more agile Autobiography Dynamic, which will debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
The Autobiography limited editions feature enhanced body styling, 20-inch forged alloy wheels and premium leather interior details. The Autobiography features the standard 240hp engine. The Autobiography Dynamic receives a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which has been upgraded to 285hp - a substantial 45hp increase and the chassis has been optimized for sharper handling.
Enhancing Land Rover’s connected-car technologies, Land Rover InControlTM Apps* debuts across the range. InControl Apps enables vehicle-optimized smartphone apps to be displayed and controlled with their original look and feel from the vehicle’s touchscreen**. Owners simply connect their smartphone through a dedicated USB port to enable compatible iPhone® or Android™ apps to function.
Since its launch in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque has won 157 international awards for its combination of leading-edge design, striking interior craftsmanship, agile handling and off-road capability. The Range Rover Evoque continues to appeal with more than 270,000 sales worldwide, making it the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time.
For the first time, the luxurious Autobiography limited editions will be available on the Range Rover Evoque. Also found on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the Autobiography is distinguished by a selection of premium interior and exterior upgrades. The Autobiography is positioned at the top of the line, along with the new Autobiography Dynamic and sitting above the existing Pure, Dynamic and Prestige derivatives.
"The new Range Rover Evoque Autobiography is a natural progression, bringing luxury that’s more commonly associated with far larger, more expensive models to a premium compact SUV, while reaffirming its ability to resonate with customers on an emotional level."
Land Rover Design Director & Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern.
The new Autobiography Dynamic limited edition is the most performance-focused Range Rover Evoque ever produced. This model will be available exclusively with a 285hp upgraded version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The 9-speed ZF automatic transmission with adaptive shift program has been retuned for the Autobiography Dynamic so that it responds more keenly to sportier driver inputs.
Active driveline is standard on all Range Rover Evoque models. A revolutionary driveline technology, active driveline is designed to improve traction, enhance agility and to improve fuel efficiency by engaging four-wheel drive seamlessly and automatically as required***.
Torque vectoring by braking operates on all four wheels to reduce understeer. Torque vectoring by braking operates on low-grip surfaces for all Evoque models, but its capability is extended to high-grip surfaces for the Autobiography Dynamic, ensuring agile and responsive handling characteristics.
Land Rover InControlTMApps - the ultimate for in-car connectivity
Land Rover InControlTM Apps* will be introduced on the 2015 Range Rover Evoque. This new in-car technology complements the existing infotainment system. It brings the convenience, familiarity and original look and feel of compatible smartphone apps into the owner’s vehicle.
Land Rover InControlTM Apps is compatible with the latest Apple® and Android™ smartphones. By connecting a smartphone to the dedicated USB port, specific smartphone apps optimized for in-vehicle use will function on the touchscreen, with new content available every time the apps update**.