An all-new diesel engine will let the Range Rover Evoque hit 68mpg, its makers claim.
Land Rover is aiming to add frugality to the Evoque’s stylish portfolio of trim grades, materials options and paint colours.
Hand-in-hand with the new, much-improved fuel economy, the ‘Ingenium’ eD4 diesel has been signed off with just 109g/km of CO2 emissions for the entry-level front-wheel drive version, putting the car in the £20 per year road tax bracket.
The improvements come at the same time as a minor series of visual updates to the popular compact SUV.
Land Rovers’ fuel economy has come under fire in recent years, with the predominantly diesel ranges falling well behind the times for efficiency. However, as the firm itself admits, sales have not suffered.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director and chief creative officer, said: “The Range Rover Evoque first established and then dominated the luxury compact SUV sector generating worldwide acclaim and sales success.”
Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director, added: “The Evoque has proven to be an enormous success in the UK with sales of 62,000 since its launch back in 2011. Clever design, class-leading residuals and competitive cost of ownership have all been contributors to its success.
“The 2016 model year Evoque builds on this achievement with a new engine line-up delivering outstanding CO2 emissions down to 109g/km and for the first time; an all-wheel drive version is under 130g/km.”
As well as the 148bhp eD4 engine, there is a 178bhp version that achieves 59mpg and emissions from 125g/km.