It is totally British, it is beautiful, it is 2016 model year and it is here! If you have read the last publication, then you'll already know that I am talking about the brand new 2016 Range Rover Evoque. This amazing vehicle is going to have its official premiere at the Geneva Motor Show and is set to have a market launch in the US this fall. The car has kept its distinctive appeal, powerful on road presence and captivating design, which in my opinion expresses true beauty.
Well, let's see what's new in the Evoque. Land Rover said that it has further refined the exterior in order to give it even more unique presence. In addition, absolutely new are the headlamps featuring LED adaptive technology. Other revisions include upgrades on the front bumper, grille, bigger alloys and more.
The new LEDs and wider tow-eye cover is a significant update to the design of the front and so are the two versions of the grille. The standard one is characterized by two horizontal bars and a new pattern. The second design includes hexagonal shape and more impressive mesh.
Only the five-door HSE Dynamic and Autobiography trims get the new hood vents. At the back, we see refined tailgate spoiler which adds wider, but at the same time slimmer LED rear brake lights.
Changes can be also seen inside and they include new seats and door casings, the infotainment system is fitted with the eight-inch touchscreen and there are some changes to the materials used for the interior elements. As a standard the vehicles will come with leather Ebony seats, while the top-of-the-range trim will feature massage function for the front seats.
Unfortunately, the 2016 Evoque will be offered with only one gazoline unit, which produces 240 horsepower (176 kW).
The engine can accelerate the car from 0 to 62mph (0-100km/h) in 7.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 135mph (217km/h). If you wonder about the fuel economy – it is 30mpg/highway.
Going next to the technology additions, the new Evoque features eight-inch InControl Touch touchscreen infotainment system, eight-speaker stereo system and optional rear-seat entertainment system coming with two eight-inch video screens and wireless digital headphones. Convenience is further enhanced by the Gesture Tailgate function, which allows owners to automatically manage the tailgate by pointing a foot beneath the rear bumper.
The new SUV will be offered in four trim levels including the SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic and the flagship Autobiography. We are not sure about the precise release price of the vehicle but it is said to be announced near launch and to be comparable with the model currently on sale.
So in other words there aren't big changes to the model, despite my expectations and wishes. This is rather a facelift than a true new dramatic design. Just remember how the Civic hatch was changed in 2006 and you'll know what I am talking about. Land Rover is obviously playing it safe and keeping what's trendy. I love how the Evoque looks, but next time the ultimate British brand must do something that would really impress us!
Source: Land Rover