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This is the new Range Rover Evoque
When the Evoque launched back in 2011, even Land Rover surely couldn’t have imagined the stellar success its coupe-SUV would become.
Over 400,000 Evoques have found homes around the world in the last four years, which might go some way to explaining why this mid-life refresh is very much of the ‘if it ain’t broke’ school of faceliftery.
Not that Land Rover’s upgrades are anything but tidy. The 2016 Evoque gets 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. We reckon it looks rather spiffy.
The big news is under the bonnet, where, for the first time, the Evoque gets JLR’s shiny new ‘Ingenium’ modular engines 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 flavour, the former officially returns 68mpg and 109g/km of CO2, making it - according to Land Rover at least - the cleanest car in its class.
Land Rover is keen to point out this new ‘TD4’ is 30kg lighter and some 18 per cent more efficient than the diesel in the best-selling original Evoque, and highlights, too, that service intervals are up to 21,000 miles.
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.
On the inside, there’s a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while DAB radio now features across the Evoque range. The littlest Range Rover also gains the so-called ‘All-Terrain Progress Control’ from its big brother Sport, which allows the Evoque to ‘crawl’ at speeds of up to 19mph over slippery ground.
What else? There’s a forward-facing stereo camera that can identify and help avoid potential collisions, and also nudge you back into your correct motorway lane.
No word on pricing yet, but Land Rover asserts the 2016 Evoque - when it arrives this summer - will be ‘comparable’ with the current model. Liking the look of Britain’s next big export?