2014 Range Rover Evoque Is 11% More Efficient Thanks to 9-Speed Auto
The 2014 Evoque could go some way towards resolving that problem, since Jaguar Land Rover has just announced it will be available with a new 9-speed automatic transmission. Lower fuel consumption by up to 11.4 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 9.5 percent, depending on the model, can be expected compared to the current automatic gearbox.
The new ZF-9HP gearbox, which was first announced back in March in Geneva, is among the first automotive gearboxes to have 9 speeds. The engineering company says shift times "below the threshold of perception". You shouldn't be concerned with the durability of the box either, because the first two gears have been designed to be especially strong for offroad use.
The engines on offer with the Evoque continue to be the two version of the 2.2-liter diesel, making either 150 PS or 190 PS, or a powerful 2-liter turbo petrol with 240 PS.
Besides the new transmission, the Evoque is now offering an optional Active Driveline four-wheel drive on-demand system, which allows the car to use only FWD at speeds of up to 22 mph (35 km/h). The 2014 model now also comes standard with a Torque Vectoring by Braking system which can pinch the inner wheel to pull you through the corners more tightly. The SUV also gets a wade sensor similar to that on the new Range Rover Sport.
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