2016 Range Rover Evoque
The Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner and that means a plethora of car releases. This time it’s the turn of the new 2016 model Range Rover Evoque. When the Evoque launched back in 2011, even Land Rover surely couldn’t have imagined the incredible success its coupe-SUV would become. Over 400,000 Evoques have sold around the world in the last four years, which is why the 2015’s facelift maybe a little on the subtle side. But that’s not to say the upgrade isn’t very neat.
Pushing the boundaries upon release, the aesthetics have always been loved by most, as such the exterior changes are minimal. The 2016 Evoque gets everything you’d expect with a new front bumper and grille, all-LED adaptive headlights and a fresh spoiler, all of which combine to retain its concept-car-made-real vibe.
When it comes to the inside, the interior is as pristine as you’d expect from a Range Rover and owners can choose from up to 12 interior colourways in typical high end fashion. There really is nothing to every grumble about when you step inside a Range Rover Evoque and we expect it to be just as good as ever.
The biggest change is under the bonnet, where, for the first time, the Evoque gets a new Jaguar Land Rover ‘Ingenium‘ modular engine offering improved economy and emissions. The facelifted car will be offered with the choice of two 2.0-litre Ingenium turbodiesels, developing 148bhp or 177bhp.
In front-wheel drive module, the former officially returns 68mpg and 109g/km of CO2. According to Land Rover, that makes the 2016 Evoque the cleanest car in its class. The Evoque also retains its range-topping, non-Ingenium ‘SI4’ turbo petrol engine, which makes 237bhp and will get you from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds. Not too shabby at all, but we are still lacking a serious ‘sports’ model as we were with the current release. One to come we hope?
The 2016 model year Evoque is all about the safety and therefore naturally has an array of safety features. Most notably is the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which, Range Rover say, prevents or greatly reduces the severity of accidents in the event of the driver failing to take preventative action. Using an advanced forward-facing stereo digital camera, the system can identify potential hazards ahead. If a collision risk is detected, the driver is alerted by visual and audible prompts and, if the driver fails to take evasive action, the system helps to avoid collisions below 32mph (50km/h) and reduces the severity of an impact at speeds below 50mph, (80km/h).
There’s no word on pricing yet but we’re told it’s going to be around the same as the old model. More details are expected when the Geneva Motor Show gets under way in a couple of weeks. Whilst this is very much a ‘why try and fix something that isn’t broke‘ we do hope some of the new Range Rover technology heads over from the chassis. Reducing that body roll will be key to taking the all new 2016 Range Rover Evoque to the elite level it deserves.