The biggest news is the previously-announced nine-speed automatic transmission, which is actually 16.5 pounds lighter and only marginally longer than the outgoing six-cog unit. Land Rover says that the nine-speed will help the 2014 Evoque consume 11.4 percent less fuel and emit 9.5 percent fewer emissions than before.
The 2013 Evoque is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Other revisions for 2014 include the addition of a range of safety technologies than debuted in the 2014 Range Rover Sport, including Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Closing Vehicle Sensing (think blind spot warning system), Reverse Traffic Detection and, uniquely, a Wade Sensing feature that alerts the driver to rising water levels around the vehicle.
Also available is a Park Exit system that automatically leaves tight parallel parking spaces, as well as a Perpendicular Park system that helps drivers reverse into perpendicular spaces.
Other revisions include a brake-based torque vectoring system and an optional “Active Driveline” four-wheel-drive system that’s designed to spend the majority of its time in front-wheel-drive mode, shunting power rearward only when extra traction is needed. The system will likely boost efficiency and, thanks to an electronic differential that apportions output between the rear wheels, handling as well, but it has not been confirmed for the U.S. market.