2016 Range Rover Evoque Updated With New Styling, Diesel Engines
“Most Efficient Production LR Ever” Gets Ingenium Powerplants, LED Headlights
Thanks to a new lineup of engines, the facelifted 2016 Range Rover Evoque is now the most fuel-efficient vehicle Land Rover has ever produced.
Thanks to a new diesel engine with two different power outputs, the Evoque is now able to peg up to 68 mpg (presumably on the forgiving European extra-urban cycle), according to the company. That diesel comes from Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) all-new Ingenium engine family, a lineup of all-aluminum modular engines designed and built in-house. Interestingly, the company says that the engines have a service interval of 21,000 miles (at least for the diesel), helping contribute to lower running costs for the 2016 Evoque.
The Evoque’s new Ingenium engine will displace 2.0 liters, like the Peugeot-based diesel engines it replaces, but they’re lighter, and all Ingenium engines are designed to minimize friction and other parasitic losses for better efficiency and performance. Producing either 150 hp or 180 hp, the new diesel should offer comparable hustle compared to the units it replaces. Expect Ingenium motors (both gas and diesel) to proliferate both Jaguar and Land Rover's model range within the next several years.
It’s not immediately clear if the new diesel will come with the updated Evoque to the United States, but if it does, we’d bet it’ll only be available with the high-output tuning. JLR has previously stated that it’s committed to diesel in the U.S., with both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport receiving a 3.0L diesel V-6 option later this year, so we think it might follow suit for the Evoque. The gas engine is a carryover option from the current Evoque, a 2.0L I-4 producing 240 hp. Land Rover is still claiming that the gas engine will achieve better fuel economy for 2016, even though it’s still based on Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost engine. We thought that the facelifted Evoque’s gasser would be swapped out for an Ingenium unit too, but the current “Si4” engine is still a good motor for the compact SUV.
The Evoque’s chief calling card in the compact luxury SUV segment is its styling, and that doesn’t change with this new facelift. The biggest departure from the current Evoque is available full-LED headlamps, a first in a Land Rover product. Offering better illumination than other light sources, the company says the LEDs enhance safety and appearance, and they’re more energy-efficient and last longer as well.
A new front bumper makes the Evoque a little too chin heavy, but it looks OK, and the LED light pipes, running the width of the headlights, look great. Large air intakes underneath the headlights look sporty, as does the reshaped rear window spoiler. As before, we expect the Evoque to remain primarily an on-road SUV, so the planted, sporting stance works very well.
However, being a Land Rover, the Evoque will live up to some of its off-road heritage. The company’s All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) joins standard Terrain Response, Hill Start Assist, and Hill Descent Control. ATPC works in conjunction with the Evoque’s cruise control, allowing the driver to preselect a speed between 1.1 and 19 mph and enabling him or her to concentrate on wheel placement and steering, rather than throttle and braking. The system first debuted on the fullsize Range Rover and midsize Range Rover Sport.
Among other changes for the 2016 Evoque, new seats and door panels are available in two additional color schemes, which Land Rover says allows even more personalization than the already-unique 2015 Rangie. A lane-departure and lane-keeping system, automatic emergency braking, and a system that monitors driver fatigue increase the Range Rover’s safety quotient.
JLR says the Evoque is the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time, with 400,000 units sold globally since its introduction in 2011. It’s an incredibly important model for the company, which until recently was in significant financial trouble. However, the Evoque’s new efficiency and updated, but still distinctive, styling will have no trouble bringing more buyers into Land Rover showrooms, we think.
Source: Land Rover