Ford's clever Ecoboost engine technology is tipped to feature in the Range Rover Evoque

Ford’s new 200bhp light-pressure turbo Ecoboost engine is tipped to be one of the key powerplants in the new Range Rover Evoque.

Land Rover won’t confirm or deny the news, but the engine is understood to currently being tested in a fleet of prototypes burning up the Nürburgring ahead of next month’s show reveal at the Paris auto show.

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The 200bhp Ecoboost should endow the Evoque with a decent turn of speed — in the Mondeo it’s capable of 0-60mph in 7.9secs and 144mph.

And it’s compatible with the Ford/Getrag six-speed dual-clutch Powershift transmission, which would give Land Rover a state-of-the art powertrain for its new baby Range Rover.

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Urban drivers of the Evoque are likely to plump for this combo in large numbers, both for ease of driving and fuel economy.

Again in the Mondeo the Ecoboost is rated at 36.6mpg and 179g/km — numbers that match the stop-start diesel Freelander.

Julian Rendell

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25 August 2010

That sounds like a good move to me! It's a cracking engine, from what I've read and the Evoque needs a powertrain like this to take on the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

25 August 2010

Evoque will get a 240BHP version of this engine which should improve the performance even more (7.5 secs 0-60 135MPH). sounds nice too.

25 August 2010

Funny that Autocar seem entranced by the Ecoboost engine with powershift transmission in the new Evoque...they weren't that keen when it was in an S-Max, and why do they keep quoting the figures from the much lighter Mondeo? The Evoque numbers wil be worse than the S-Max as it will be heavier, less aerodynamic and have greater transmission losses in the 4wd versions...pertinent S-Max review from Autocar below:

"Just don’t expect diesel economy. We achieved an average of 25.8mpg in mixed driving and 32.5mpg on our touring route. To put that in context, a 138bhp 2.0 TDCi S-Max recorded 31.1mpg and 43.2mpg in our original road test. This is certainly not disastrous for a petrol engine pulling a car weighing 1810kg (as tested), but neither is it a revelation.

Even though Ford makes rather better manual gearboxes, the convenience of an automatic seems entirely fitting to the multi-tasking life this type of vehicle will surely endure. At moderate throttle openings the dual-clutch gearbox works well, with progressive clutch engagement and smooth, well timed gearchanges. It can get caught out, especially at low speeds, but this is not a problem unique to the Ford system.

What is, though, is a slight clumsiness under wider (but not full) throttle openings in Drive. Initially the gearbox can be reluctant to change down, encouraging more throttle and then a sudden drop of two gears, when an earlier single downshift would have been sufficient. The good news is that the gearbox works better in Sport, and that in its manual mode there is full control, with no kickdown or automatic upshifts."

R32

25 August 2010

Still no mention of a V6 engine going under the bonnet of the Evoque - perhaps the 3.0 TDV6 from the current RRS? This car is badged as a Range Rover after all and will be priced accordingly, so one would have thought that a V6 would be made available instead of having all the engines as lowly four-cylinders. If Land Rover intend just offering four-cylinder engines in the Evoque but charging full whack Range Rover pricing they really are taking a risk with "brand dilution".

25 August 2010

Brand dilution? Do people who buy brands care? Are n't all brands the same these days, not looking further than next years balance sheet?

25 August 2010

[quote Autocar]Ford’s new 200bhp light-pressure turbo Ecoboost engine is tipped to be one of the key powerplants in the new Range Rover Evoque.

Land Rover won’t confirm or deny the news, but the engine is understood to currently being tested in a fleet of prototypes burning up the Nürburgring ahead of next month’s show reveal at the Paris auto show.
[/quote] For this engine to be a "key" powerplant in this new model it would have to sell in better quantities than any other petrol versions of the S Max, Mondeo or indeed any existing 4 x 4 do in Europe. If it is not diesel it will not sell. Those of us who either have to pay tax on the fuel consumption of company cars or "shock horror" buy our own fuel out of already highly taxed income will never buy a petrol car that is large/heavy.

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