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2016 Range Rover Evoque revealed


New engines, tech and revised styling for Range Rover Evoque SUV.

Land Rover has the first images of the new facelifted Evoque SUV ahead of the model's public debut at next month's Geneva motor show.

Boasting an all-new turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, revised styling and updated interior, the 2016 model aims to continue the current car's 'fastest-selling Land Rover ever' title.

The new all-alloy 'Ingenium' diesel engine is shared with the incoming Jaguar XE sedan and will be offered in two states of tune - 110kW/380Nm in eD4 guise and the 132kW/430Nm TD4 - and both are expected for Australia.

The less potent version can achieve 4.4L/100km combined on the European cycle when paired with a six-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive, while the 132kW version still manages an impressive 4.8L/100km combined with four-wheel drive and a manual.

Like the current model, the facelifed Evoque will also be available with a nine-speed torque converter automatic gearbox - an option box the vast majority of Australian customers will tick. Land Rover is yet to confirm fuel economy figures for the automatic models, however.  

Land Rover has also tweaked the styling of the small SUV, adding a new range of alloy wheels, revised headlights with fully adaptive LED main beams and restyled daytime running lights, reworked taillights, new front bumper and two new grille designs to bring it in line with the newer Range Rovers.

The interior has also received an update with new seats and door trims along with a redesigned instrument display and new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with Jaguar Land Rover's InControl apps functionality. 

A new hands-free automatic opening tailgate has also been added to certain models. Like the Discovery Sport's system, it allows owners to open the tailgate by waving their foot under the rear bumper of the car.

The facelifted Evoque also adopts the All Terrain Progress Control system seen in the bigger Range Rovers and is a traction-optimizing form of cruise control which works at speeds up to 30km/h to make off-road driving easier.

New active safety features have also been added, including AEB, lane-keep assist and attention assist which detects when a driver is at risk of falling asleep .

The updated Range Rover Evoque is expected to arrive in Australia in the first quarter of 2016.