The wraps will be taken off the ‘warm’ Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic model at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The news will ease the wait between now and Land Rover’s fastest-ever production model, the full-blown Range Rover Sport RS, which arrives later this year.
A Land Rover spokesman confirmed that there are no plans for an Evoque RS, but at least the new model boasts a little extra firepower.
The engine is the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol already available, but it has been upgraded to deliver 281bhp and 400Nm of torque – up 44bhp and 60Nm. The nine-speed ZF auto gearbox has also been recalibrated for a sportier drive, even when you’re just using the automatic D mode.
The Evoque also gets revised suspension geometry, firmer springs and recalibrated adaptive dampers, while torque vectoring by braking is standard. The front brakes are now 350mm in diameter, up from 300mm.
To compliment to upgrades, the Evoque now gets a different front bumper and grille, 20-inch alloys and Autobiography badges. The metallic Phoenix Orange paint is new, too.
The new model is the first to get Land Rover InControl apps. These are specially designed apps which drivers can download to their smartphones. The apps then look and operate in the same way, whether you use the app on your phone or via the car’s centre touchscreen. This tech will roll out to all new Evoques.
The firm has sold over 270,000 Evoques since 2011. Talking about the car’s success, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said: “The Range Rover Evoque has been an enormous success in the UK with its blend of bold design, luxury and compact versatility.
Demand remains strong two years after the start of production, and with the introduction of the Autobiography Dynamic, customers have more choice and access to a new heightened level of agility.”
The Evoque Autobiography Dynamic is available in Coupe or five-door bodystyles, and prices are expected to start at just over £50,000. The first cars will arrive in October this year.