With the recent launch of the Range Rover Autobiography Black, Britain’s Land Rover pushed itself up into some rarified air, at $200,000 apiece, the utes nudging British rival Bentley.
Now, Land Rover’s hot new Evoque is about to get a bit of the limited-edition treatment, as well, two special spin-offs set to make their debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The strategy is twofold: to keep momentum building for what has become the fastest-selling model in Land Rover history, while also reaching ever upwards in the price spectrum.
“The new Range Rover Evoque Autobiography is a natural progression, bringing luxury that’s more commonly associated with far larger, more expensive models to a premium compact SUV, while reaffirming its ability to resonate with customers on an emotional level,” explains Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern.
The new model, as you’d expect, will be loaded up with a wide range of interior and exterior upgrades, the maker explains. That includes a unique grille, additional exterior lighting, new 20-inch alloy wheels and the new Land Rover InControlTM Apps infotainment system, which allows the driver to access a variety of smartphone apps and features from the Evoque’s touchscreen.
The Autobiography trim level originally debuted on the flagship Range Rover and the slightly smaller Range Rover Sport. But the Brits have apparently found that there’s always room to move yet a little more up-market, adding the new Autobiography Black designation a few months back.
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With the Range Rover Evoque, the pinnacle will be reached – for now – with the Autobiography Dynamic. It takes the basic 2.0-liter turbo four in all the other Evoque models and bumps it from 240 to 285 horsepower. Also on tap: firmer springs, revised adaptive damping and a sportier tuning of the 9-speed ZF automatic transmission. The torque vectoring system also gets a more aggressive tuning.
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The Dynamic edition also gets a new active driveline system, which is, the maker explains, “A revolutionary driveline technology, active driveline is designed to improve traction, enhance agility and to improve fuel efficiency by engaging four-wheel drive seamlessly and automatically as required.”
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The new InControlTM Apps system, incidentally, is making its debut on the broader Range Rover Evoque line-up. No word on whether it will eventually migrate to other Land Rover models but that seems a near certainty over time.