Nine-speed auto for 2014 Range Rover Evoque

For the 2014 model year, the Range Rover Evoque will feature a new nine-speed automatic transmission, a new connected car system and new driver assistance features.

Overall, the revisions for the new model year contribute to a 11.4% reduction in fuel consumption and a 9.5% reduction in CO2 emissions, depending on the model.

The new ZF-9HP automatic transmission boasts a shift response time which is said to be “below the threshold of perception.”  It also features an adaptive shift programme which learns the driver’s style, and a wider spread of ratios to improve efficiency.

Coupled with this is a new optional Active Driveline system that operates in front wheel-drive mode during steady driving at speeds above 22mph, but switches to four wheel-drive mode in less than 300 milliseconds whenever it detects additional traction is required.

The system also incorporates an electronic differential to provide what Land Rover calls an Active Torque Biasing function to distribute torque between the rear wheels.  Initially, the system will only be available with the Si4 petrol engine.

Available across the range, however, is a Torque Vectoring by Braking feature, which can apply brakes to individual wheels in order to distribute torque and minimise understeer.

The roster of electronic systems expands further with a new Park Exit function, to automatically drive the vehicle out of parallel parking bays, Perpendicular Park to park the vehicle centrally within parking bays, Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection to warn drivers of oncoming traffic.  In addition, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Wade Sensing are also available.

The interior sees the debut of Land Rover’s optional new InControl connected car system.  The system incorporates two new features for Land Rover: InControl Remote, which can be triggered manually by a concealed button in the overhead console, automatically calls the emergency services in the event of an accident and can even supply information regarding the vehicle’s position.  A second button can connect to Land Rover Assistance in the event of a breakdown.

By contrast, InControl Secure raises a silent alarm should the vehicle be stolen and can track the vehicle’s location to assist with its recovery.  The system complies with the Thatcham Category 6 standard.

Elsewhere in the interior there are new colour options, plus four new alloy wheel designs and a revised Land Rover badge on the grille, wheels and tailgate.