Evoque – the most economical model in Land Rover’s history
Land Rover has announced details of the most economical model the company has ever produced, capable of emitting just 109g/km of CO2 whilst still managing to return an average of 68mpg. The news comes as the British firm confirmed that its revised Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in September 2015, priced from £30,200.
From an external perspective, the revisions are modest, restricted as they are to a new style front bumper and headlights, a tweaked tailgate spoiler and three fresh alloy wheel designs. There are also two new grille designs.
However, under the skin, the changes are more profound. The Evoque now gains an all-new Euro6-compliant four-cylinder Ingenium turbocharged diesel engine, as already seen in the Jaguar XE. The 2.0-litre unit will replace the existing 2.2-litre turbodiesel and will be offered in two power guises: a 150bhp eD4 driving the front wheels only, or a 180bhp TD4 all-wheel drive.
The eD4 is the most economical, emitting just 109g/km of CO2 whilst still managing to return an average of 68.0mpg in 3-door Coupé format. The super-economical eD4 models can be readily identified from the less efficient models in the range by their blue Evoque badges on the bootlid.
The economy of the TD4 has also been improved, averaging up to 59.0mpg whilst witnessing a reduction of NOx emissions. Service intervals have also been stretched, improving all-round running costs.
The single 240bhp 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine soldiers on, but it is only able to muster an average of 36.0mpg.
Open the door and inside there is an upgraded infotainment system, operated via an eight-inch touchscreen. This introduces Jaguar Land Rover’s new InControl system. It offers smartphone style swipe capability, links to smartphones to offer app access and boasts far clearer graphics. Two versions of InControl are available: SE and SE Tech models get InControl Touch as standard whilst HSE Dynamic and Autobiography models get an upgraded InControl Touch Plus.
The entry level model is the eD4 2WD 5-door SE which kicks off the range at £30,200. Compared to today’s car, it gets additional equipment that includes lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, heated front seats, folding door mirrors, climate control, and auto lights and wipers.
Two new colours are also available: Baltoro Ice and Waitomo Grey.
This article was prepared by our eco car news team First4Auto
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