What is it?
A revised Range Rover Evoque for the 2014 model-year.
‘Tweaked’ might be a better word for it, given that the most significant exterior changes are new alloy wheel designs and slightly different ‘Land Rover’ badges. There are new colour options for the interior, too. But bigger and more meaningful updates have been carried out under the skin, to the driveline specifically.
Out has gone ZF’s old six-speed automatic gearbox, in comes its brand new nine-speeder, as tested in an SD4 prototype earlier this year. Performance, refinement, ride comfort and fuel efficiency are all supposed to be notably improved – the last of those items having been in quite serious need of improvement in real-world terms, both for the SD4 turbodiesel and the SI4 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol.
As an option on that 237bhp petrol comes the second important update to the Evoque’s transmission: an intelligent four-wheel drive system called Active Driveline.
This is an ‘on-demand’ system that automatically decouples drive to the rear axle when cruising above 22mph, but can reconnect it in three tenths of a second as necessary. The drive system also includes an electronically controlled ‘e-Diff’ on the rear axle.
There are new driver-assistance systems for 2014 model year cars, too: more sophisticated park-assist functions, active safety systems and 'wade sensing' for proper off-roading.