The biggest news for the small 2014 Range Rover Evoque is its nine-speed automatic transmission, which has three more cogs than the outgoing gearbox. Additionally, the refreshed crossover gets mild cosmetic tweaks, more safety tech, and a new Active Driveline system.
Land Rover partnered with ZF to develop the new nine-speed transmission, which should reduce emission and improve fuel economy. EPA figures aren’t out yet, but the current Evoque is rated at 20/28 mpg city/highway. The transmission will also adapt to the driver’s style, can skip gears when downshifting (most gearboxes must shift sequentially), and a new lower gear ratio ensures that the Evoque remains a capable off roader. And despite the extra gears, the new transmission weighs less and isn’t much larger than the outgoing six-speed. The 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four is unchanged.
Other changes include new active differentials and torque vectoring (between the rear wheels and among all four wheels), which are part of the standard Active Driveline system. The new system also improves efficiency by decoupling the four-wheel drive system when the Evoque is cruising.
The 2014 Evoque will also feature a number of new safety technologies. Among them is Park Exit, which will automatically maneuver the Evoque out of those tricky parallel parking spots. An adaptive cruise control now includes forward alert and emergency braking and a Reverse Traffic Detection system warns drivers of oncoming traffic. Finally, Land Rover has tweaked the exterior a bit, including a bulkier front bumper. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect a slight bump from the 2013 Evoque’s base price of $42,040.
Source: Land Rover