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2015-02-24 10:32

HEADED FOR GENEVA: The new Range Rover Evoque will make its debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show. The updated SUV will arrive locally later in 2015. Image: Land Rover

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Would you want a convertible Land Rover? Well the automaker believes there’s a market for a drop-top 4x4 as spies reveal the new Range Rover Evoque in action!

The new Range Rover Evoque, sporting a new design and a host of the automaker's latest technologies, will make its debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show. Land Rover SA tells us that the new Evoque could be here by August 2015.

Land Rover design director and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern, said: "The Range Rover Evoque first established and then dominated the luxury compact SUV sector generating worldwide acclaim and sales success. Our challenge has been to evolve the Evoque design without diluting its distinctive character.”

NEW DESIGN

The new Evoque’s trim levels have been realigned to match those of the Range Rover Sport - SE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography; and a suite of option packs.

The new Evoque gains enlarged air intakes, new grille designs and is will be the first Range Rover to be offered with adaptive LED headlights. The Evoque’s standard grille is distinguished by two bold horizontal bars and a new fine-mesh pattern.

It has four new alloy rims, a choice of Dynamic or standard body kit and new exterior colours with  contrast roof designs. SE derivatives feature Taurus leather and eight-way power seats, while flagship models feature new front massage seats with 14-way adjustment.

HORIZONTAL BARS

In South Africa, the new SUV will be powered with a 2.2-litre SD4 turbo diesel engine (paired with a nine-speed auto) and Land Rover’s 2.0-litre Si4 turbo petrol.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Range Rover Evoque

With 177kW on tap, the Si4 petrol engine delivers strong performance, with acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 217km/h. Fuel economy is rated at 7.8 litres/100km and 181g/km emissions.

SPRUCED INTERIOR

Interior changes include new seats and door casings, 20cm touchscreen infotainment unit and the introduction of new colour and materials.

Its hands-free power tailgate allows owners to automatically open and close the boot by waving a foot beneath the rear bumper.

It's equipped with Land Rover’s innovative All-Terrain Progress Control** (ATPC), only available on Si4 derivatives,  first seen on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

The technology maintains a pre-determined speed (selected using the cruise control function) in forward or reverse gears between 1.8km/h to 30km/h, allowing the driver to concentrate on negotiating tricky terrain.

SAFETY TECH

Its autonomous emergency braking prevents or greatly reduces the severity of crashes in the event of the driver failing to take preventative action. Using an advanced forward-facing stereo digital camera, the system can identify potential hazards ahead.

Prices will be will be announced closer to launch.

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