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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Land Rover enhances 2014-model year Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover is upgrading the Range Rover Evoque for the 2014 model year, giving it a host of new technologies and "a range of new comfort, convenience and connectivity features."

The most significant upgrade is the new nine-speed automatic transmission that has an ultra-fast response time and "an adaptive shift program that quickly matches one's driving style." According to the British carmaker, with its wide spread of ratios and improved efficiency, the new transmission "delivers improved economy, reduced emissions, enhanced performance and greater comfort."

The 2014-model Evoque also has seven new driver-assistance features, namely: park exit, perpendicular park, closing vehicle sensing, reverse traffic detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and wade sensing.

The engine choices for the 2014 Evoque remain the same, however, with the 2.2-liter 148hp diesel, the 2.2-liter 187hp diesel or the 2.0-liter 237hp gasoline engine powering the vehicle. With the nine-speed automatic transmission, the fuel economy of the 2014 Evoque improves by up to 11.4%, while its carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by as much as 9.5%.

"With global sales of more than 170,000 vehicles in just 18 months, the Range Rover Evoque has proven to be hugely successful, and the 2014 model is destined to have even greater appeal," said Land Rover global brand director John Edwards. "We are thrilled to be moving the Evoque onto the next stage and believe the exciting new driveline technology, driver safety and convenience features make the 2014 Evoque an unbeatable choice for customers seeking the ultimate in compact SUV vehicles."

According to Land Rover, the 2014 Range Rover Evoque will officially go on sale globally later this year.

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