First seen in a prototype at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, the ZF-supplied nine-speed gearbox is now a production reality and will be fitted to the Land Rover-made Evoque’s one petrol and two diesel engines as standard.
Land Rover claims fuel economy is improved by up to 11.4 per cent and CO2 emissions by up to 9.5 per cent in some models, with the most frugal front-wheel-drive, 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel version now coming with figures of 57.6mpg (combined) and 129g/km.
Another new feature for the 2014 Evoque is an optional Active Driveline ‘on demand’ four-wheel drive system. In steady driving conditions above 22mph, all-wheel-drive Evoques switch to front-drive mode to improve fuel economy. The system automatically returns to four-wheel drive in 300 milliseconds should conditions demand it.
Active Driveline also includes an Active Torque Biasing feature that has an electronic differential (called e-Diff) to split torque between the rear wheels, improving traction and stability.