IT’S STILL FUN BUT MORE RANGE ROVER
The main difference Evoque owners will notice between the original and latest models is the new one’s quietness and refinement, according to Land Rover’s dynamics guru Mike Cross.
“The body is 13% stiffer now, which makes a very noticeable difference,” he said. “We’ve changed the engine mounting system to improve engine refinement and the active driveline of allwheel-drive models has been tweaked to make it smoother and more responsive.”
The improvements have required a sustained development campaign, Cross says, because most owners agree the outgoing model is already surprisingly good fun to drive. The task has been to maintain this – and to make the steering feel “a bit better connected” through more rigid mounting – while also delivering the better refinement.
“I think the team has succeeded well,” Cross says in summary. “The latest model is just as much fun to drive, but it’s also better at being a Range Rover.”