Land Rover just did something that most people would have thought to be impossible; they have given the Evoque a facelift. Since its reveal in 2011 the Evoque has been the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time, accounting for a total of more than 400,000 units sold worldwide. So Land Rover was very careful not to spoil the looks for the facelift.
The changes are very subtle but Land Rover claims that they create “more visual impact than ever before” to the already stunning Evoque. The front bumper with taller side intakes and grille is all-new, and the graphics on the lights are different too.
Speaking about lights, the Evoque is the first Jaguar Land Rover vehicle to feature full-LED adaptive headlamp technology. Apart from that, bonnet vents are now available on selected five-door models, and three new alloy wheel designs are also introduced, to go with the choice of either Standard or Dynamic body kit. You might also notice that weird looking twin fins in the middle of the rear spoiler; they’re actually the optional 3G antenna and designed as such for optimum signal reception while on the move.
Land Rover didn’t mess much with the interior either. The cabin gets a redesigned instrument binnacle, new seats and door casings, and a new eight-inch InControl Touch touchscreen infotainment system. A massage function for the front seats are also available as option. Other than that it’s the same Evoque interior with that familiar rising souffle transmission selector.
However, the update under the bonnet is quite significant. The Evoque receives the new all-aluminium Ingenium TD4 engine with two power outputs: 148 hp, and 178 hp. Not only the new Ingenium TD4 weighs around 20-30 kg lighter than the outgoing TD4 unit, it’s cleaner and can do up to 4.2 l/100 km.
For those who prefer their Evoques powered by a petrol engine, there’s the Si4 with 237 hp that can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 217 km/h.
Keeping the Evoque safe is a host of driver assistance system. This includes All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), Lane-Keeping Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), and Attention Assist Estimation that warns the driver when drowsiness is detected.
The facelifted Evoque will debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, and deliveries will commence in August 2015.