Evoque becomes first regular production car with advanced nine-speed gearbox
Mark Tisshaw
27 February 2013

The Range Rover Evoque will be the first regular production car to be fitted with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Unveiled at the Geneva motor show, the new ZF-supplied 9HP transmission initially will replace the existing six-speed unit across all-wheel-drive versions of the Evoque, with “significant improvements in fuel economy and a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions” promised.

The closer ratios are said to improve shift quality, refinement and acceleration response, and reduce noise at higher cruising speeds.

The top ratio in the torque converter gearbox is particularly tall to improve fuel economy, while the bottom ratio is much lower than that in the current six-speed unit to improve the Evoque’s off-road ability.

A ‘skip-shift’ function is also included, so gears can be skipped under rapid deceleration or firmer throttle use. The gearbox can also recognise driving styles and detect when more urgent shifts are required or when a relaxed shifting style is desired.

The Range Rover Evoque's new gearbox is 6mm longer but it weighs 7.5kg less than the outgoing six-speed transmission. It premiered at the Geneva motor show this week.

See our first drive review of the Range Rover Evoque nine-speed auto here

 

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27 February 2013

Might be a revelation or it could spend a lot of time hunting and changing up and down all the time .

Sound like bicycles some now have 11 gears on the rear cassette where 5 was perfectly adequate previously . Oh and they change gear electronically innal !

27 February 2013

Old Toad wrote:

Might be a revelation or it could spend a lot of time hunting and changing up and down all the time .

Sound like bicycles some now have 11 gears on the rear cassette where 5 was perfectly adequate previously . Oh and they change gear electronically innal !

if its anything like the zf 8 speed then its going to be brilliant. May not make sense in britian. But in my country i can crusing down the motorway at 150mph while still doing 20 mpg in my 328i thanks to the 8 speed (i see your green faces!). it can even drop down to 4th gear in a heartbeat everytime you want to overtake.

R32

27 February 2013

I'm disappointed with JLR.  I had hoped the new gearbox would be ten-speed or eleven-speed or twelve-speed.  Oh well just have to wait until next year for that.

Or perhaps they could try improving their cars build quality and reliability first...

27 February 2013

R32 wrote:

I'm disappointed with JLR.  I had hoped the new gearbox would be ten-speed or eleven-speed or twelve-speed.  Oh well just have to wait until next year for that.

Or perhaps they could try improving their cars build quality and reliability first...

 

I've yet to hear about the Evoque suffering from reliabilty or build quality issues.  A may be wrong but have you any facts to back up this claim, or are you talking for the sake of talking?

 

27 February 2013

So this will hit the market before the new Jeep Cherokee which as you reported recently will also have a 9 speed automatic.

27 February 2013

This from the same magazine that published an article saying that Land Rover would not be fitting an eight speed automatic gearbox in the Discovery, despite having fitted one in the Range Rover. So armed with this news I confidently ordered a new Discovery, which I could and would have waited for, to find that the Discovery was updated with and eight speed automatic.

My conclusion is that the people who write this stuff are really concerned about changing the value of blank paper bought in for value "x", to a resale value of "X plus ", accuracy and integrity are something of a past era of journalism.

I no longer believe anything they write until I've seen or tried it myself !

27 February 2013

At least Autocar hasn't gone quite as bonkers as Land Rover themselves by claiming this new 9-speed transmission is 'the latest in a long line of technical firsts' for their company - despite being made by someone else...!?

I'm not moaning about the transmission. As Sirit said, if it's anything like the 8-sp then it'll be superb. It's just a product of our emissions reducing times.


27 February 2013

Let's face it, the Evoque is pretty dirty, the diesels can barely match a Porsche Cayenne, despite the latter being larger and roomier and fitted with a 3.0 V6. ZF know what they are doing, it sounds like this will operate more like a 7 speed box with high and low gears at either end of the range. Makes sense.

27 February 2013

scrap wrote:

Let's face it, the Evoque is pretty dirty, the diesels can barely match a Porsche Cayenne, despite the latter being larger and roomier and fitted with a 3.0 V6. ZF know what they are doing, it sounds like this will operate more like a 7 speed box with high and low gears at either end of the range. Makes sense.

the evoque sd4 lets out 149 co2 while cayenne v6 diesel 189 co2. unless you are implying that both cayenne and evoque are dirty cars then it is acceptable.

27 February 2013

Yes but you have to compare autos as the Cayenne is an Auto so it's 174 for the Evoque. However the new gearbox should bring that down a fair bit. The Cayenne D also uses a ZF gearbox but it's the 8HP for longitudinally mounted engines. 

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