The 2016 Evoque isn’t due to make its debut until the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, but Land Rover decided to give us a look before a few days before the show kicks off. The changes for the 2016 model year are by no means revolutionary, but they are enough to help keep the crossover fresh. Unfortunately, the U.S. isn’t privy to the new lineup of engines that Land Rover highlighted when it initially showed off its shadowy teaser image.
Up front, the Evoque’s face has undergone a significant change, but it is still recognizable as an Evoque. A new bumper kicks off the changes, and with that comes new slim line LED fog lights and wider tow-eye covers. Larger intakes also grace the front end, highlighting the sportier side of this Land Rover. The grille is now available in two designs: a dual horizontal bar design with a new fine-mesh pattern on standard models and a hexagonal design with prominent mesh for the Dynamic models. Last, but certainly not least on the list of front-end changes, are the new full LED adaptive headlights with a striking LED daytime running light signatures.
Additional exterior changes include new hood vents on the five-door Autobiography and Dynamic models – previously only found on coupe models – a new tailgate spoiler, and slimmer LED taillights with revised graphics. There are also three new alloy wheel designs to help spice things up a bit and a new Gesture Tailgate that opens the cargo area by placing your foot under the rear bumper.
On the inside, the changes are about what I expected. New seats and door casings give the cabin a refreshed look, while soft-touch materials throughout add a little more class to the cabin. There are also new tech and convenience features in this refresh, including a new 8-inch InControl touchscreen infotainment system and an SD card-based navigation system with the standard audio system.
In the U.S., things remain unchanged under the hood, as the Evoque retains its 2.0-liter powerplant that produces 240 horsepower and gets the model to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds. In Europe, the 2016 Evoque gains a new Ingenium TD4 diesel engine that is 20 to 30 kg lighter than the last-gen diesel, and delivers either 150 (148 horsepower) or 180 PS (177 horsepower). The 2016 model also gains a new All-Terrain Progress Control that forces the model to maintain a predetermined speed between 1.1 and 19 mph, allowing the driver to focus on the obstacles ahead.
Land Rover didn’t divulge any additional info, but it did say that there will be more market-specific announcements, likely pricing and release details, in the near future.