2016 Range Rover Evoque Debuts Ahead of Geneva

Refreshed looks, new diesel engines.

Land Rover pulled the covers off of the refreshed 2016 Range Rover Evoque luxury crossover ahead of its public debut at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The most significant change is the addition of new Ingenium diesel powertrains for the European market. These new engine options contribute to 2016 Range Rover Evoque fuel efficiency improving by 18 percent compared to the outgoing model. Although Ingenium diesel engines will be offered in the U.S. with the 2017 Jaguar XE, it remains unclear whether the Evoque will get those powertrains in our market.

In addition to the standard 240-hp 2.0 liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder (the only engine currently offered in the U.S.), the 2016 Range Rover Evoque is available with two optional 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engines. The 147-hp engine is capable of returning a prodigious 68 mpg in European testing, while the stronger 177-hp version returns up to 59 mpg, making the 2016 the most efficient Land Rover model ever. The new diesel engines are stiffer, more compact, and 45-65 lbs lighter than the outgoing diesels. Buyers can opt between a nine-speed automatic, and interestingly enough, a six-speed manual. In the U.S., only the nine-speed auto is offered on the Evoque.

New safety technology has been integrated to the 2016 Range Rover Evoque as well, with active lane departure assist and autonomous emergency braking, which applies the brakes in moderate-speed scenarios when systems determine a crash is imminent.

Visually, the 2016 Range Rover Evoque receives a larger inlet on the bottom of the front bumper, along with additional hood scoops for the four-door models (that styling touch was previously only available for the two-door Evoque). New full-LED adaptive headlights and new LED taillights are also included. A range of three new wheel designs is offered, along with two new exterior colors.

On the inside, the Evoque receives new seats, with the standard leather available in two new optional colors, Lunar Ice and Vintage Tan. The instrument cluster gets a rework as well, and there is a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Look for the official debut of the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque at the upcoming 2015 Geneva auto show.