Launched back in July 2011, the Range Rover Evoque has scored a major hit with customers and has become Land Rover’s best seller, with global sales totalling over 400,000 – that’s not surprising given that the model’s unique, if somewhat ‘Marmite’, styling turned the compact SUV market on its head at launch and helped the Evoque to garner over 165 international awards. That in turn has had further benefits creating 3000 new jobs at Land Rover’s Halewood plant – following that up was never going to be easy.
However, it looks as if Land Rover have and, as a result, created the most efficient production model ever. The MY16 Evoque, which will debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, features a comprehensive range of new design features and technologies to reinforce its status as the market leader.
Range Rover Evoque’s cutting-edge exterior design has been further enhanced with a selection of carefully chosen revisions. These updates include a new front bumper, two new grille designs, all-LED headlamps and three new alloy wheel designs. These changes will enhance Evoque’s unique design to a broad range of customers.
Interior changes include new seats and door casings, a new infotainment system, accessed via an eight-inch touchscreen, and the introduction of new colour and materials such as Lunar Ice, Vintage Tan and Dark Cherry (Autobiography only) complementing Evoque’s bold architectural forms.
Land Rover’s advanced new diesel engine also debuts. The new EU6-compliant four-cylinder Ingenium unit brings a class-leading combination of performance, refinement and efficiency. The cutting-edge engine, which is designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, provides up to 180PS, fuel economy of up to 68mpg (4.2l/100km) and, according to Land Rover’s own estimate, CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km – that makes the class-leading Evoque the most efficient Land Rover ever produced.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, said: ‘The Range Rover Evoque first established and then dominated the luxury compact SUV sector generating worldwide acclaim and sales success. Our challenge has been to evolve the Evoque design without diluting its distinctive character.”
Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, said: ‘The Evoque has proven to be an enormous success in the UK with sales of 62,000 since its launch back in 2011. Clever design, class leading residuals and competitive cost of ownership have all been contributors to its success.
‘The 2016 model year Evoque builds on this achievement with a new engine line up delivering outstanding CO2 emissions down to 109g/km and for the first time; an all-wheel drive version under 130g/km. This combined with intelligent and relevant technology will ensure that the Range Rover Evoque is an attractive proposition to both private and fleet and business customers.”
Land Rover has yet to confirm that a production version of the Evoque Convertible Concept, which was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2012, will be launched there this year but late-stage prototype models have been seen testing on public roads so watch this space…