The Range Rover Evoque is on of the most successful vehicles Land Rover has ever made, and with some additional technology being introduced for the 2014 model the car looks to become even more desirable. Customers will benefit from newly available features, the biggest of which is the new 9-speed automatic gearbox called the ZF-9HP which was shown at this years Geneva Motor Show. The gearbox is one of the very first 9-speed units fitted to a passenger vehicle and is 16.5 pounds lighter than the previous 6 speed unit. It features an adaptive shift programme with “ultra fast response time” that learns the drivers driving style and adapts accordingly. The transmission not only makes for easier, more responsive driving but also improves economy and CO2 emissions due to the wide spread of ratios in the gearbox, improving the economy by around 11.4 percent and reducing CO2 emissions by around 9.5 percent.
Other new features for the 2014 model? include the addition of a range of driver assistance aids including “Park Exit” which will automatically exit parallel parking spaces and “Perpendicular Park” which will position the car centrally in parking spaces.? There is a “Closing Vehicle Sensing” which is like a blind spot detection warning system, “Reverse Traffic Detection” which warns the drive which warns the driver of oncoming traffic and a “Wade Sensing” feature that uses sensors in the door mirrors to alert the driver to rising levels of water and provide the a visual display.
There are some new optional extra features too; “Land Rover InControl” being one of them which incorporates two features – “InControl Remote” and “InControl Secure”. InControl Remote is an SOS Emergency system which drivers can activate when in trouble which automatically calls the emergency services and informs them of the vehicle exact position in the event of an accident. InControl Secure uses advance tracking technology to track the location of the vehicle in the event of the car being stolen. It will alert a call centre who will assist the local authorities with locating the vehicle. Smartphone users can even download a new “InControl” app that keeps an eye on your Evoque so you can view information like the vehicle status and fuel level and it can even help you find your car if you forgot where you parked it.
Another optional feature is a system called “Active Driveline” which Land Rover describes as being the first “on demand” four wheel drive system in the world that will automatically change between two wheel drive and four wheel drive as conditions require automatically and within 300 milliseconds. In addition a braking feature called “Torque Vectoring” that is present in both the standard four-wheel drive Evoque and one fitted with “Active Driveline” helps enhance the agility and safety of the vehicle even further by redirecting the torque between all four of the wheels helping counteract any under-steer.
Its not just new technology the Evoque has received either, there are some minor revisions to the exterior, some new interior colour options including “Zanzibar Bronze” shown above, four new alloy wheel designs, a new design of the Land Rover badge on the exterior and centre wheel caps.
The choice of engines available for the new Evoque remains the same with either a 2.2 litre diesel 150PS, a 2.2 litre diesel 190PS or the 2.0 litre petrol 240PS unit.
Pricing for the new 2013 model year Range Rover has not yet been release but it is more than likely to be a small increase over the current 2013 model which starts at ?29,200 on the road. The new model is due to make its debut at this years Frankfurt Motor Show which starts next month.
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