New Range Rover Evoque unveiled (The Nation (Nigeria))

The Range Rover Evoque’s progressive exterior and interior design is a beauty to behold. The carefully revised exterior, together with the introduction of full-LED adaptive headlamps and six new alloy wheel designs, creates more visual impact than ever before, reports TAJUDEEN ADEBANJO
Land Rover’s award-winning design team has enhanced Evoque’s contemporary interior for 2016. The highly-distinctive cabin is defined by premium quality materials, clean surface treatments, and the bold intersection between the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the powerful vertical lines of the centre console. Its centrepiece is an all-new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a clear, intuitive user interface fitted as standard equipment across the range.
Luxurious front and rear seats retain Evoque’s outstanding levels of comfort and support while introducing a sportier, more technical aesthetic to perfectly complement the progressive exterior design language. A portfolio of two distinctive seat designs, with three different materials, is available with three increasingly sophisticated levels of adjustment, from eight-way electric adjustment for both driver and passenger, to luxurious 14-way electric memory seats with four-way lumbar support and fully adjustable bolsters.
A selection of grained Taurus leather and premium Oxford hides create an even more luxurious interior. At the top-of-the-range, the all-new seats are distinguished by exquisitely crafted ribbed and perforated leather feature panels. Oxford leather also extends to the mid and upper sections of the dashboard, the door casings and centre console compartment for the ultimate premium interior.
Revised interior door casings in both the front and rear of the vehicle echo the striking new seat design, with a clean, contemporary feel the armrests are reprofiled for a leaner, tauter appearance, with revised contour lines and extra feature stitch lines adding crisp definition. Meanwhile, the introduction of soft-touch, deeply padded premium surfaces maximise the door casing’s exceptional tactility.
The Range Rover Evoque’s progressive exterior and interior design has evolved. The carefully revised exterior, together with the introduction of full-LED adaptive headlamps and six new alloy wheel designs, creates more visual impact than ever before.
All-new front and rear seats complemented by three new interior colourways, revised soft-touch premium surfaces, and the introduction of a new eight-inch touchscreen to Evoque’s interior architecture further increase the premium compact SUV’s wide-ranging appeal.
According to Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, the Range Rover Evoque first established and then dominated the luxury compact SUV sector generating worldwide acclaim and sales success.
“Our challenge has been to evolve the Evoque design without diluting its distinctive character,” McGovern said.
With revised specifications, and a comprehensive suite of desirable option packs, customers can specify the perfect Evoque to meet their lifestyle.
Available in both coupe and five-door body styles, Evoque’s bold and progressive design reaffirms its class-leading status for 2016.
“When Evoque debuted in 2011, it translated the LRX concept car’s radical design language to reality almost entirely unaltered. Four years on, Evoque’s leading-edge design retains its wow factor and continues to turn heads,” said Phil Simmons, Exterior Realisation Director, Land Rover.
“Our carefully considered design evolution, both outside and in, ensures Evoque’s status as a ground-breaking automotive design is safeguarded for years to come,” he said.
At the front of the vehicle, a new bumper creates a more muscular appearance and features significantly enlarged lower air intakes. New slimline LED fog lamps are repositioned from the middle to the top of the air intakes, creating a more streamlined appearance and further emphasising Evoque’s assertive road presence.
In South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa markets the current 2.2-litre SD4 turbo diesel engine will continue to be offered, paired with the unique-in-class nine-speed automatic transmission.
Land Rover has also developed two compact, lightweight and low-emissions four-cylinder turbocharged Ingenium engines for EU6 markets, optimised to meet stringent new emissions legislation. High-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components, stop-start technology, and smart regenerative charging maximise performance and environmental sustainability while significantly reducing running costs across the range.
The advanced new EU6 emissions compliant Ingenium diesel engines are under-going evaluation for local introduction as soon as practical.
“A process of continual powertrain development means Evoques supplied with the new Land Rover-developed Ingenium engines make Evoque 18 per cent more efficient than at launch in 2011,” said Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes.
“All Evoque engines,” he said, “are designed to be incredibly refined, potent and fuel efficient on-road, but they are also engineered to complement Land Rover’s class-leading off-road capability. Land Rover’s incredibly punishing test schedule ensures that they do.”
The Evoque will be available with Land Rover’s 2.2-litre TD4 turbo diesel engine, with outputs of 140kW and 420Nm. Alternatively, buyers can specify the Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine. Both engine derivatives are mater, as standard, to a four-wheel drive system and an advanced ZF nine-speed automatic transmission.
The all-aluminium four-cylinder Si4 engine features an advanced low-inertia turbocharger, high-pressure direct fuel injection and twin independent variable-valve timing, while twin balancer shafts maximise refinement.
A suite of advanced infotainment and driver-assistance systems keep Evoque at the cutting-edge of technological innovation.
In-Control Touch provides easy and intuitive access to infotainment functions via an all-new eight-inch touchscreen, while satellite-navigation with voice recognition increases convenience yet further.
Elsewhere, new driver-assistance and consumer-centric features debut: Autonomous Emergency Braking, Attention Assist Estimation, Lane-Keeping Assist, All-Terrain Progress Control and a Hands-Free Tailgate.
“Technology is an essential part of every Evoque customer’s lifestyle,” said Danella Bagnall, Vehicle Line Director, Evoque.