2014 Range Rover Evoque facelift brings 9-speed auto, more tech

Range Rover will show an updated version Evoque at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The visual changes are minimal, but under the skin of the revised Evoque is one of the first production 9-speed automatic transmissions.

Combined with an Active Driveline on demand all-wheel drive system that normally keeps the rear wheels disengaged from the powertrain at speeds over 35km/h, but can re-engage the rear wheels in around 300 milliseconds, the new fuel economy is said to be improved by around 11% and CO2 emissions cut by about 9%. Despite these improvements Range Rover is unwilling to quote exact figures prior to the car’s official unveiling.

According to Range Rover the revised Evoque will be powered by either a 110kW or 140kW 2.2-litre turbo-diesel or a 177kW turbocharged petrol engine.

Other new tech on the 2014 Evoque, at least on European models, includes automated exit from parallel parking spots, adaptive cruise control that works in stop/start traffic, automated emergency braking, reverse traffic detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, wade sensing, and automated perpendicular parking. The updated Evoque can all track itself and silently alert authorities if it’s stolen, as well as inform emergency services in the case of an accident.

Changes to the styling are limited to revised Land Rover badges, new alloy wheels and paint colours.

The revised Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in Australia from March 2014.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]