Range Rover Evoque – engine & model detail press releaseWed, 22 Sep 2010
Range Rover Evoque full model and engine detail press release below
THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
– THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, MOST FUEL-EFFICIENT RANGE ROVER EVER PRODUCED
Paris, France 30th September 2010 – The groundbreaking, all-new Range Rover Evoque makes its global public debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “These are exciting times for our business as we continue to widen our portfolio with this all-new addition to the Range Rover line-up. Not only will the Range Rover Evoque increase our worldwide market share, but it demonstrates our commitment to building sustainable, yet highly desirable products.”
Dr Speth continued: “The Evoque helps to define a new segment for premium compact SUVs that are more sporting and stylish. It makes a strong statement about the future direction of the Range Rover brand and will have a powerful emotional appeal to a very broad range of premium car buyers.
The Range Rover Evoque has turned the much-acclaimed LRX concept car into reality, faithfully capturing the spirit of its landmark cross-coupé design.
True to the Range Rover brand, the Evoque effortlessly delivers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury and performance, but shrink-wrapped into a more compact package.
The lightest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever, the Evoque demonstrates the marque’s commitment to environmental sustainability, bringing sub-130g/km* CO2 capability to the premium SUV class.
Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover, said: “The groundbreaking, all-new Range Rover Evoque takes the brand into exciting new territory. Highly relevant and contemporary, the Evoque will appeal to a whole new group of customers who may not have considered a Range Rover before.
“For this highly distinctive product, we have chosen a distinctive name. The all-new Range Rover Evoque will be sold in over 160 countries worldwide and its name will be instantly recognisable across language and cultural boundaries throughout the world. Evoque implies exclusivity and arouses emotions, and has a sophisticated aura that matches the car’s urban elegance,” he added.
Dr Speth continued: “This vehicle has been designed, engineered and will be manufactured in the UK, allowing the creation of more than 1,000 jobs at our multi award-winning Halewood plant in Merseyside. This employment boost, paired with the fact that over 80 per cent of Range Rover Evoque production is planned for export, will be a fantastic support to the UK economy.”
Evolution of Range Rover design
The all-new Range Rover Evoque takes its inspiration directly from the LRX concept car, which drew worldwide acclaim for its exciting new interpretation of classic Range Rover design cues.
Smart design in conjunction with meticulous engineering allowed the spirit of the LRX concept to be turned into reality without compromising the core Range Rover values of interior luxury, refined performance and all-terrain capability.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director, said: “The Range Rover Evoque marks a bold evolution of Range Rover design by adopting new interpretations of classic Range Rover design cues and staying true to the core Range Rover values.
“With its dramatic rising beltline, a muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and a distinctive taper to the floating roofline, the Evoque adopts a very dynamic profile with a powerful and athletic stance.”
Pushing the wheels out to the four corners helps give the car its purposeful stance. The wheelarches are wide, but softly integrated into the body, while the carefully sculpted corners dramatically reduce the car’s visual overhangs front and rear.
Impeccably crafted luxury interior
Beneath its dramatic exterior, the Range Rover Evoque provides customers with an impeccably crafted luxury cabin, incorporating the premium quality materials and elegant design expected of a Range Rover interior.
Gerry McGovern continued: “The strong, simple architecture of the cabin is evident with the bold intersection between the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the powerful vertical lines of the centre console.”
Uniquely in the compact SUV segment, the Evoque allows customers to specify a lavishly appointed cabin, with soft, premium leather and beautifully tailored, twin-needle stitching providing a luxurious finish to almost every surface of the instrument panel, doors and seats.
In bold contrast to the comforting aroma and supple feel of natural hides, authentic metal finishes provide a series of striking highlights. Cold to the touch and exquisitely crafted, the metal finishes are a tactile and visual reminder of the superior interior quality.
The instrument cluster, housed beneath a compact curved binnacle, adds to the sporty, premium feel of the interior. The twin dials have an attractive, three-dimensional form with chunky, illuminated chaplets and needles, and are set deep in circular housings finished with bright chrome rims.
Total comfort and practicality
The driver adopts a lower seating position than in one of the larger Range Rovers, offering a more sporting feel but retaining the important Command Driving Position. The result is more generous headroom than is traditionally found in many sporting saloons, despite the low-profile coupé roofline.
Drivers who take their Range Rover Evoque off-road will be reassured to know that in addition to extremely generous ground clearance, the car has a significantly better breakover angle, approach angle and departure angle than other premium compact SUVs.
Dynamic handling and effortless, refined performance
Land Rover engineers have developed the Range Rover Evoque to provide customers with a polished driving experience that combines dynamic and sporty handling with responsive, effortless performance and refinement.
Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover programmes, said: “We’ve tuned the Evoque’s chassis and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) to deliver precise and responsive steering at lower speeds, making the car nimble and fun to drive in the city. As the Evoque is lighter, with a compact footprint, it reacts quickly and positively to driver inputs at higher speeds, ensuring that enthusiastic drivers are offered the agility they want from a car.”
This engaging and sporting character has not been achieved at the expense of harshness or poor comfort and refinement. Adaptive Dynamics uses advanced MagneRide™ dampers which provide a particularly good balance of confident, nimble handling and supple, controlled ride. The suspension delivers even tighter body control, with flatter handling and sharper responses.
As a true Range Rover, the Evoque delivers the all-weather, all-surface capability that is a hallmark of the brand. In common with its larger siblings, the new model provides formidable all-terrain potential, enhanced by the latest version of the company’s signature Terrain ResponseTM system.
The Evoque will be the first Range Rover to offer customers a choice between the standard, full-time, intelligent, four-wheel-drive system, which delivers outstanding performance and traction on all surfaces, and a low-carbon, two-wheel-drive option for further enhanced fuel economy.
The turbocharged powertrain line-up offers smooth and responsive performance. Customers can choose from the comprehensively updated 2.2-litre turbodiesel with 190PS or 150PS derivatives. The four-wheel-drive version combined with the 150PS 2.2-litre will offer up to an impressive 50mpg* and 145g/km* CO2. The state-of-the-art new 240PS, 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing for exceptional driveability and fuel efficiency.
Murray Dietsch continued: “The state-of-the-art, four-cylinder, turbocharged engines combine six-cylinder refinement and performance with fuel economy figures of up to 58mpg* and emissions of sub 130g/km* CO2. These impressive figures have been achieved by the product development team’s commitment to delivering a compact and weight-efficient product, with no compromise on durability and robustness.”
Serious about sustainability
The Range Rover Evoque sends a powerful message that the brand is determined to deliver relevant new products that are not only desirable, but also significantly more sustainable.
The new car’s greener credentials stem from a comprehensive approach to reducing its environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle, from development and manufacturing, through to customer use and end-of-life recycling.
While the Evoque offers the premium luxury and performance customers expect from a Range Rover, it also demonstrates levels of efficiency and responsible design that make it one of the most sustainable cars in its class.
Key product innovations that drive its green performance include:
The result is a Range Rover that sets new standards in the premium compact SUV segment for fuel economy and CO2 emissions, with the two-wheel-drive diesel capable of an exceptional sub 130g/km* CO2.
Land Rover designers and engineers have developed a host of distinctive and innovative features, to ensure the Range Rover Evoque stands out from the crowd.
Lighting plays a big part in the Evoque’s distinctive appeal. First to catch the eye is the powerful signature graphic in the front running lights, created by innovative LED light-blade technology. A similar graphic is repeated in the LED rear lights, with their jewel-like 3D petal design.
Approach the car at night and you will also see a bold vehicle graphic alongside the front doors, illuminated by the ‘puddle lights’ that shine from the mirrors.
More special touches greet you when you enter the car. The interior displays come to life with a choreographed animated start-up sequence, while the rotary auto shifter completes the ‘greeting’ as it rises silently into the driver’s hand.
LED ambient lighting provides sophisticated and precise illumination within the cabin; a range of colours can be chosen by the driver to suit their mood. Select Dynamic mode, however, and a sporting red colour scheme fills the interior as well as the instrument dials and cluster display.
Completing the range of features, the first panoramic roof ever fitted to a Range Rover can be specified, providing an all-round vista which helps to make every journey a special occasion.
There are three main vehicle design themes, each of which has its own distinctive character, exterior treatment and carefully co-ordinated interior package. The three themes are:
Packed with premium technologies
The Evoque benefits from the same comprehensive selection of the latest technologies as the larger Range Rovers, in terms of controls, connectivity, comfort and convenience for all occupants
From the driving wheel, the Range Rover Evoque is distinguished by a carefully conceived system of controls and displays that combines a stylish, uncluttered layout, state-of-the-art functionality and class-leading ease of use.
At the heart of the control system is Range Rover’s much-acclaimed, eight-inch, high-definition touch-screen display with its crisp graphics and simple, intuitive menu structure. The display is available with the innovative dual-view technology, so that driver and passenger can view completely independent content.
Tech-savvy customers get the connectivity they demand with a comprehensive package that includes Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone use and audio streaming, plus a range of USB and auxiliary inputs for iPods and other portable devices.
The Evoque is the first Range Rover to offer breathtaking new sound systems developed in partnership with the high-end audio specialist Meridian. The premium Meridian offering is an 825W, 17-speaker system that delivers the ultimate in surround-sound performance.
Other features available to Range Rover Evoque customers include:
Sold in 160 markets worldwide from summer 2011
The Range Rover Evoque will be manufactured in the multi award-winning plant at Halewood in Merseyside, UK. The car has been engineered for all global markets, and will go on sale in more than 160 countries worldwide from summer 2011.
Phil Popham said: “The launch of the Range Rover Evoque is a significant step forward for the Range Rover brand. This groundbreaking car brings new excitement and relevance to the marque, but remains true to the values of premium luxury and performance that have made Range Rover such an enduring success story over the past 40 years.”
1. GROUNDBREAKING DESIGN
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has turned the LRX concept into reality, marking a bold evolution of Range Rover design, and providing customers with a compact, premium and highly desirable SUV.
A groundbreaking and original cross-coupé, the Evoque captures – almost to the millimetre – the stunning design of the LRX concept. With its cutting edge lines and sporty, dynamic profile, the Range Rover Evoque creates a new segment for a premium off-road coupé.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director said: “The incredibly positive worldwide reception for the LRX concept in 2008 made us determined to develop a production car which captured the same exciting spirit. Starting with the concept, however, and trying to turn it into a practical and desirable production reality, was a tremendous challenge for our designers and engineers, but one which they embraced with impressive energy and passion.”
Classic Range Rover design cues, with a bold new interpretation
The Evoque’s bold exterior features exciting new interpretations of classic Range Rover design cues, including the signature clamshell bonnet, the floating roof and the solid ‘wheel-at-each-corner’ stance.
Unlike any previous Range Rover, the Evoque adopts a very dynamic profile with its dramatic rising beltline, a muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and a distinctive taper to the floating roofline. The bold design graphic created by the exaggerated wedge of the window line is emphasised by the black pillars.
Pushing the wheels out to the four corners helps give the car its purposeful stance; the wheelarches are wide, but softly integrated into the body. The carefully sculpted corners dramatically reduce the car’s visual overhangs front and rear.
The front-end design makes a powerful statement of Range Rover’s identity with the bold horizontal graphic created by the perforated two-bar grille and distinctive headlamps.
The stylish body exudes a strong sense of premium quality with its precise, tight shut-lines, striking details like the bonnet vents and side vents, and the jewel-like quality of the slim front and rear lamps with their LED signature lighting and tapering blade indicator clusters.
“The execution of the design will provoke a strong emotional reaction. Its unique style will attract a new generation of Range Rover customers who have never considered an SUV before, such as premium coupé buyers who would like to make a bold new statement,” added McGovern.
Modern and sporting premium interior
The Evoque’s interior takes the strong, clean architecture and premium quality materials of a traditional Range Rover, and applies them in a more contemporary and sporting fashion.
As in larger Range Rovers, the centrepiece of the cabin is the bold intersection between the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the powerful vertical lines of the centre console.
Designers have also taken inspiration from the stylish forms of the LRX concept interior, capturing the dramatic slope of the centre console and the pure, elegant lines of the instrument panel. The design retains the concept’s distinctive stowage area beneath the sloping console, the open structure echoing the themes of lightness and efficiency found elsewhere in the car.
The exquisite quality and craftsmanship of the materials is highlighted by the very contemporary, clean treatment of the interior surfaces, including the flush treatment of the air vents and horizontal roller shutter in the centre console.
Housed under a compact curved binnacle, the instrument cluster enhances the sporting, premium feel of the interior. The twin dials have an expressive three dimensional form with chunky illuminated chaplets and needles, and are set deep in sporty circular housings finished with bright chrome rims.
An optional full glass fixed panoramic roof enhances the sense of room and freedom within the deceptively spacious cabin, flooding the interior with natural light.
Gerry McGovern explained: “The luxurious, contemporary feel to the cabin is the perfect complement to the concept car exterior. The exquisite materials and craftsmanship, and the pure, elegant design, tell you that this is a true Range Rover interior, but one with a more sporting flavour.”
Range Rover craftsmanship, and Range Rover materials
The Evoque delivers Range Rover levels of quality and craftsmanship in every detail of the car. Particular attention has been given to selecting only the best, premium quality materials, and applying those materials with impeccable taste and care.
Perhaps the most visible example is the luxurious wrapped finish of the upper instrument panel. High series models use premium Windsor leather – beautifully soft high-grade hides which have been hand-picked for their exceptional touch and appearance – impeccably hand-finished with twin-needle stitching.
The fascia mid-section is also leather wrapped; this, together with the lavish leather trim on the door panels and seats, creates the ultimate luxury ambience. In total, over 10m2 of leather – equivalent to more than three full hides – is required to complete each vehicle. Every aspect of the stitching, even down to the size and shape of the needle, is also specified by Range Rover experts, to guarantee an immaculate finish, every time.
Even on models where leather is not specified, the instrument panel is still wrapped with a premium quality, soft-touch textured material with twin-needle stitching, for a sumptuous interior experience.
In bold contrast to the opulent leather and soft-touch surfaces, strong visual highlights are provided by authentic metal finishes on the horizontal strip on the fascia, the surrounds to the vent controls, and the striking curved elements each side of the centre console. Cold to the touch and exquisitely crafted, the metal finishes are a tactile and visual reminder of the superior interior quality.
The fastidious attention to detail in every facet of the Range Rover Evoque’s construction can also be illustrated by the thousands of man hours spent finessing the way that all visible parts fit together, ensuring an impeccable quality and consistency of finish.
Turning the LRX Concept into reality
The Range Rover Evoque is completely faithful to the style of the stunning LRX Concept, capturing its design almost to the millimetre.
During the development process, maintaining the integrity of the LRX design was given the highest priority, and led to the adoption of new technologies and smart engineering solutions to maintain the concept car appearance.
Some of the features that helped to preserve the LRX Concept design include:
Groundbreaking design with total comfort and practicality
The vehicle package successfully provides a unique blend of coupé styling and capable off-road geometry and ground clearance. The interior offers excellent accommodation for passengers and luggage, while retaining the core elements of the classic Range Rover Command Driving Position.
Gerry McGovern said: “The Range Rover Evoque really does give you the best of both worlds – concept car looks combined with day-to-day comfort and practicality. From its deceptively spacious cabin to its deep, accommodating trunk, this is a car which is ideally suited to our customers’ busy and active lifestyles.”
Sitting slightly lower than in one of the larger Range Rovers, the driver adopts a Sports Command Driving Position, which offers a more sporting feel but retains the important sensation of control and command. The result is more generous headroom than traditionally found in many sporting saloons, despite the low profile coupé roofline.
Drivers who take their Range Rover Evoque off-road will be reassured to know that in addition to extremely generous ground clearance, the car has significantly better breakover angle, approach angle and departure angle than other premium SUVs.
2. PREMIUM DRIVING EXPERIENCE
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has been designed and engineered to provide drivers with a finely judged balance of sporting driving dynamics, responsive performance and sophisticated refinement.
This polished driving experience is true to the values of the Range Rover brand, but adds a more dynamic and sporting character which is consistent with the exciting promise of the Evoque’s bold, concept car design.
David Mitchell, Chief Programme Engineer, explained: “Market research indicates that the more youthful target customers for this car favour a more sporting driving character. This has encouraged us to deliver driving dynamics with a more engaging and connected feel, without losing the poise and refinement which is an important characteristic of the Range Rover brand.”
Engaging and sporty driving dynamics
Achieving the desired dynamic character in the Evoque required an evolution of the Range Rover DNA. Starting with the driving dynamics of the Range Rover Sport, which has a similar DNA to a luxury sports saloon, Range Rover dynamics specialists set out to deliver a more agile and connected drive.
Particular objectives were to increase steering precision and agility at lower speeds, so that the car was more responsive and fun-to-drive in typical urban driving conditions.
While the Evoque’s lighter weight, more compact footprint and lower centre of gravity helped to achieve a more agile character, key engineering changes were required to deliver the required responses.
Range Rover engineers initially focused on optimising the stiffness of the chassis systems and body structure, followed by meticulous tuning of the suspension components and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) system.
Starting with the fully independent suspension – featuring long-travel coil-sprung struts front and rear – revised rear suspension geometry was adopted to raise the rear roll centre.
The variable-ratio speed-sensitive EPAS system was tuned for immediate responses around the straight-ahead position, and a precise, linear character. To enhance the precision and feedback, the steering rack is solidly mounted on the front subframe.
Although these changes delivered greater agility, the Evoque has handling responses which remain flattering and predictable, without any nervous reactions.
To make sure the Evoque retained the poise and stability which is typical of long-travel Range Rover suspension systems, engineers tuned the car to retain the same comfortable yet connected ride of the Range Rover Sport, with excellent control of body motions and low levels of body roll.
This meticulous tuning of suspension bushes and spring and damper rates has ensured the Evoque’s more sporting character has not compromised comfort and refinement.
Range Rover Evoque customers have the opportunity to specify a state-of-the-art new Adaptive Dynamics feature which uses advanced MagneRide™ continuously variable dampers.
With the MagneRide™ dampers – which are more typically fitted to high performance sports cars – the Adaptive Dynamics system provides an optimum balance between confident, nimble handling and a supple, well-controlled ride.
MagneRide™ dampers offer infinitely variable damper settings between soft (comfort) and hard (sports) extremes, and operate by using a special damping fluid which contains magnetic particles. When subjected to a magnetic field, the fluid becomes more viscous, thus increasing the damping.
Compared to a conventional valve-based continuously variable damper, MagneRide™ can change damper settings much more quickly and has a wider operating range, delivering more stable and confident dynamics.
The Adaptive Dynamics system monitors vehicle movements at least 1000 times/second*, reacting to driver or road inputs virtually instantaneously to give greater control and minimise body roll, providing a balanced, flat ride. The system will even sense off-road conditions, and optimise damping accordingly.
Drivers can also select a Dynamic Mode via the Terrain ResponseTM system, which modifies the damper settings to deliver even tighter body control, with flatter handling and sharper responses.
All-weather, all-surface capability
Like a true Range Rover, the Evoque delivers the all-weather, all-surface capability which is a hallmark of the brand. In common with its larger siblings, the new model provides formidable off-road potential, which is enhanced by the company’s signature Terrain ResponseTM system.
The standard four-wheel-drive transmission is an innovative full-time intelligent system which continuously varies the front/rear torque split using an electronically-controlled Haldex centre coupling to deliver optimum grip and balance for the current driving conditions.
The Haldex coupling has been specially calibrated to suit the Evoque’s nimble and responsive dynamic character, and to ensure it delivers a fun-to-drive experience at all speeds.
For customers who do not require Range Rover’s legendary all-terrain capability, a two-wheel-drive model is available which delivers even better fuel consumption. The two-wheel-drive system has been carefully optimised to offer the same agile and fun-to-drive handling as the four-wheel-drive model.
Responsive all-turbocharged powertrain line-up
The Range Rover Evoque has an all-turbocharged engine line-up with a choice of state-of-the-art petrol and diesel power units. Both petrol and diesel powertrains are impressively refined, delivering strong, torquey performance with ample power in reserve.
These advanced engines are hushed and relaxed when cruising at speed, but are tuned to deliver an enjoyable, sporty note during more spirited driving. The engines are twinned with sophisticated and efficient six-speed transmissions – automatic only for the petrol engine, and automatic or manual for the diesel.
240PS 2.0-litre Si4 Petrol Engine
Petrol models feature the state-of-the-art new downsized 240PS 2.0-litre Si4 engine, which combines six-cylinder refinement and performance with four-cylinder fuel economy.
The latest powertrain technologies – including advanced turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and twin variable valve timing – are combined to provide outstanding driveability, with very strong bottom-end performance and an extremely broad, torquey power band.
The Si4’s highly efficient combustion system enables it to achieve significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: the downsized 2.0-litre unit cuts CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent* compared to traditional larger capacity petrol engines of the same power.
The compact all-aluminium four-cylinder engine is also substantially lighter than conventional engines with a similar output. For example, the 240PS 2.0-litre Si4 unit weighs around 40kg* less than Land Rover’s 233PS 3.2-litre i6 engine.
Other key engine technologies include a Mahle sound generator for a rich, powerful engine note during strong acceleration, a unique fabricated sheet metal exhaust manifold (for quicker warm-up and lower emissions), optimised low-friction design with special treatments for the piston rings and tappets, and a state-of-the-art electronic management system.
Twin balancer shafts and an optimised all-alloy engine construction ensure superior refinement with smooth, sophisticated performance.
190PS/150PS 2.2-litre Turbodiesel
Diesel Evoque models feature the latest 2.2-litre turbodiesel, available in 190PS (SD4), 150PS (TD4) and high-economy 150PS (eD4) derivatives, which delivers an excellent balance of strong, high-torque performance, impressive refinement and outstanding fuel economy.
The 2.2 turbodiesel range has been comprehensively updated to provide significantly more power, a very broad torque curve, further reduced noise levels and lower CO2 emissions. Over 60 per cent* of components are either all-new or significantly modified.
The sophisticated power unit engine features high-pressure common-rail fuel injection with piezoelectric injectors, a variable nozzle turbine (VNT) turbocharger, a variable swirl system and an uprated engine management system for optimum combustion efficiency.
Very low noise levels and impressive smoothness are achieved through technologies like a double-walled cylinder block and twin balancer shafts.
Innovations introduced in the latest version include new low-noise injectors, a water cooled turbo for improved performance, reduced piston friction for optimised efficiency, new EGR system for lower particulates, lighter engine components, faster glow plug operation, and enhanced NVH measures.
Cars with a manual transmission feature a stop-start function to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by a further eight per cent*.
Paired with its M66 six-speed manual transmission, the SD4 version also achieves outstanding fuel economy and CO2 emissions, with a CO2 output of 149g/km*.
For the ultimate in low carbon performance, customers can specify a two-wheel-drive manual car with the high-economy eD4 variant of the engine, to deliver a class-leading sub 130g/km* CO2.
Refined and harmonious sound quality
Range Rover engineers have applied meticulous attention to detail to ensure that the Evoque displays a refined and harmonious sound quality under all driving conditions.
Innovative technologies, including advanced computer simulations and painstaking optimisation using state-of-the-art analysis tools like sophisticated acoustic cameras, have been used to identify and remove all undesirable sounds.
The advanced turbocharged petrol and diesel power units are both inherently quiet and smooth, but further careful optimisation of the engine installations has made it possible to reduce powertrain sound levels to best-in-class levels. All sources of unwanted noise have been isolated or eliminated, resulting in a refined sound quality across the full operating range.
Wind noise has been minimised through analysis with computational fluid dynamics, and exhaustive wind tunnel tests. Key areas, such as the shape of the A-pillar and door mirrors, were optimised very early in the development process.
A special acoustic windscreen lamination, as used on the larger Range Rovers, further reduces wind noise and also helps to eliminate high-frequency combustion noise.
Road noise in the Evoque has been comprehensively managed through the use of stiff, lightweight alloy suspension components, along with carefully optimised bushes. These features work in conjunction with extremely stiff suspension attachment points within the bodyshell and accurately applied sprayed insulation material, to further minimise NVH.
All other operating sounds within the car, from door closing sounds to the noises made by switches and motors, have been analysed and refined during the development process to create a harmonious and premium sound quality for all occupants.
David Mitchell said: “It was critical that the Range Rover Evoque met the same standards of refinement as the larger models in the line-up. When drivers experience the new model, they will recognise the characteristic Range Rover qualities of relaxed and effortless performance and the tranquil interior environment.”
3. SUSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE
The all-new Range Rover Evoque sends a powerful message that the company is serious about sustainability, and determined to deliver products which are both relevant and highly desirable.
As a smaller, lighter and more efficient new Range Rover, the Evoque addresses the growing consumer need for more environmentally friendly vehicles.
While the Evoque offers the premium levels of luxury and performance customers expect from a new Range Rover, it also demonstrates the kind of efficiency and responsible design that make it one of the most sustainable cars in its class.
David Mitchell said: “The greener credentials of the Range Rover Evoque stem from a comprehensive approach to reducing its environmental impact, not just during customer use, but throughout the entire life-cycle of the car. This whole-life approach allows us consider the best ways of minimising the overall carbon footprint, taking account of development, manufacturing and end-of-life recycling, so that we can make the smartest, most sustainable decisions”
Smallest ever Range Rover
The first step in creating a more sustainable Range Rover was to make it smaller. Following the lead of the LRX concept, the Range Rover Evoque is the smallest Range Rover ever, packing the same level of luxury and technology but shrink-wrapped into a much more compact and efficient footprint.
Despite its imposing presence on the road, at 4,350mm long, the Evoque is a massive 430mm shorter than the Range Rover Sport, and with its dramatic coupé roofline, it sits over 180mm lower too. The efficiency of the Evoque’s footprint can also be demonstrated by comparing it in size to any typical medium saloon.
A smaller vehicle is a more sustainable vehicle, and the compact size of the Range Rover Evoque has helped engineers minimise its weight, improve aerodynamic performance and reduce the quantity of materials required to produce it.
The more efficient architecture also creates the opportunity to benefit from lightweight, downsized high-efficiency four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, leading not only to superior performance, but also to minimised fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
It is worth noting that the Evoque’s compact footprint has not been achieved at the expense of traditional Range Rover virtues. The car retains generous interior legroom and headroom, a very practical trunk, plus highly capable off-road geometry and ground clearance.
Advanced lightweight materials
Weight saving was a primary objective in the development of the Range Rover Evoque, and engineers have applied a range of advanced lightweight materials to make this the lightest Range Rover ever, with weights starting at just 1600kg*.
Reducing weight creates a virtuous circle, as lighter weight in one area of the car makes it possible to introduce lighter components in another, and so on. As the overall weight drops, performance improves and both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced.
Weight-saving technologies can be found throughout the bodyshell and chassis of the Range Rover Evoque, including:
Smaller weight savings have been achieved by smart engineering decisions in all areas of the car, ranging from a thinner windscreen with acoustic lamination and lighter weight alloy wheels, to lightweight laser-welded seat structures and optimised sprayed insulation materials.
Petrol cars benefit from the introduction of the all-new lightweight, downsized 240PS 2.0-litre Si4 engine, which weighs around 40kg* less than Land Rover’s i6 engine with a similar power output.
For the ultimate in weight saving, the two-wheel-drive Range Rover Evoque is 75kg* lighter than the four-wheel-drive version, and delivers superior fuel economy and CO2 emissions for customers who do not require four-wheel-drive all-terrain capability.
The state-of-the-art petrol and diesel engines featured in the Range Rover Evoque have been completely optimised using the latest powertrain technology to deliver outstanding fuel efficiency and minimised CO2 emissions.
The all-new lightweight, downsized 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine employs the latest generation of high pressure direct-injection technology, together with low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable valve timing, to create an exceptionally efficient combustion system.
Compared to conventional larger capacity engines with a similar power output, the new Si4 engine can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent*.
For diesel customers, the latest TD4 turbodiesel engine has been comprehensively updated to achieve reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, with 60 per cent* of components either all-new or significantly modified.
The new TD4 features high-pressure common-rail fuel injection with piezoelectric injectors, a variable nozzle turbocharger, a variable swirl system and an uprated engine management system for optimum combustion efficiency.
The high economy 150PS eD4 version has a completely recalibrated fuel injection system with reduced fuel flow rates for enhanced fuel efficiency.
On diesel cars with a manual transmission, the Evoque becomes the first Range Rover to offer a stop-start function, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by a further eight per cent*.
Automatic models benefit from the latest generation AW F-21 six speed transmission, which has been extensively revised to improve its operational efficiency, including gear train optimisation, advanced idle control, and the adoption of low viscosity transmission fluid.
Range Rover engineers have rigorously eliminated parasitic losses from every area of the Evoque, to ensure that the car delivers the lowest possible fuel consumption.
While much of the effort has focused on the drivetrain, significant improvements have been achieved throughout the car. Key areas of attention included:
The Evoque breaks new ground by being the first Range Rover to offer the option of
two-wheel-drive for customers who do not require the brand’s legendary all-terrain capability, but who wish to minimise their carbon footprint through further reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The availability of two-wheel-drive reinforces the green credentials of the Range Rover Evoque, and highlights the enhanced efficiency and responsible design that make it one of the most sustainable cars in its class.
Contributing an additional weight reduction of 75kg* and improving the overall driveline efficiency, the two-wheel-drive version enables the Range Rover Evoque to achieve class-leading CO2 emissions of sub 130g/km*.
The two-wheel-drive sub 130g/km* model features the high-economy eD4 150PS diesel engine, and provides diesel customers with a convincing alternative to hybrid competitors.
Maximising the use of sustainable materials
As part of the comprehensive effort to minimise the car’s ecological impact, the Range Rover Evoque has been designed to maximise the use of more sustainable materials.
Recycled materials have been used wherever possible. Each car uses 16kg* of recycled plastic material, diverting over 1,100* tonnes of plastic from landfill during the car’s lifetime.
Parts with recycled content include: headliner, seat covers, centre console, wheel arch liners, air cleaner, cooling fan and shroud, air ducting, side under trays, parcel shelf, engine cover and subwoofer box.
High quality natural and renewable materials, such as leather, cotton, cardboard and rubber, are used extensively, amounting to 21kg* of material in every vehicle. Key examples include the generous quantities of leather used on the seats, instrument panel and door casings, and natural materials used in the carpets and body insulation.
Some notable innovations in the use of recycled material include:
4. RANGE ROVER TECHNOLOGIES
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has been designed and engineered to provide customers with the same comprehensive range of premium technologies they expect from a true Range Rover, just shrink-wrapped into a more compact package.
To maximise control, comfort and enjoyment on board for the driver and passengers, the Evoque is packed with a host of desirable and intuitive technologies which are normally associated with much larger, more expensive models.
The unrivalled array of premium Range Rover equipment comprises the latest technologies for controls, connectivity, comfort and convenience, including some highly distinctive and original signature features plus stunning new high-end Meridian audio systems.
David Mitchell said: “The Evoque provides the complete Range Rover experience, but packaged into a smaller, more attainable car. Many of the new customers will be more youthful, tech-savvy buyers, whose expectations will be exceeded with the rich array of premium features that will make ownership a real pleasure.”
Smart, intuitive controls
From the driving wheel, the Range Rover Evoque is distinguished by a carefully conceived system of controls and displays which combines a stylish, uncluttered layout, state-of-the-art functionality and class-leading ease-of-use.
At the heart of the control system is Range Rover’s much acclaimed eight-inch high-definition touch-screen display with its crisp, elegant graphics and simple, highly intuitive menu structure.
The large eight-inch touch-screen provides the primary control and display system for a wide range of features including audio, video, navigation and phone. The screen graphics have been precisely honed, giving the impression of three-dimensional buttons, beautifully lit with subtle chrome detailing.
With fewer rows of information, the latest generation of the display has been designed for improved usability with bigger buttons and greater separation. Simple hard keys on either side of the display provide convenient short-cuts to the most commonly used screens, such as Home, Audio/Video, Nav and Phone.
The eight-inch display can also be specified with the innovative Dual View technology. This enables the driver and front passenger to view completely independent content, so that, for example, the passenger can watch a DVD while the driver follows route navigation instructions.
Complementing the touch-screen, a full colour five-inch display between the two instrument dials presents the primary vehicle-related information, such as temperature and fuel levels, gear position, Terrain ResponseTM mode, and cruise control/hill descent information.
Other highly intuitive controls include the simplified HVAC dials, twin five-way toggle switches on the steering wheel, and a highly sophisticated voice control system which provides ‘Say What You See’ prompts in the cluster display to help the driver input the required commands.
Tech-savvy customers will appreciate the capabilities of a comprehensive state-of-the-art connectivity package, which enables them to enjoy the benefits of a wide variety of portable devices and mobile phones while travelling in the car.
Hands-free mobile phone use is enabled by Bluetooth connectivity, which allows a compatible handset to communicate with the car’s in-built phone system. The phone can be controlled via the eight-inch touch-screen or the steering wheel controls, and the system automatically downloads the latest phonebook contacts, so that making a call is simple and safe.
The Range Rover Evoque also supports Bluetooth audio streaming, so that customers can enjoy music stored on their phone, or other portable Bluetooth device, via the car’s audio system.
Essential connectivity for iPods and other portable MP3 players or memory sticks is provided by a comprehensive range of inputs including a direct iPod connection, USB sockets and an auxiliary input. The primary iPod functions can be easily controlled through the eight-inch touch-screen display.
To complement the groundbreaking style of the exterior, Range Rover designers and engineers have made sure the Evoque has a host of other distinctive technologies which bring an added dash of cool to the ownership experience.
Lighting plays a big part in the Evoque’s special appeal. First to catch the eye is the powerful signature graphic in the front running lights, created by innovative LED light-blade technology. A similar graphic is repeated in the stunning LED rear lights, with their jewel-like three dimensional petal design.
Approach the car at night, and you will also see a bold vehicle graphic alongside the front doors, illuminated by the ‘puddle lights’ which shine from the mirrors.
More special touches greet you when you enter the car. The interior displays and ambient lighting come to life with a precisely-choreographed animated start-up sequence, featuring a series of sophisticated graphics. On automatic cars, the stylish solid aluminium rotary shifter completes the ‘greeting’ as it rises silently into the driver’s hand.
LED ambient lighting provides subtle and precise illumination within the cabin, with a range of colours which can be chosen by the driver to suit their mood. Select Dynamic mode, however, and a sporting red colour scheme fills the interior as well as in the instrument dials and cluster display.
To complete the range of sensations, the first panoramic roof ever fitted to a Range Rover can be specified, providing an all-round vista which helps to make every journey a special occasion.
The huge, unobstructed glass panel has a stylish dark tint, with a special surface treatment to offer a high degree of solar protection. When additional shade or privacy is required, an electric fabric sun blind with a solar reflective coating can be extended across the full surface of the roof.
Ultimate listening and viewing pleasure
For the audiophile, the Evoque is the first Range Rover to offer breathtaking new sound systems developed in partnership with the specialists Meridian, a world leader in audio technologies and digital sound processing.
This level of Meridian audio technology is exclusive to the next generation of Range Rovers, and promises sound quality which equals the company’s high-end home systems.
The Evoque is available with two high end Meridian sound systems. A powerful 380W 11-speaker arrangement is offered as standard, while a top of the range 825W 17-speaker system with full surround sound comes as an option. Both offer super sharp, crystal clear sound quality and their peak power outputs are based on the 0.2 percent Total Harmonic Distortion with Noise (THD+N) rating.
State-of-the-art amplifiers incorporate Meridian’s latest digital processing technology to ensure perfectly optimised sound quality, while both systems feature branded Meridian high-efficiency speakers with lightweight neodynium rare earth magnets for exceptional clarity and dynamics.
Range Rover and Meridian audio specialists have also applied the sophisticated Meridian Trifield surround staging technology, along with Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS Neo:6; finally Audyssey MultEQ XT audio tuning system, which digitally corrects any imperfections created by the cabin environment to deliver accurate, enveloping, and distortion-free sound for all seating positions.
To complete the entertainment options, the Range Rover Evoque is also available with Digital and Satellite TV, DVD playback capability, a hard drive virtual 10 CD multiplayer, and DAB/FM/AM/Sirius tuners with a high performance twin antennae system.
For rear seat passengers, there is a comprehensive entertainment package which features full eight-inch video screens in the front headrests, a dedicated touch-screen remote control, and state-of-the-art digital infrared wireless headphones which provide stunning DVD-level sound quality.
Eliminating stress at the wheel
The Range Rover Evoque is equipped with the latest generation of smart driver assistance technologies to help make life behind the wheel as safe and stress-free as possible in today’s congested driving conditions.
The key technologies include:
Once the system has identified a park space using its ultrasonic sensors, the system automatically steers the car into place while the driver operates the accelerator, brake and clutch. Informative graphics and messages are displayed in the cluster screen, to guide the driver through each stage of the manoeuvre.
Added comfort and convenience
Those small extra touches can make a real difference to comfort and wellbeing during day-to-day driving, and the Range Rover Evoque offers a generous selection of thoughtful and relevant features which help to make ownership a true pleasure.
The comfort and convenience technologies include:
5. RANGE ROVER ENGINEERING
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has been engineered, developed and tested to the same exacting standards as the larger models in the Range Rover line-up.
Over 40 years of expertise in body and chassis systems, four-wheel-drive drivelines and all-terrain technologies have been applied to the Evoque, to ensure that it delivers the refined performance and all-weather, all-surface capability which are hallmarks of the brand.
David Mitchell stated: “While the Range Rover Evoque is geared towards delivering sporting and fun-to-drive handling on the road, it will still be at home on a variety of terrains. Exclusive technologies like the patented Terrain ResponseTM and Hill Descent systems provide the Evoque with a unique competitive advantage when the going gets tough.”
All-new structure and suspension system
The Range Rover Evoque features an all-new structure and suspension system which have been developed to deliver outstanding dynamics both on- and off-road, while preserving the stunning sporting profile of the original LRX concept car.
The exceptionally strong, lightweight steel monocoque body structure has been developed to deliver outstanding stiffness and refinement together with excellent crash performance. The structure was optimised using the latest state-of-the-art computer multi-dimensional simulation tools, and uses 18 per cent* of special high-strength and Boron ultra-high-strength steels in strategic load-bearing areas.
Mounted to this incredibly stable structure, the Evoque’s fully independent suspension system features coil sprung struts front and rear together with isolated front and rear subframes.
The supple, long-travel suspension design, large-diameter gas damper struts, and extremely stiff isolated subframes all contribute to the Evoque’s well-controlled and absorbent ride, and its confidence in challenging off-road conditions.
Strong and stable safety cell
The Range Rover Evoque’s optimised steel structure protects occupants using an incredibly strong and stable safety cell, which is complemented by a comprehensive system of airbags and restraints.
The ultra-high-strength Boron steel has been used in key parts of the crash safety cell to resist deformation and intrusion during impacts, including the A- and B-pillars and the sills.
The occupant safety package includes a carefully optimised restraint system including driver and passenger airbags, knee airbags, and side curtain and thorax airbags.
Pedestrian safety was given a very high priority, with the design for the front-end, bumpers, bonnet and cowl area undergoing intensive optimisation to ensure that the structure minimised potential injuries.
Powerful and sophisticated braking system
The Range Rover Evoque features a powerful all-disc braking system for confident stopping in all conditions. Generous disc diameters provide a huge thermal capacity, providing formidable, fade-free stopping performance which equals that of premium sports saloons.
Like larger Range Rovers, the Evoque is equipped with a convenient and effective electronic park brake, activated via a switch in the centre console, which disengages automatically when the car moves off.
The braking system is complemented by the latest generation of electronic active safety systems, including:
The Corner Brake Control function has been carefully calibrated to prevent rear end instability when braking in corners. The system optimises the side-to-side braking balance for all four wheels, to help ensure that the car follows the driver’s intended path.
State-of-the-art traction and stability systems
Active safety performance is further enhanced by a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art traction and stability systems, configured using Range Rover’s expertise in all-terrain performance to maximise stability and safety in the widest range of driving conditions.
At the heart of the systems is a sophisticated electronic control unit which monitors the car at all times, and can individually adjust the braking forces and engine torque applied to each wheel to optimise the handling and help the driver retain control in extreme manoeuvres.
The control unit takes into account a wide variety of inputs including individual wheel speeds, cornering yaw rates, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, vehicle speed, gear and clutch engagement, brake pressure, accelerator position and the settings of the hill descent and Terrain ResponseTM systems.
To complement the car’s responsive on-road handling, the Range Rover Evoque features refinements to the Dynamic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control systems which further enhance cornering behaviour and stability.
The car also includes a new Hill Start Assist function, which holds the brakes for a few seconds to help the driver pull away smoothly and safely on steep inclines, and Trailer Stability Assist for improved towing safety.
The full suite of traction and stability systems includes:
Unique all-terrain technologies
Like all Range Rovers, the Evoque makes use of a unique suite of technologies to maximise performance and safety in challenging on- and off-road conditions.
The primary technology is Terrain ResponseTM, which adapts the responses of the car’s engine, gearbox, centre coupling and braking/stability systems to match the demands of the terrain, optimising driveability and comfort as well as maximising traction.
The Range Rover Evoque has four Terrain ResponseTM settings, selected via a control on the centre console: General Driving (on-road and easy off-road); Grass/Gravel/Snow (slippery conditions, on- and off-road); Mud and Ruts; and Sand. An additional Dynamic setting is available for cars specified with Adaptive Dynamics.
To optimise safety and control on steep gradients, the Evoque also offers Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Gradient Release Control (GRC). HDC automatically restricts speed downhill using the anti-lock brakes, and has been enhanced for improved performance, with a revised interface to help the driver adjust the target speed more easily. GRC is linked to HDC, and progressively releases the brakes on very steep or more gradual slopes, for maximum control.
Tested to the limit
With its compact size and concept-car looks the Evoque is clearly a new kind of Range Rover, but it has been subjected to exactly the same punishing test and development regime as the larger Range Rover models.
A whole fleet of development vehicles are being subjected to twelve months of gruelling tests, covering millions of miles between them to ensure that the Evoque achieves the same standards of ruggedness and all-terrain versatility as every Range Rover before them.
An extensive team of engineers dedicated to prototype development and testing, are travelling to over 20 countries worldwide to test in extremes of climates over a variety of road surfaces and altitudes. From the frozen extremities of Europe and Canada, to the searing heat and dust of the deserts in the Middle East and America, to the Autobahns in Europe and city traffic in Tokyo, the Evoque is being validated against every element the earth can throw at it.
In total, over 16,700 tests will be completed across all components and systems. Some of the most punishing test regimes include:
*Data based on manufacturer’s estimate.
By Cars UK