Introduced in 2012 to give the luxury SUV brand a secure spot in the growing compact-luxury-crossover realm, the Evoque quickly became insanely popular. In 2014, the brand made some light changes with the introduction of a new nine-speed auto transmission. Now with the 2016 model year just around the corner, the British automaker has revealed nearly all of the details on the new Evoque ahead of its 2015 Geneva Auto Show debut.
The visual updates are limited to just a few nips and tucks here and there, with the most instantly noticeable being the updates headlights. When the automaker first released the teaser image of the small SUV, it made mention of a new line of engines. However, those new engines are not for U.S. consumption, so don’t get your hopes up yet.
With newcomers like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3 now in the mix, can the Land Rover Evoque continue to sell so well across the globe?
Updated 02/23/2015: Land Rover unveiled the official details on the 2016 Evoque two weeks ahead of its official debut in Geneva. Continue reading to find out what the model bring new.
Continue reading the full review of the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
The grille also has a lightly refreshed look that includes horizontal bars and a new fine-mesh pattern on standard models.
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque still carries the same basic look that I’ve come to love in the past few years, but the British SUV builder tweaked it to keep it fresh as we move into the new model year. The most obvious of those tweaks are the reshaped headlights that feature a distinctive LED daytime running light signature.
Also new is the front bumper, the wider tow-eye covers, the larger air intakes, and the slimline LED fog lights. The grille also has a lightly refreshed look that includes horizontal bars and a new fine-mesh pattern on standard models. Moving into the Dynamic trim adds in a hexagonal grille design and more prominent mesh insert.
On five-door HSE Dynamic and Autobiography models, Land Rover added in new hood vents, which were once limited only to coupe models.
Around back, the 2016 Range Rover Evoque has a new tailgate spoiler and a new set of LED taillights with revised graphics. On the technical side of things, the Evoque’s backside also has a new Gesture Tailgate, which allows you to open the tailgate by placing your foot under the bumper.
Rounding out the changes for 2016 re three new exterior color choices to add to the already-extensive color palette.
Height (with roof antenna)
Coupe: 1625 MM(64 Inches) 5- Door: 1660 MM (65.4 Inches)
Width incl wing mirrors
Coupe: 2085 MM
(82.1 Inches) 5-door: 2090 MM (82.3 Inches)"
4371 MM (172 Inches)
2660 MM (104.8 Inches)
Approach angle - standard ride / off-road height deg
Departure angle - standard ride / off-road height deg
33° (Dynamic: 30°)
Ramp breakover angle - standard ride / off-road height deg
500 MM (19.6 Inches)
Turning Circle - kerb to kerb
Drag coefficient (Cd)
In higher-end trims, items like massage seats, 14-way power adjustments, and more premium materials come in to play.
Inside the Evoque, the change are equally noticeable, but also quite subtle. These changes include revised seats and door casings, a new InControl infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, a revised instrument panel, additional soft-touch materials, and new colors.
The 2016 Evoque comes standard with leather ebony seats with eight-way power adjustment. In higher-end trims, items like massage seats, 14-way power adjustments, and more premium materials come in to play.
Also available as an option is an SD-card-based navigation system or a satellite-based system, rear-seat entertainment with two 8-inch screens, and 11- or 17-speaker audio systems.
Overall, the changes on the inside are a nice adjustment to keep the Evoque up to date, but are in no way revolutionary. Fortunately, the Evoque’s cabin was already a great place to spend a little time.
The all-new engines are limited to Europe, and they include two TD4 diesel engines, one good for 150 PS and the other 180 PS.
Land Rover was touting an “all-new” lineup of engines when teasing the new Evoque, but as expected, the U.S. is left out in the cold with this update. We continue to get the same old 2.0-liter engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque to a nine-speed auto transmission. With all four wheels getting power, the Evoque is able to sprint to 60 mph in an acceptable 7.1 seconds and on to a 135 mph top speed.
The all-new engines are limited to Europe, and they include two TD4 diesel engines, one good for 150 PS and the other 180 PS. Land Rover states that they weigh 20 to 30 kg less than the last diesel engines.
So, this “big update” for the Evoque amounts to a new look and an updated cabin for the U.S. I guess that works for now, but the model will soon need an updated drivetrain to keep pace with its competition. I know that Land Rover claims that there will be no SVR version of the Evoque, but I have a feeling that the market may force its hand to build a true performance model.
Pricing is still unknown for now, but I have a feeling that we’ll only see mild increases from these updates, and possibly a small inflationary increase. Look for a bump of about $1,500 from the base Pure model, which rang in at $41,100 for the 2015 model year.
Though no specific date was given, Land Rover states that the 2016 Evoque will hit dealers in the fall of 2015.
The Audi Q3 is all-new for the 2015 model year and arrives as a key competitor to the Evoque. It rolls into dealers carrying a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. This allows the small Audi to hit 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and top out at 130 mph – but both numbers are slower than the Evoque.
On the Q3’s side is that it starts out at just $32,500, undercutting the Land Rover by a wide margin, but its smaller stature means it holds just 48.2 cubic feet of cargo to the Land Rover’s 51 cubes.
The GLA is yet another new-for-2015 model that rolls right into the Evoque’s wheelhouse. With a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the base GLA250 can keep pace with the Evoque to 60 mph. Moving up to the insane GLA45 AMG pushes the 2.0-liter’s needle to 355 ponies, dropping the naught-to-60 time to 4.8 seconds.
What’s more, the GLA250 is also significantly less expensive than the Evoque, at just $33,300, and the GLA45 AMG is still within the Evoque’s price range at $48,300. Yowzer!
A huge downside to the GLA is that it can only haul up to 43.6 cubes of cargo, putting it well below the Evoque. Additionally, like nearly every Mercedes, you’ll need to start checking off option boxes to match the level of luxury offered in the base Evoque.
The Evoque has been a resounding success for Land Rover in the global market, while here in the U.S. it remains in the middle of the pack. With models like the BMW X3 offering more options and the Q3 and GLA-Class offering more value, it is tough for the Evoque to compete in America. In other markets, however, the Land Rover name is enough to make it fly off of shelves. Additionally, its optional diesel engines also help boost sales in other countries.
Powerful four-cylinder engine
Lots of trim levels to choose from
Well equipped at all levels
A bit pricey at the base level
Can get the insane GLA45 AMG for less than the range-topping Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque’s progressive exterior and interior design has evolved. The carefully revised exterior, together with the introduction of full-LED adaptive headlamps and three new alloy wheel designs, creates more visual impact than ever before.
All-new front and rear seats complemented by three new interior colourways, revised soft-touch premium surfaces, and the introduction of a new infotainment system, accessed via an eight-inch touchscreen, to Evoque’s interior architecture further increase the premium compact SUV’s wide-ranging appeal.
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."
With a revised five-tier specification, and a comprehensive suite of 15 desirable option packs† , customers can specify the perfect Evoque to meet their lifestyle.
Leading-edge design with added desire
Available in both coupé and five-door body styles, Evoque’s bold and progressive design reaffirms its class-leading status for 2016.
"When Evoque debuted in 2011, it translated the LRX concept car’s radical design language to reality almost entirely unaltered. Four years on, Evoque’s leading-edge design retains its wow factor and continues to turn heads," said Phil Simmons, Exterior Realisation Director, Land Rover. "Our carefully considered design evolution, both outside and in, ensures Evoque’s status as a ground-breaking automotive design is safeguarded for years to come."
At the front of the vehicle, a new bumper creates a more muscular appearance and features significantly enlarged lower air intakes. New slimline LED fog lamps are repositioned from the middle to the top of the air intakes, creating a more streamlined appearance and further emphasising Evoque’s assertive road presence.
This attention-to-detail extends throughout the distinctive new design, with the air intake above the front numberplate contoured to echo the design of the revised outer tow-eye cover.
Two new grille designs are offered for 2016, both with a revised surround and bold mesh inserts that are available in a selection of premium finishes, including Atlas Silver, Narvik Black and Corris Grey. The revised grilles integrate seamlessly with Evoque’s new LED headlamp graphic, revised front bumper and progressive leading-edge design.
The standard grille is distinguished by two bold horizontal bars, and a new fine-mesh grille pattern offers increased visual refinement. HSE Dynamic derivatives feature a geometric hexagonal design finished in Narvik Black with Autobiography models finished in Atlas Silver. The more prominent mesh area increases airflow to Evoque’s advanced and efficient range of engines, and lends a suitably performance-oriented character to these sporting derivatives.
For the first time, the five-door Evoque is available with eye-catching bonnet vents, bringing the sporting aesthetic of coupé models to the most versatile derivative. Fitted to HSE Dynamic or Autobiography specification, the bonnet vents are finished in premium, non-metallic Narvik Black (HSE Dynamic), or striking Atlas Silver metallic (Autobiography) for a premium contrast.
A new tailgate spoiler and high-level LED stoplight creates additional visual differentiation at the rear of the vehicle, and a noticeably sleeker appearance. Cleanly integrated within the rear spoiler, the longer, slimmer brake light perfectly complements the new spoiler design. Additionally, new roof fins added for vehicles specified with Wi-Fi hotspot feature an integrated 3G antenna, ensuring optimum signal strength.
Exclusive new wheel styles; eye-catching exterior colour schemes
A selection of 13 eye-catching colour schemes is available, including the new Baltoro Ice Metallic and Waitomo Grey Premium Metallic. Customers continue to be offered a choice of three contrast roofs for an even more dramatic appearance: Corris Grey, Santorini Black and Fuji White.
Enhancing Evoque’s dramatic road presence still further, HSE Dynamic derivatives can be specified with the Black Pack, which includes bonnet and tailgate lettering in Narvik Black, new black Xenon or full LED head, tail and fog lights, and
eye-catching 20-inch alloy wheels. The front and rear tow-eye surround is painted in Narvik Black with the exhaust completing the visual upgrade in a dynamic black finish.
Three distinctive all-new alloy wheels increase the portfolio of designs to 15† , with a comprehensive range of 17- to 20-inch fitments. Together with the choice of Dynamic or standard body kit, coupé or five-door body styles, and the extensive palette of exterior colours, Evoque customers can create their ideal specification.
The first Land Rover with all-LED adaptive headlamps
The 2016 model year Evoque is the first ever Jaguar Land Rover product to be offered with full-LED adaptive headlamps. Advanced LED technology offers numerous benefits compared with traditional projector headlamps, including a brighter, more evenly distributed light cone, a longer lifespan and reduced demands on the vehicle’s electrical system.
The headlamps’ adaptive function enables light beams to be automatically aligned with steering inputs and follow the curves in the road, thus more precisely illuminating the road ahead.
Full-LED adaptive headlamps have provided Land Rover’s design team with a much greater degree of freedom compared with traditional projector headlamps. The result is a new and highly dynamic rectilinear graphic that encompasses both headlamps and indicator functions.
LED technology continues to be employed for Evoque’s distinctive daytime-running lights (DRLs), which have been comprehensively redesigned and are integrated with both full-LED and traditional projector headlamps.
The indicator function is integrated with the DRLs. Activating the indicators turns off the DRLs, to make the driver’s intentions more visible to other road users.
On all derivatives, LED tail lamps harmoniously echo the full-LED headlamps’ eye-catching new graphic, with a bold geometric motif to underline Evoque’s confident and contemporary exterior design. The tail lamps also feature DRL technology with an integrated indicator function.
On both the head and tail lamps, DRLs operate continuously, increasing safety while further enhancing Evoque’s dynamic exterior design.
An even more luxurious interior
Land Rover’s award-winning design team has further enhanced Evoque’s contemporary interior for 2016. The highly-distinctive cabin is defined by premium quality materials, clean surface treatments, and the bold intersection between the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the powerful vertical lines of the centre console. Its centrepiece is a new infotainment system, accessed via the eight-inch touchscreen, with a clear, intuitive user interface (see 3.1). Called InControl™ Touch, this advanced interface is fitted as standard equipment on Pure and SE models.
Luxurious front and rear seats retain Evoque’s outstanding levels of comfort and support while introducing a sportier, more technical aesthetic to perfectly complement the progressive exterior design language. A portfolio of two distinctive seat designs, each with three different materials, is available with four increasingly sophisticated levels of adjustment, from six-way manual adjustment for both driver and passenger, to luxurious 14-way electric memory seats with four-way lumbar support and fully adjustable bolsters.
A textile and grained material Ebony colour seat debuts for enhanced customer choice, while a selection of grained Taurus leather and premium Oxford hides create an even more luxurious interior. At the top-of-the-range, the all-new seats are distinguished by exquisitely crafted perforated leather feature panels. Oxford leather also extends to the mid and upper sections of the dashboard, the door casings and centre console compartment for the ultimate premium interior.
Revised interior door casings in both the front and rear of the vehicle echo the striking new seat design, with a clean, contemporary feel; the armrests are reprofiled for a leaner, tauter appearance, with revised contour lines and extra feature stitch lines adding crisp definition. Meanwhile, the introduction of soft-touch, deeply padded premium surfaces maximise the door casing’s exceptional tactility.
A selection of 13 contemporary interior colourways is available, including three new exclusive colours: Lunar Ice, which introduces a cool, frosted blue to Evoque’s colour palette, and Vintage Tan, with its traditional, luxurious feel. Dark Cherry is also available on Autobiography models. All derivatives feature satin-brushed aluminium trim inserts to highlight the strong horizontal instrument panel and the dramatically fast rake of the centre console; the most dynamic derivatives are differentiated by premium textured aluminium inserts for an even more striking appearance.
Housed in the attractive sweep of the instrument binnacle, redesigned speedometer and rev counter dials feature a clean, modern look, while the five-inch information screen housed between is all-new; this TFT display is defined by crisp, high-resolution 640x480 graphics - double the capability of predecessor technology - and provides useful information such as fuel range, gear position and ambient temperature.
The bold lines of Evoque’s interior are enhanced by a portfolio of ambient lighting packages. In high-series derivatives, this culminates in customer configurable interior mood lighting that includes Ultra Violet, Amberglow and Racing Red. Lighting coverage throughout the cabin is significantly enhanced courtesy of full-length lighting under all armrests and door stowage areas front and rear. Drivers simply tailor the lighting to their own preferences via Evoque’s intuitive new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. A stealth mode is available to reduce cabin illumination to a minimum if desired.
Bringing large-car luxury to the most compact and fuel-efficient production Land Rover ever produced, Evoque becomes the first vehicle in its class to offer massage front seats for additional comfort and a truly premium experience. Massage seats can be specified in conjunction with cooled 14-way electric memory seats, which are available from HSE specification. A selection of five massage programmes can be selected, controlled via the vehicle’s touchscreen, providing various levels of back stimulation and helping to reduce driver fatigue.
1.3 Five desirable trim levels, from Pure to Autobiography
Evoque’s trim levels have been realigned, inspired by the Range Rover Sport to create five highly distinctive choices: Pure, SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography.
• Pure introduces a textile and grained material seat to Evoque for the first time, creating a wider range of specification and increasing customer choice. Pure is exclusively available in an Ebony Black colourway with six-way manual seat adjustment for both the driver and front passenger, while satin-brushed aluminium trim inserts enhance the cabin’s luxurious appearance. Heated front and rear seats are optionally available. The exterior is differentiated by 17-inch alloy wheels.
• SE adds grained Taurus leather seats with eight-way electric adjustment for both the driver and front passenger in a selection of Ebony Black, Almond/Espresso and Lunar/Cirrus colourways, while 12-way electric memory seats are offered as optional equipment. Distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard.
• HSE introduces luxurious Oxford leather seats with perforated centres and leather door inserts, while 12-way electric memory seats are included for both the driver and front passenger. Customers can also upgrade to 14-way electric memory seats, which also enable climate-cooled, massage front seats. Ebony, Ebony/Ivory, and Lunar/Cirrus colourways are available. Eye-catching 19-inch alloy wheels are standard equipment, and buyers can specify full-LED adaptive headlamps.
• HSE Dynamic adds a unique ribbed design of Oxford leather seat, textured aluminium trim inserts and a choice of unique Ebony, Ivory/Lunar, Ebony/Pimento, Ebony/Vintage Tan and Lunar/Ice in addition to the full range of HSE interior colourways. A Dynamic body kit and 19-inch alloy wheels are included in the comprehensive specification.
• Autobiography features an all leather interior. HSE-style Oxford leather seats with perforated centres and embossed headrests, 14-way electric memory seats and the option to upgrade to climate-cooled, massage front seats in addition to unique wheel and tread plate designs.
2. ADVANCED POWERTRAIN AND CHASSIS TECHNOLOGY
A choice of two compact, lightweight and low-emissions four-cylinder turbocharged Ingenium engine derivatives are available for the 2016 model year Evoque in EU6 markets, optimised to meet stringent new emissions legislation. High-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components, stop-start technology, and smart regenerative charging maximise performance and environmental sustainability while significantly reducing running costs across the range.
Evoque can now achieve up to 68mpg (4.2 l/100km)* on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 109g/km*, and buyers can choose from six-speed manual or unique-in-class nine-speed automatic transmissions.
"A process of continual powertrain development means Evoques supplied with the new Land Rover-developed Ingenium engines make Evoque 18% more efficient than at launch in 2011," said Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes. "All Evoque engines are designed to be incredibly refined, potent and fuel efficient on-road, but they’re also engineered to complement Land Rover’s class-leading off-road capability. Land Rover’s incredibly punishing test schedule ensures that they do."
Evoque continues to deliver a class-leading driving experience thanks to its highly capable chassis, which has been carefully enhanced for 2016. Three drivelines are available: two-wheel drive, Standard Driveline four-wheel drive, and Active Driveline. Active Driveline, optional across the range, intelligently switches between two- and four-wheel drive and has been further improved for 2016.
* Manufacturer estimate
** Market and engine dependent
2.1 All-new Ingenium diesel engines
Designed in-house by Land Rover and produced at the company’s new £500 million Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands, the all-new Ingenium 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines are the most fuel-efficient Land Rover diesel engines ever produced. Ingenium engines use the very latest powertrain technology and form the cornerstone of Land Rover’s low-CO2 powertrain strategy, combining CO2 emissions of just 109g/km* with the blend of power, torque and smoothness customers expect.
An entirely clean-sheet design, all Ingenium engines are based around a deep-skirt aluminium cylinder block featuring thin-wall, press-fit cast-iron liners for optimum weight, surface finish and robustness. Fuel is fed to the combustion chambers by an incredibly efficient 1,800bar solenoid common-rail system, providing precision injection with low noise and excellent mixture formation characteristics.
Highly efficient variable geometry turbochargers create a rapid build-up of torque from very low revs, with maximum torque spread over a wide rev range for instantaneous response and strong acceleration on demand.
Two TD4 derivatives are available and combined fuel economy improves by up to 10mpg* for both, with CO2 emissions dropping by as much as 29g/km* compared with previous-generation turbodiesel Evoques.
A 150PS eD4 offers 430Nm, while returning as much as 68mpg (4.2 l/100km)* on the EU combined cycle and emitting as little as 109g/km CO2* when specified with a manual gearbox and two-wheel drive.
The more powerful 180PS TD4 offers an even more potent 430Nm, together with a highly impressive 59mpg (4.8 l/100km)* and 125g/km CO2* for four-wheel-drive derivatives equipped with a manual gearbox.
Ingenium turbodiesel engine derivatives are available with two and four-wheel drive and a choice of state-of-the-art nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions.
EU6 emissions compliance has been achieved utilising a range of technologies to ensure outstanding environmental sustainability. These include variable exhaust-valve timing, which enables rapid catalyst heating and robust particulate filter generation. Selective catalytic reduction and cooled low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation also cut NOx emissions.
Internal friction is reduced by 17% compared with the previous-generation turbodiesel engine, boosting efficiency, smoothness and responsiveness. Advanced friction-reducing technologies include roller bearings on cam and balancer shafts, a simplified cam-drive system, variable-flow oil and water pumps, electronically controlled piston-cooling jets, and an offset crankshaft.
Land Rover engineers have paid particular attention to reducing weight while maintaining excellent strength and high levels of refinement. Replacing their predecessor’s iron block, the all-aluminium Ingenium engines are 20-30kg lighter, and stiff cylinder blocks and twin balancer shafts ensure inherently low levels of vibration. Decoupled injectors and 0.5mm ovality on the injection-pump drive-sprocket also contribute to the Ingenium’s exceptional quietness.
Approximately 80% of parts are common to Ingenium turbodiesel engines installed in Jaguar Land Rover products featuring a longitudinal layout (powering the rear or all four wheels), but both the aluminium engine block and oil sump have been redesigned for use in Evoque’s transverse application (powering the front- or all four wheels). They are optimised for all-terrain capability while both the twin-stage turbocharger and exhaust system are all-new.
Not only are the new Ingenium engines substantially lighter, more fuel-efficient and more refined than predecessor engines, they’re also more affordable and convenient to own thanks to servicing intervals extended from 16,000 to 21,000** miles on all-wheel drive models with no impact on longevity.
Longer servicing intervals have been achieved by introducing several innovations, including a low-friction piston/bore interface that reduces oil consumption, the use of a very high quality oil featuring state-of-the-art additive packages, and a filtration system that benefits from a significantly cleaner combustion process. Crucially, Evoque’s drastically reduced fuel consumption minimises combustion gasses and therefore the number of small particles that the filtration system must remove from the oil, while improved bore technology also reduces possible contaminates from each cylinder. As a result, the oil filter - and therefore the oil - stays significantly cleaner for longer.
A new Diesel-Exhaust Fluid (DEF) AdBlue™ after-treatment system further enhances environmental sustainability. The system sprays an aqueous urea DEF solution into the exhaust system, neutralising harmful gasses such as nitrogen oxide emissions. Selective catalytic reduction and cooled low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation also cut NOx emissions.
Ingenium engines have been subject to over two-million miles of real-world testing and over 72,000 hours of dyno testing, a punishing test schedule comparable to eight years of worst-case scenario operating conditions.
* manufacturer estimate
** market dependent
2.2 Turbocharged petrol engine for maximum performance with efficiency
Alternatively, buyers can specify the Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine, which is available as standard equipment with four-wheel drive and an advanced ZF nine-speed automatic transmission.
The all-aluminium four-cylinder engine features an advanced low-inertia turbocharger, high-pressure direct fuel injection and twin independent variable-valve timing, while twin balancer shafts maximise refinement.
Producing 240PS and 340Nm, this compact, lightweight and powerful engine ensures the flexibility essential for responsive in-gear acceleration, towing up to 1,800kg and tackling challenging all-terrain conditions. Si4 derivatives can accelerate from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in just 7.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 217km/h (135mph). Despite its impressive performance, the Si4 engine achieves 36mpg* (7.8l/100km) on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 181g/km*.
Advanced fuel-saving technologies include piston rings and tappets coated with a low-friction finish; a sheet-metal exhaust manifold that shortens the engine warm-up phase, reducing emissions on short journeys; and an advanced electronic management system, which provides precision control over the combustion process.
All engine derivatives are equipped with advanced stop-start technology. Stop-start automatically switches off the engine in just 300 milliseconds when Evoque is stationary. It restarts before the driver can move his foot from the brake to the accelerator on automatic derivatives, or as soon as they depress the clutch if a manual gearbox is specified. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced by between 5 and 7% as a result.
* manufacturer estimate
2.3 Revised chassis for peerless agility
Evoque’s blend of compliant suspension, rewarding handling and responsive electric power-assisted steering system makes it both a highly involving and incredibly comfortable vehicle to drive. This peerless duality has been developed still further for 2016, with a new front suspension subframe, revised rear suspension bushings and enlarged 17-inch front and new 16.5-inch rear brake discs for maximum effectiveness in all conditions.
Evoque’s suspension settings have also been carefully revised. These improvements take into account the significantly lower weight of the new Ingenium diesel engines, underlining the class-leading agility and driver engagement for which the premium compact SUV is renowned.
The 2016 model year Evoque continues to be offered with a choice of three drivetrains: entry-level two-wheel drive, Standard Driveline four-wheel drive, and Active Driveline, a revolutionary on-demand driveline technology.
Active Driveline can intelligently switch between two- and four-wheel drive in just 350milliseconds as conditions dictate, reducing driveline friction in two-wheel-drive mode to increase efficiency. Active Driveline also enhances on and off-road capability further still thanks to Torque Vectoring, controlled by a pair of electronically-controlled clutches located either side of the rear differential. The clutches quickly distribute torque to the rear wheel with superior grip, improving traction in low-grip off-road situations as well as increasing driver engagement on the road.
Active Driveline’s transition from two to four-wheel drive is seamless, but drivers can monitor its operation by swiping to the 4x4i screen on the all-new InControl(TM) Touch eight-inch touchscreen (see 3.1).
2.4 Efficient Capability
The Range Rover Evoque TD4 will be the first Land Rover vehicle to be designated as an ’E-Capability’ variant, highlighting its status as Land Rover’s most efficient vehicle. A blue ’Evoque’ badge will be applied to signpost the most efficient models.
The eD4 Coupe and five-door 2WD manual models, fitted with the 150PS Ingenium engine will feature the blue nameplate badge. The former offers 109g/km CO2 while the five-door model offers 113g/km CO2. In addition, the 125g/km all-wheel drive model will also wear the blue badge.
A suite of advanced infotainment and driver-assistance systems keep Evoque at the cutting-edge of technological innovation.
InControl™ Touch provides easy and intuitive access to infotainment functions via an eight-inch touchscreen, while satellite-navigation with voice recognition, and the regularly expanding range of InControl™ Apps increase convenience yet further.
Elsewhere, new driver-assistance and consumer-centric features debut: Autonomous Emergency Braking, Attention Assist Estimation, Lane-Keeping Assist, All-Terrain Progress Control and a Hands-Free Tailgate.
"Technology is an essential part of every Evoque customer’s lifestyle," said Danella Bagnall, Vehicle Line Director, Evoque. "The latest innovations ensure Evoque remains ahead of the curve, and include an all-new infotainment system with a tablet-style operating interface, plus new driver-assistance features to make owning and driving an Evoque even safer and more enjoyable than ever before."
All-new infotainment system
InControl™ Touch, an all-new infotainment system, debuts as standard equipment on the 2016 model year Evoque range. Perfectly positioned in the fascia, the innovative infotainment system features a highly intuitive eight-inch touchscreen with capacitive technology for an enhanced user-experience. InControl™ Touch offers improved response times, crisper graphics courtesy of 800x480 pixel resolution and a reduced number of steps between functions compared with predecessor systems.
Bluetooth® audio and phone capability, a six-speaker stereo system and USB connectivity are included with all specifications, while DAB, Sirius and HD Radio are also available in relevant markets.
The InControl™ Touch homescreen presents a clear choice of the most commonly requested infotainment functions: Audio, Telephone and, where specified, Satellite-Navigation.
Users can then swipe to two further screens, providing access to a wider range of features, including WiFi hotspot, parking cameras, Eco Data, Wade Sensing and rear-seat climate-control settings.
"Land Rover has vast experience with touchscreen infotainment systems, providing a huge competitive advantage as consumers increasingly become accustomed to touchscreen technology via smartphones and tablets," said Danella Bagnall, Vehicle Line Director, Evoque. "InControl™ Touch offers more of the functions that Evoque’s tech-savvy customers expect, and is now much faster and features a more intuitive interface than any previous system."
When specified with SD-card-based navigation, InControl™ Touch offers various advanced features for maximum convenience, including:
Address entry from a connected phone’s contacts
3D terrain and building graphics
3D Junction View of upcoming junctions
Auto prompts for parking and coffee stops
Historical traffic data
Economical Route to minimise fuel consumption
Traffic Congestion View and suggested detours
A Traffic Events function, which reads out upcoming problems
Breadcrumbing and point-to-point navigation for off-road use
Voice Recognition and SMS text functionality is also combined with the satellite-navigation system. This enables one-shot voice destination entry and allows the customer to make a phone call or select a radio station simply by voice command.
InControl™ Touch Plus builds on the improved interface and higher-resolution graphics of InControl™ Touch with a range of satellite-navigation systems including an advanced HDD system*, a premium 11-speaker Meridian sound system as standard, or the option to upgrade to a 17-speaker, 825w surround-sound stereo system. This top-of-the-range audio system includes a subwoofer and amplifier that incorporates state-of-the-art digital processing technology for the ultimate in sound quality. Both sound systems are tailored specifically to complement Evoque’s unique interior acoustics.
InControl™ Touch Plus also brings rear-seat entertainment capability with eight-inch video screens and digital wireless headphones, and dual-view functionality. The latter innovation enables the driver to access only essential and relevant information on the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while the front-seat passenger can simultaneously watch a DVD on the same screen.
3.2 Ultimate in-car connectivity with Land Rover InControlTM Apps
InControl™ Apps can be specified with both infotainment systems as part of the InControl™ Connect Plus Pack. Developed in conjunction with Bosch SoftTec, InControl™ Apps allows the user to connect an Apple or Android smartphone to the vehicle’s dedicated USB port and access well known apps optimised for in-car use via the eight-inch touchscreen.
Compatible apps include iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Glympse, Sygic, Parkopedia, Hotelseeker, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Airmotion News, Winston and MobileDay, with the range being continually expanded. The latest content becomes available every time the apps update† .
A suite of InControl™ technologies is also available, including:
WiFi Hotspot, which allows up to eight devices to be connected to a 3G hotspot providing occupants with internet access
InControl™ Protect allows owners to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services, and an SOS signal is automatically triggered in the event of airbag deployment
• InControl™ Secure displays vehicle status information via a smartphone app. Owners can check if the vehicle is locked or unlocked, and remotely lock the doors if required; remotely activate the lights and horn to aid vehicle location; pre-heat or cool the interior prior to a journey; track the vehicle should it be stolen, and automatically alert the owner with an SMS text message
3.3 Advanced driver-assistance and consumer-centric systems
The 2016 model year Evoque builds on the suite of advanced assistance features offered previously. Existing systems include Blind-Spot Monitor & Closing Vehicle Sensing, Head-Up Display, Lane-Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition along with state-of-the-art Land Rover InControl™ technologies (see 3.2).
Other advanced equipment includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane-Keeping Assist, Attention Assist Estimation, All-Terrain Progress Control and a Hands-Free Tailgate for maximum convenience and safety.
Autonomous Emergency Braking avoids or minimises the impact of collisions
Operational from 5-80km/h (3-50mph), Autonomous Emergency Braking helps to avoid accidents when the vehicle is travelling at speeds below 50km/h (32mph), and greatly reduces the severity of any impacts between 50-80km/h (32-50mph).
The system uses an innovative stereo camera mounted next to the rear-view mirror to monitor objects that pose a risk of collision, such as queuing traffic. If a collision is likely, the system will alert the driver with both a visual and audible warning. If no avoiding action is taken, an additional driver warning is triggered while the system applies maximum braking pressure to bring the vehicle to a controlled autonomous stop.
Autonomous Emergency Braking is available when either Lane-Keeping Assist or Lane-Departure Warning systems are specified.
Lane-Keeping Assist for maximum safety
Making driving more relaxing and safer, Lane-Keeping Assist debuts for 2016. Complementing Lane-Departure Warning, which warns the driver if they are drifting out of their lane, Lane-Keeping Assist actively helps the driver to stay in the correct lane by adding any necessary steering correction.
The technology works by combining Land Rover’s industry-first application of a forward-facing stereo camera to monitor road markings, with Evoque’s highly efficient electric power-assisted steering system.
Should Lane-Keeping Assist sense that the driver is unintentionally changing lanes, it initiates a gentle steering input to return the vehicle to its intended position. Lane-Keeping Assist is designed to be completely unobtrusive: it is not active if the indicators are activated, the driver can easily steer against it, and the system can be entirely disengaged if desired.
Attention Assist Estimation: the early warning system for driver fatigue
Driver fatigue is a major cause of road accidents. Attention Assist Estimation monitors driver steering inputs to guard against a driver falling asleep at the wheel. Should this advanced technology detect the jerky, non-linear movements typical of driver suffering the symptoms of fatigue, it automatically triggers both an audible warning and a visual warning in the instrument cluster.
Attention Assist Estimation perfectly complements Lane-Keeping Assist and Emergency Autonomous Braking, with all technologies combining to make driving as safe and relaxing as possible.
Peerless off-road capability with All-Terrain Progress Control
Evoque has always been as outstanding to drive off-road as on it, with class-leading approach (25°), breakover (22°), and departure (33°) angles (all standard body kit), a wading depth of 500mm, and a suite of advanced all-terrain technologies. Now Land Rover is introducing All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) to further complement the Evoque’s highly accomplished four-wheel-drive chassis with signature Terrain Response® technology.
ATPC allows a very low speed - lower than the natural creep speed of the vehicle, if desired - to be automatically maintained in challenging off-road environments where steep gradients, rough terrain and low-grip levels make maintaining an ideal speed difficult.
ATPC can be initiated either from rest or on the move, with no pedal inputs necessary other than releasing the brake pedal if the vehicle is stationary. The driver simply enables or disables ATPC via a switch on the centre console and inputs the desired speed via the cruise-control function’s steering-wheel-mounted controls. The driver can then focus on simply steering the vehicle, although accelerator and brake inputs will over-ride the system if required.
Operational in forward and reverse gears from 1.1mph to 19mph (1.8km/h to 30km/h), ATPC reduces driver workload to ensure Land Rover’s world-renowned off-road capability is more accessible than ever before.
Whatever the weather, Evoque continues to deliver the all-terrain capability that is a hallmark of the Land Rover brand.
Maximum Convenience With Hands-Free Tailgate
A Hands-Free Tailgate debuts for the 2016 model year Evoque, maximising convenience and complementing the existing keyless-entry system. Hands-Free Tailgate allows the owner to automatically open the powered electric tailgate when their hands are full, by briefly waving their foot beneath the rear bumper. Keys need never leave the owner’s pocket.
Two sensors located either side of the tailgate detect movement, which triggers the system when the vehicle keys are within close range. This ensures the sensors cannot be activated unintentionally, for instance by animals venturing beneath the rear bumper.
Unlike competitor systems, Evoque’s Hands-Free Tailgate can be activated both from directly behind the vehicle, and from either side of the bumper for enhanced versatility. It is also uniquely compatible with tow-bar systems selected from the optional equipment range of accessories. Evoque’s capability to tow up to 1,800kg is unaffected. Customers can close the tailgate via either the key or button located on the tailgate.