Range Rover Evoque: Nine-speed auto 'box

27 Feb, 2013 12:15am

The Evoque will be available with a nine-speed automatic from 2014

Land Rover has confirmed it’ll fit the world’s first nine-speed automatic gearbox in its cars, as we exclusively revealed last November.

It’s likely to debut in 2014 model year Evoques, replacing the current six-speed auto, and may be fitted to larger models in the Land Rover range, too.

The extra ratios will reduce engine revs at motorway speeds, while also improving fuel economy. Plus, while the existing auto transmission has to shift down each gear in turn, the new box can change down two gears at a time, to improve driver control under braking.

It has an adaptive system that ‘learns’ the owner’s driving style, and holds on to gears and quickens shifts if necessary.

The new nine-speed box is only 6mm longer than the six-speed it replaces, and weighs 7.5kg less.

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That's very good news, I always thought the Evoque's old tech 6 speed box was at odds with its positioning in the market.

Sounds like this will be a good bet in 2014.

Yes this car does need lower CO2 - one of the reasons I have not rushed to buy one.

that's the same amount of gears as my dad's car and my classic mini combined aha

The rush back towards CVT...

Here here Willie. One wonders at the [huge?] cost of developing a 9 speeder, and whether is was significantly less than simply improving a CVT gearbox, which can be made to perform like a conventional auto, with 'staged' changes as distinct from full CV. Was it Mitsubishi who bought the patents/rights to the CVT, and wont share? Ford experimented way back with the CVT in a small car. Did they buy the rights? It beggars belief at the significant cost car makers will go to [and charge the mad punter for] to get around existing technology they cant get their hands on. The superfluous irrelevant crap that goes into cars, as pathetic excuses for a screaming lack development is palpable. Just think of all the 'expensive excuses' built into cars, when makers simply will not address 2 fundamentals in car making.....weight, and a Cd. Car makers persist with making overweight bricks that move through the air like brick walls. The Germans are very good at it. And for heavens sake, when is a car the right size? Think about that. Has the human race universally grown at the same rate car makers keep up-sizing their cars? Absolutely not.