Land Rover has launched the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography, the range-topping variant in the Evoque model lineup.
This “baby Rangie” can be specified with 48-volt mild hybrid drivetrains, and also comes with a new infotainment system for enhanced connectivity.
There are two updated next-generation 4-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines featuring Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology.
MHEV vehicles feature belt-driven starter motors and battery packs. These drivetrains harvest energy from deceleration and use it to charge the 48-volt battery.
In turn, the battery can boost the vehicle’s performance and improve fuel economy. Said Ingenium engines are available in 165PS and 200PS outputs, making them more powerful than their predecessors.
Customers can still choose from several petrol engines. The P200, P250 and P300 options are all fitted with MHEV technology.
NEW INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
The Range Rover Evoque Autobiography is equipped with the new Pivi infotainment system.
Land Rover claims that the unit is “ready to go as soon as it’s switched on” thanks to a separate data plan and battery, which eliminates delay.
Over-the-air software updates arrive via the vehicle’s embedded data connection at no cost to the owner. They can also be scheduled at a suitable time.
The system is enabled by a new Electrical Vehicle Architecture and is available as either standard Pivi, or Pivi Pro from S-specification††.
The Spotify streaming service is integrated directly within the menu for the first time, and Bluetooth connectivity is available for two phones at once.
The Range Rover Evoque is also available with the new second-generation Activity Key. It allows owners to unlock any door, lock or even start the vehicle by being nearby.
Other technology updates include a comprehensive suite of new Advanced Driver Assistance features for the Evoque.
These include the Rear Collision Monitor and 3D Surround Camera. The former uses radars to monitor the vehicle’s rear, priming the car to reduce the severity of an impact for occupants.
Meanwhile, the latter lets the driver see what’s happening around the vehicle at speeds of up to 30.6km/h (19mph). This is aimed at making manoeuvring through tight spaces or difficult terrain easier.
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