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Land Rover reveals updated Evoque

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Striking looks have always been one of the Range Rover Evoque’s strongest points, and now thanks to a Range Rover Sport-style facelift, the model should appeal to even more buyers. Four years after it was first launched, this updated Evoque is set to make its debut at the Geneva motor show next week.

Along with its tweaked exterior design, the Evoque receives a new, greener diesel engine, which keeps it up to date against the tranche of upmarket off-roader rivals hoping to dent its sales. Kitted out with this 2.0-litre 148bhp motor, the Evoque becomes Land Rover’s most economical model, returning claimed fuel economy of 68mpg and emitting just 109g/km of CO2 – warranting annual car tax of just £20 – in two-wheel drive ‘eD4’ guise.

A more powerful version of the same engine with 178bhp will also be available, complete wth four-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 237bhp ‘Si4’ petrol engine is unchanged, and will be available with a standard-fit nine-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Also standard on the petrol – and optional on both diesels – is Land Rover’s ‘Active Driveline’ tech, which automatically switches from four-wheel drive to two-wheel drive, to reduce fuel consumption when the extra traction of four-wheel drive isn’t needed.

The interior is also updated in the new car with more upholstery and trim options than before. Unusually for an updated model, the seats have also been redesigned to aid comfort. Another change is the addition of a new eight-inch touchscreen media system, plus a set of digital dials for the driver. As for the outside, the Evoque gets a new front bumper, new grille designs and powerful LED headlights, along with new alloy wheels.

As with the refreshed styling, trim levels now match the pricier Range Rover Sport, with SE, HSE, Dynamic and Autobiography specifications available. Full details of the updated model will be confirmed later in the year, with prices expected to start at just below £30,000.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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