Range Rover Evoque updated for 2014; new nine-speed gearbox boosts fuel economy
Mark Tisshaw
10 September 2013

The Range Rover Evoque has been shown at the Frankfurt motor show, and gets a number of changes in 2014, including the adoption of a new nine-speed automatic gearbox.

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.

Torque Vectoring by Braking is another new feature for the four-wheel drive system and it’s standard, rather than part of the optional Active Driveline. This feature boosts agility and safety by splitting torque between all four wheels to counter understeer.

Other new features for the revised Evoque include various parking assist, lane departure and traffic sign recognition systems, and a wade sensor. 

There are minor detail changes to the exterior, such as new badges and new alloy wheel options, and extra colour choices inside. 

Sales of the 2014 Evoque will begin later this year. 

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20 August 2013

Shouldn't Land Rover take a leaf out of Mercedes' book and have this new technology filter down from their flag ship product?? 

20 August 2013

nick644uk66 wrote:

Shouldn't Land Rover take a leaf out of Mercedes' book and have this new technology filter down from their flag ship product?? 

Completely agree..think some of the tech they is implementing is great, so why isn't it on the range topper.

Not the biggest fan of the evoque as it doesnt quiet fit in the RR range I feel, alittle too much like a jumped up ford look but anyway with the changes they are making to the tech, sounds like it will be a great driving machine.. here lies the problem for me, RR i see as ultmate off road vehicles with luxury added in.. not SUV like the GLA or X1 or even Porsche Cayenne... STill though love the brand

20 August 2013

nick644uk66 wrote:

Shouldn't Land Rover take a leaf out of Mercedes' book and have this new technology filter down from their flag ship product?? 

The ZF 9 speed gearbox will only be rated to take a certain amount of torque - it'll be suitable for the 2.2 diesel on the Evoque, but I'd guess the 3.0 V6 and 4.2 V8 diesels in the full size cars would just shred it.

ZF are an independent company, and JLR has a long history with them - if they make a 9 speed box that'll take the huge torque the big motors develop, I'm sure you'll see JLR buy it and use it in the RR and RRS.

20 August 2013

Orangewheels wrote:

nick644uk66 wrote:

Shouldn't Land Rover take a leaf out of Mercedes' book and have this new technology filter down from their flag ship product?? 

The ZF 9 speed gearbox will only be rated to take a certain amount of torque - it'll be suitable for the 2.2 diesel on the Evoque, but I'd guess the 3.0 V6 and 4.2 V8 diesels in the full size cars would just shred it.

ZF are an independent company, and JLR has a long history with them - if they make a 9 speed box that'll take the huge torque the big motors develop, I'm sure you'll see JLR buy it and use it in the RR and RRS.

 

Mercedes always manage to showcase their new technology on their S class first before filtering it down to 'lesser' models.  Frustrating to buy what is mean't to be a 'range topper' and find the cheaper variants have better tech.  I have more tech on my C class Mercedes than the L405.  I really want to buy the latest L405 RR,  but putting off the purchase until RR have caught up with current 'must haves'...for example,  I love the traffic sign recognition feature, handy for checking speed limits when on unfamiliar foreign roads! Releasing a top of the range car without a digital speedo is also ridiculous!

20 August 2013

Mercedes are actually releaseing their new 9G-tronic Auto on the E-Class and NOT the S-Class as you claim.

Manufacturers (MB, LR and others alike) often introduce new technologies on higher volume products first.

11 September 2013
nick644uk66 wrote:

Shouldn't Land Rover take a leaf out of Mercedes' book and have this new technology filter down from their flag ship product?? 

The 9Spd box, as I understand, is designed for transverse applications therefore it can't be fitted to the larger vehicles with the longitudinal layout.

A34

20 August 2013

... A focus on drivetrains. The new engines - due next year in the next Freelander? - will be important as the current ones are considered a weak spot.

20 August 2013

You'd have thought for the price JLR charge for the Evoque they could have fitted features like the part time 4WD as standard.

20 August 2013

Autocar said:

"the most frugal front-wheel-drive, 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel version now coming with figures of 57.6mpg (combined) and 129g/km"

Had that since launch, so not really a new thing.... and no actual figures mentioned for the new auto box.  Bit of a rubbish article then?

20 August 2013

oop north wrote:

Autocar said:

"the most frugal front-wheel-drive, 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel version now coming with figures of 57.6mpg (combined) and 129g/km"

Had that since launch, so not really a new thing.... and no actual figures mentioned for the new auto box.  Bit of a rubbish article then?

I think the point is that the FWD diesel has lower emissions. And for a 2.2 diesel SUV, thats not bad going. A CR-V is 149, Kuga with a 2.0 engine is 139. Only the X1 is lower, but that also has a lower rent interior and looks only a mother could love

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