Land Rover has announced a redesign of the Range Rover Evoque for 2016, with the new model debuting at the Geneva Auto Show this month. The new styling is designed to strengthen the features of the existing model and “reinforce” its market-leading status.
The new design features a revised front bumper, an option for either of two new grilles, LEDs for headlamps and three different alloy wheels, all chosen to give more “distinctive appeal.”
The interior has been updated with new instruments, new seats, and new door casings. Also included in the long list of optional extras are a host of upholstery materials and colors as well as massage seats up front and customer configurable adjustable ambient lighting.
Power will come from Jaguar Land Rover’s innovative new lightweight Ingenium engine family with a 4-cylinder turbo diesel that makes the Evoque the most efficient Land Rover ever, with an estimated 68 mpg for the lower-powered 150 hp model. That’s 18 percent more efficient than its predecessor. Even the petrol model is capable of returning 36 mpg. That’s a far cry from my old Rangie that regularly achieves 8 mpg.
Land Rover has also come along way in advancing new technologies. This model will include the Progress Control feature for low speed maneuvering over tricky terrain, new crash avoidance features, a touch screen control center in the cockpit, and even a hands free tailgate control that is activated (to open or close it) by waving one’s foot underneath the rear bumper.
The Evoque model has been enormously successful for Land Rover with sales to date of over 400,000 units. This makes it the fastest selling Land Rover of all time, and with the current level of development and innovation, that doesn’t seem likely to change. The new Evoque will hit showrooms in August of 2015, and prices should be commensurate with the current version.
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