Land Rover Confirms Range Rover Evoque Convertible

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Land Rover debuted an updated-for-2016 version of its popular Evoque compact SUV at this year's Geneva International Motor Show, but the news doesn't stop there. Today, the automaker put some very old rumors to rest in confirming that it would produce a convertible version of the Evoque.

Related: 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: First Look

Details are slim — even the teaser photo is wearing camo — but Land Rover said the droptop SUV will go on sale in 2016 and more details will be announced later this year. Aside from Jeep's Wrangler, it will be the only convertible SUV on the market after Nissan canceled its unpopular, oddball Murano CrossCabriolet.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 2, 2015 | Comments (6)

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: First Look

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Competes with: BMW X3, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Looks like: The Evoque gets a revised front bumper design and more LEDs

Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with nine-speed automatic transmission; four-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015

The smallest of Land Rover's Range Rover derivatives, the Range Rover Evoque gets a few updates for 2016. It will make its global debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March and will hit Land Rover dealerships this fall.

Related: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Family Checklist

The five-seat Evoque still comes in two- or four-door SUV body styles, though both cars are roughly the same size. Revised trim levels are now the SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography.

By Kelsey Mays | February 24, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010-2015 Land Rover LR2, 2012-2013 Range Rover Evoque

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 41,000 model-year 2010-15 Land Rover LR2 and model-year 2012-13 Range Rover Evoque small luxury SUVs

The Problem: A component within the occupant classification system electronic control unit may fail, resulting in the front passenger airbag being totally or partially disabled. In a crash necessitating airbags, deployment may not occur or may occur improperly, increasing the risk of injury to the front-seat passenger.

The Fix: Land Rover will begin notifying owners on Aug. 30, and dealers will update the restraint control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Land Rover at 800-637-6837, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cargo Covers: Love 'Em or Loathe 'Em?

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While recently test-driving the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, I kept getting smacked in the nose by its hard-plastic cargo cover every time I reached into the cargo area.

The cargo cover rose to my nose's height every time I opened the liftgate, so I couldn't get cargo in or out without clocking myself. Eventually I clued in and removed the cover, which is what happens with every test car I get that has one. My husband finds cargo covers even more annoying that I do.

For our purposes, cargo covers are simply in the way. But I've been thinking: What's up with cargo covers? Are there people who like them, or do most people find them troubling like we do?

By Courtney Messenbaugh | September 13, 2013 | Comments (7)

2013 Land Rover LR2: Test Car Gallery

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When Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek drove the 2013 Land Rover LR2, he said the compact luxury SUV felt like a throwback to another era — but not one for which he’s nostalgic. While he praised the five-seater's handling, Bruzek criticized its antiquated look, interior, equipment and gas mileage. Worst is its failure to live up to the brand's premium experience and design quality — particularly against the automaker's stylish and refined Evoque compact SUV.

The LR2 Bruzek tested, which came in Firenze Red with an Ebony Leather interior, was constructed making "extensive use" of high-strength steel, according to Land Rover. The powertrain is composed of a turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic.

By Matt Schmitz | August 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Family Checklist

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After a lifetime of trying to fit in, I now want to stand out in the crowd. Thankfully, bold vehicles like the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque help me do that. This crossover looks like an Angry Bird on wheels, and it has more power and punch than any bird I've ever seen, angry or not.

The 2013 Evoque handles beautifully, has unique looks and includes plenty of features that make me happy whether I'm in mom mode or me mode.

By Courtney Messenbaugh | July 19, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Video

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Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Anywhere he wants to. Well, if the big fella takes a seat in the all-new 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the luxury SUV will see no net weight gain compared with the previous model. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays, who got to monkey with the Range Rover Sport during its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, notes that this version shed 800 pounds through liberal use of lightweight aluminum, boosting quickness and fuel efficiency for 2014.

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Also new for 2014 are a supercharged V-6, an auto terrain response setting that senses surroundings and adapts to it, and a platform shared with the Range Rover making it more evocative of its namesake vehicle. Check out the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | April 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

Nine-Speed Transmission to Debut on 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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Land Rover is making a major shift in transmission technology with its new nine-speed automatic, which the British automaker will demonstrate at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show in March. Land Rover told Kicking Tires that the newly developed transmission, a first for passenger vehicles, will be available on the 2014 Range Rover Evoque.

Increasing the number of gears from six to nine will help reduce emissions and improve efficiency, Land Rover said in a statement. The automaker said the nine-speed transmission's smaller steps will also improve acceleration response, as well as shift quality and refinement.

"A higher top gear improves efficiency by lowering engine speed, which also improves comfort and reduces noise when cruising at highway speeds," Land Rover said.

The nine-speed — developed with transmission-manufacturer ZF — will also complement the all-terrain capabilities for which Land Rover is known, the automaker said. The lowest speed is geared lower than the existing six-speed's lowest and is designed for off-road use, towing and steep gradients.

By Matt Schmitz | February 28, 2013 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and LR2

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Land Rover is recalling 70 model-year 2012 versions of the LR2 and Range Rover Evoque SUVs due to problems with the vehicles’ brakes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured on June 11, 2012, and have rear brake caliper bolts that have been insufficiently tightened (check your vehicle’s build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). This could lead to a loss of brake function and an accident.

Land Rover will notify owners starting on Jan. 18, 2013, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Land Rover at 800-452-4827 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

Auto-Parking System Challenge

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By James R. Healey, USA Today and Kelsey Mays, Cars.com

The simple act of parking your car is the focus of extraordinary technology. Backup cameras and warning sensors have become old hat. Surround-view cameras are slowly arriving, and the big step is cars that parallel-park themselves.

Well, sort of; they find a parking spot that's big enough and they do the wheel work. You still must operate the accelerator and brake pedals to be sure you get out of the traffic flow quickly and then don't whack the parked car ahead of or behind you.

Lexus introduced auto-parking in the U.S. on its 2007 LS 460 full-size sedan. That system had a high gee-whiz factor, but was cumbersome to use. It's gone now — discontinued after the 2012 model. Almost nobody bought it, so Lexus "removed that option," spokesman Bill Kwong said.

Though the luxury brand has axed auto-parking, mainstream Toyota still sells the feature as a Prius v option. It's also available as a stand-alone feature ($395) on the $24,000 Ford Focus Titanium. Auto-parking no longer is strictly a luxury item, though that's where it's mainly found.

Auto-parking systems become mainstream

Now that these systems are working themselves into the mainstream, USA Today and Cars.com wanted to find out if today's parking systems work better than the original Lexus setup, and thus are more likely to become popular.

By Kelsey Mays | December 6, 2012 | Comments (6)

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