IT’S STILL FUN BUT MORE RANGE ROVER

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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.”

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