This is the first time ever that the Autobiography name features on the Evoque line as it has previously been offered only for the more luxurious Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
Available in coupe or 5-door body styles, the Autobiography benefits from enhanced Dynamic body styling, diamond-turned, forged 20-inch alloy wheels, and new exterior trim components highlighted in atlas silver. These components include a new premium grille design, lower front valance and new foglight surrounds.
The lower reaches of the Autobiography’s body sides are finished in contrasting Santorini Black, creating a ground-hugging stance, while jewel-like ‘crystal’ headlights and tail lamps enhance the premium feel. Autobiography ingot badging on the tailgate and front fender vents further distinguishes the exterior.
There’s also a new and striking metallic body colour called Phoenix Orange which will be available for all Dynamic Evoque derivatives.
The chassis has been optimised for sharper handling, while the top-of-the-range 2.0-litre turbocharged all-aluminium petrol engine has been upgraded exclusively to produce 285ps/400Nm, a substantial 45 ps/60 Nm increase compared with the existing Evoque.
Customers can also choose 190 ps diesel or 240 ps petrol engines, and all models come as standard with permanent 4×4. The 9-speed ZF automatic transmission with adaptive shift programme has been retuned so that it responds more keenly to sportier driver inputs, even when left in Drive.
Active driveline is optional on all Evoques and comes as standard equipment on the Autobiography Dynamic. A revolutionary driveline technology, active driveline improves traction, enhances agility and improves fuel efficiency by engaging four-wheel drive seamlessly and automatically when required. The world’s 4×4 system of its kind, active driveline seamlessly switches to front-wheel drive during steady-state driving at speeds over 35 km/h, eliminating virtually all drag losses from the rear driveline. When circumstances dictate, the 4×4 system automatically reactivates within 300 milliseconds. In addition, active driveline optimally distributes torque between the rear wheels, whilst also having the ability to lock them together. This provides improved traction and composure off-road, whilst also enhancing performance on road.
Inside, Autobiography models are equipped with a luxurious and sumptuous leather interior in a selection of 6 colour palettes, along with Autobiography embossing on the front headrests. New illuminated tread plates with Autobiography script are available in a choice of three distinctive finishes.
Enhancing Land Rover’s existing suite of connected-car technologies, Land Rover InControl Apps also debuts across the range. In a world first, InControl Apps enables vehicle-optimised smartphone apps to be displayed and controlled with their original look and feel from the vehicle’s touchscreen. Owners simply connect their smartphone directly to the Evoque through a dedicated USB port to enable compatible iPhone or Android apps to function.
Land Rover InControl Apps joins Land Rover’s suite of InControl connected-car technologies. InControl Remote allows owners to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services if required. The InControl Remote smartphone app allows owners to prepare for a trip by checking fuel levels and range remotely, find their vehicle in a crowded car park and check if they have left doors or windows open. They can also download journey details to assist in claiming business mileage expenses. InControl Secure tracks the vehicle should it be stolen. Availability of certain services is dependent on the market.
Park assist semi-autonomous parking, a surround camera system and blind-spot monitoring with closing vehicle sensing and reverse traffic detection are also available, assistance features which will be appreciated in busy urban environments.
Speaking ahead of the official world premiere for the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography derivatives this week, Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes, said: “When the Range Rover Evoque was launched, it brought a unique blend of innovative exterior and interior design and exceptional on- and off-road capability to the market. It created the premium compact SUV.”
“The introduction of Land Rover InControl Apps, together with the new range-topping Autobiography and Autobiography Dynamic derivatives, take the Range Rover Evoque’s core strengths a step further, bringing increased levels of connectivity, desirability, luxury and dynamic ability to the already successful line-up,” he said, adding that over 270,000 units have been sold worldwide since its launch in 2011, making it the fastest-selling Land Rover model of all time.