Range Rover Evoque gets updates for 2014

* Nine-speed automatic Evoque now available * Fuel economy and emissions improved * 'On demand' four-wheel-drive system added...

Range Rover Evoque gets updates for 2014

The Range Rover Evoque is getting a series of updates for 2014, including a new nine-speed automatic gearbox.

The automatic gearbox was first shown at the 2013 Geneva motor show, and it will now replace the six-speed auto that the Evoque has had since it was launched.

CO2 emissions are improved by up to 9.5% and fuel economy is up by 11.4% on certain models as a result.

The 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel now emits 129g/km and boasts an average fuel economy figure of 57.6mpg.

The 2014 updates also include a new optional Active Driveline on-demand four-wheel-drive system. Essentially, this means that, to save fuel, the all-wheel drive Evoque is driven by the front wheels only when it's doing more than 22mph. The system can switch back to four-wheel drive in 300 milliseconds if necessary.

The Active Driveline also comes with a system that splits torque between the rear wheels to boost traction and stability.

A selection of new technologies are also included on the 2014 model, including Park Exit, which can automatically exit parallel parking bays; a Perpendicular Park system, and Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection systems to warn drivers of oncoming traffic.

The updated Evoque will go on sale by November this year, with prices to be confirmed at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

By Tom Webster