Tata Motors owned British SUV maker Land Rover, has just unveiled the 2015 Range Rover Evoque Facelift. A hugely successful vehicle for the brand, the Evoque luxury crossover, along with the Freelander2 SUV, set record after record at the hustings. The facelifted version of the Evoque stays true to the edgy design of the original, albeit with new bits that emphasize on the refreshed model’s newness. The chief design changes include the headlamps, which now go full-LED, a re-profiled front bumper and a new grille. Hood scoops are now standard on the Autobiography and HSE Dynamic variants of the five door Evoque, while the alloy wheels get a design revamp.
In terms of mechanical changes, the Ford/Peugeot derived 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine is replaced by all aluminium-four banger from the Ingenium range. The Ingenium engine, developed in-house, is rated at two outputs – 148 Bhp and 177 Bhp, with torque on both tunes expected to top the 400 Nm mark. The 9 speed automatic transmission is available on both the 2 liter-4 cylinder Ford derived EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine (236 Bhp-340 Nm) and the Ingenium diesel. The crossover will continue to be sold with front wheel drive and all wheel drive modes, depending on the variant chosen.
Land Rover claims that the Evoque Diesel will be 18 % more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. In terms of changes on the inside, the luxury crossover’s refreshed, 2016 version gains new seats and revised interior trim. A 11/17 speaker Meridian stereo with InControl touch screen infotainment system with the option of syncing with smartphone screens is now available. In terms of safety equipment, the 2016 Evoque gains Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane-Keeping Assist, Attention Assist Estimation and Collision Warning systems. ABS+EBD, airbags, ESP and hill hold assist and hill descent control features are standard fare.
Land Rover estimates that the facelifted crossover will be priced similar to the outgoing variant. Currently, the SUV marque imports the Evoque into India as a completely built unit. However, plans for CKD assembly at Jaguar-Land Rover’s Chikhli assembly unit, near Pune, are afoot. CKD assembly is likely to start with the facelifted version, which is expected to arrive into India by the end of this year. CKD assembly has the potential to drive down prices of this crossover, making it more attractively priced in comparison to the competition, in this case the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3, two SUVs that are assembled in India.