2014 Range Rover Evoque tackles urban off-roadingTue, 24 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700
The 2014 Range Rover Evoque went undercover in Frankfurt, picking up VIPs and taking them on a surprise urban off-roading adventure. Hidden cameras were there to catch the whole thing.
It may have been a marketing ploy for Land Rover, but we think it worked. Not only was it effective in showing off the contemporary style of the Evoque, but it also showcased the Land Rover's surprising all-terrain performance.
The unconventional road route featured a series of obstacles that few ordinary cars could combat. Steep gradients, inclines left and right, and loose surfaces were just some among many driving hazards.
The updated 2014 model year Evoque features more enhanced technology, including a ZF-9HP automatic transmission (replacing the old six-speed ZF unit) and an “on-demand” active all-wheel drive system.
The driveline operates in front-wheel drive mode during steady state driving above 22 mph. The new system is also able to activate four-wheel drive in milliseconds when necessary.
Torque vectoring braking is also a new feature in the 2014 model, available on all versions of the Evoque. It works by redirecting torque among the four wheels to counteract understeer.
The Evoque will also be equipped with Park Exit Control. This advanced system allows the car to automatically exit a parallel parking spot autonomously.
The 2014 Evoque will also get a bit of a cosmetic makeover, with new paint and wheel options added to the list of new features.
By Natalie Sejnost