Compact SUV gets new LED lights, refreshed styling, new engines and a cabriolet version; priced from £30,200 and on sale from September

Land Rover has confirmed that the facelifted Range Rover Evoquerevealed at the 2015 Geneva motor showwill start at £30,200 when it goes on sale from September.

It will be the most efficient Land Rover production model yet, with Jaguar Land Rover's new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium turbodiesel engine under its bonnet.

The most economical version, the two-wheel-drive, 148bhp, 317lb ft eD4 equipped with a manual gearbox, will deliver a claimed 68mpg on the combined cycle and emit 109g/km of CO2, according to the manufacturer's estimated figures. That’s 18% more fuel efficient than the Evoque’s previous diesel engines.

A more potent diesel will also be offered with 178bhp and 317lb ft. It will return 59mpg and 125g/km in six-speed manual, four-wheel-drive form.

The new car will also be offered with Land Rover’s existing 237bhp Si4 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, which can achieve 36mpg and 181g/km. This variant, which comes with four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.6sec and has a top speed of 135mph.

Three drivetrains will be available: two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and Active Driveline. The Active Driveline automatically switches between two and four-wheel drive as required, and also features torque vectoring to improve traction in low-grip situations. It is standard when the Si4 petrol engine is specified and optional across the rest of the range.

Under the skin, the Evoque’s suspension set-up has been altered to take into account the lower weight of the Ingenium diesel engines. There’s a new front suspension subframe and revised rear bushings, as well as larger brake discs.

The most efficient Evoques – namely the front-wheel-drive eD4 three-door and five-door variants – will be designated as 'E-Capability' models and wear blue 'Evoque' badges.

Land Rover has tweaked the exterior design of the Evoque with a new front bumper, enlarged air intakes, two new grille designs, all-LED adaptive headlights and new alloy wheel designs among the key changes. The rear gets a new tailgate spoiler and high-level LED stoplight. In the cabin, the revised car features new seats and door casings, more soft-touch materials and fresh colour choices.

Land Rover will bring the Evoque’s trim levels in line with those of the Range Rover Sport, meaning customers can choose SE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography specifications. Every car now comes with lane departure warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), heated eight-way adjustable front seats, electric door mirrors, automatic lights and wipers and automatic climate control all as standard.

All versions of the Evoque get a new TFT information display in the instrument panel and JLR's new 8.0in touchscreen-based multimedia system, called InControl Touch. It allows users to swipe between screens just like a smartphone and allows you to display apps on the touchscreen.

The HSE and Autobiography trim levels get a higher-spec version called InControl Touch Plus, which comes with satellite navigation and the option of a rear-seat entertainment system with a pair of 8.0in video screens with wireless digital headphones.

The model also benefits from technology first seen on the Range Rover. All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) maintains a pre-determined speed off road to assist the driver in negotiating tricky terrain. 

The revised equipment levels and new engines have resulted in a tweaking to the car's pricing, with the entry-level model now starting at £30,200 - a rise of a touch under £2000 over the outgoing version.

This price buys you the 2WD model complete with the new 148bhp eD4 Ingenium diesel engine in SE trim. The range carries on to the automatic 4WD with the 237bhp Si4 engine in HSE Dynamic Lux trim. This costs £48,500.

Fewer trim choices are offered on the three-door Evoque, but each one costs exactly the same as the equivalent five-door version.

Land Rover has also confirmed that a convertible version of the Evoque will join the revamped line-up.

Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern said: “Our challenge has been to enhance Evoque without diluting its iconic design. The design refreshments give it an even greater presence on the road yet retain the emotional appeal that has made it so popular with more than 400,000 consumers around the world.”

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16 February 2015
Quite like the 'mug of tea' headlight graphics. But I really don't like the the trend for cars to have high and very narrow back windows,

23 February 2015
Imagining a Clarkson toned voice in my head saying " still want that V6 diesel Porsche Macan you've ordered?" And the answer is yes, absolutely, more than ever!

16 February 2015
The contest continues to make the scariest beast in the Waitrose car park, the get out my way look 'I am on the school run and running late because the trainer at my gym is gorg. move it' style.

16 February 2015
Evoque looks no less unique even years after I saw it first. It could certainly benefit from somewhat cleaner engines.

16 February 2015
Looks great in my rear view mirror but don't like following them, that busy rear end and those horrible little back lights ruin the styling for me.

23 February 2015
You can't polish a t***, so why bother..?

23 February 2015
The 178bhp diesel with 4wd and 125g/km is going to be the most welcome addition, I know an idiot just ordered one of these instead of waiting (his wife who must be appeased wanted it on the drive NOW!) so he is going to be paying £1000's more company car tax over the next 4 years than if only he had waited.

23 February 2015
There is not one single level on which this vehicle appeals, it is vulgar in more ways than I could possibly describe. Including just being plain Fugly. I know it is a common used argument but never has it been more true than here. Its what you could get for the same money else where.

cousinbillybob : "You can't polish a t***", no but you can roll it in glitter (and thats what they have done)

The apprentice : "The contest continues to make the scariest beast in the Waitrose car park, the get out my way look 'I am on the school run and running late because the trainer at my gym is gorg. move it' style." Actually I think its the "get out of my way look 'I dont know how to control my kids, we are late for school again, I'm going to get fined and taken to court....."

jer

23 February 2015
Apart from that I'm sure it will a useful improvement. Wonder if the magna ride will be an option across the range instead of only at the top. Is there a sense of disappointment at the output of the new ingenium diesel?

23 February 2015
Looks good to my eyes, the previous Evoque has been a huge success for JLR and it looks like they have improved it with more efficient engines coming on stream. What's not to like? unless you count the perceptions of what some people believe to be the driving habits of some of the school run mums. As for picking up speeding tickets it's not as though this is an issue for any particular vehicle, the so called authorities keep lowering the limits in order to raise more cash so you really don't have to be trying particularly hard.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

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