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Land Rover announces 2014 Evoque drivetrain enhancements

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The Range Rover Evoque has only been on the market for a year or so now, but already Land Rover is introducing a series of enhancements – and they're not just limited to the striking Zanzibar Bronze paint pictured here.

Most of the changes revolve around the drivetrain and how the Evoque puts its power down to the road – or whatever surface it's traversing. The biggest change is the new nine-speed automatic transmission JLR has been working on with ZF. There's also a new Active Driveline on-demand all-wheel drive system to bridge the gap between the full-time all-wheel drive and the front-drive configurations offered overseas, but since the Evoque is only offered with four-wheel traction on this side of the Atlantic, it remains to be seen whether JLR will offer the system Stateside. There's a new brake-based torque-vectoring system and a host of safety systems apparently ported over from the new Range Rover Sport.

All told, the improvements are said to net an approximate 10-percent improvement in fuel consumption and emissions while offering increased safety, convenience and appearance options inside and out. Full details in the press release below.
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Major New Technologies Enhance 2014 Range Rover Evoque
20 August 2013

- New, responsive 9-speed automatic transmission now available
- World's first 'on-demand' Active Driveline delivers even greater agility
- Seven new driver assistance and convenience features added
- New Land Rover InControlTM connect car features
- Improved fuel economy and reduced emissions, depending on model
- Exterior and interior design enhancements, plus new alloy wheel designs

One of the most successful Land Rover vehicles ever made, the Range Rover Evoque, makes a further significant leap forward with the introduction of a host of new technologies. These enhancements lower fuel consumption by up to 11.4 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 9.5 percent - depending on model - and bring a range of new comfort, convenience and connectivity features.

With global sales of more than 170,000 vehicles in just 18 months, the Range Rover Evoque has proven to be hugely successful and the 2014 model is destined to have even greater appeal. Customers ordering vehicles from the 2014 range, on sale from [insert date] depending on individual markets, will benefit from newly-available features, including: a new 9-speed automatic transmission, new driveline technologies, seven new driver assistance features and detail design enhancements inside and out.

"We are thrilled to be moving the Evoque on to the next stage and believe the exciting new driveline technology, driver safety and convenience features plus the Land Rover InControlTM connectivity capability (using advanced mobile technology to keep owners connected with their vehicle, their world and Land Rover services), make the 2014 Evoque an unbeatable choice for customers seeking the ultimate in compact SUV vehicles," said Land Rover Global Brand Director, John Edwards.

First shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the ZF-9HP automatic transmission is among the world's first 9-speed units fitted to a passenger car. It has an ultra-fast response time, described by ZF as "below the threshold of perception" and an adaptive shift programme that quickly matches the driving style. With a wide spread of ratios and improved efficiency, the new transmission delivers improved economy, reduced emissions, enhanced performance and greater comfort.

Available as an option, Active Driveline, is the world's first 'on demand' four-wheel drive system which enhances agility and improves fuel efficiency by operating in front-wheel drive only during steady-state driving at speeds above 22mph. The new system monitors vehicle dynamics and automatically reconnects four-wheel drive (within 300 milliseconds) whenever it is needed. Active Driveline also features Active Torque Biasing with electronic-Diff (e-Diff) technology to distribute torque between the rear wheels, optimising traction and stability.

In addition, a Torque Vectoring by Braking feature further enhances agility and safety by redirecting torque between all four wheels to counteract understeer. It features in both the Active Driveline and the Evoque's standard four-wheel drive system.

For the 2014 model, the driver assistance capabilities of Evoque are significantly enhanced by the introduction of seven features including: Park Exit (to automatically exit parallel parking bays), Perpendicular Park (to position the car centrally in parking bays), Adaptive Cruise Control (with Queue Assist, Forward Alert and Intelligent Emergency Braking), Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection (to warn drivers of oncoming traffic), Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Wade Sensing.

In addition to the new technologies, there are detail changes to the Evoque's exterior, new colour options for the interior, four new alloy wheel styles and a new style of Land Rover badge on the grille, wheel centres and tailgate.

The 2014 Evoque continues to be powered by Land Rover's range of economical and light weight four-cylinder engines with a choice of either the 2.2 diesel 150PS engine, 2.2 diesel 190PS engine or 2.0 Petrol 240PS engine (depending on market). With the new 9-speed automatic transmission and Active Driveline, fuel economy (for EU-5 compliant vehicles) is improved by up to 11.4 percent and CO2 emissions are reduced by as much as 9.5 percent. Combined fuel consumption for the 2014 range is up to 57.6 mpg, with CO2 emissions starting from as low as 129 g/km.

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