Land Rover will be introducing a range of new Ingenium four-cylinder engines for its Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport models, helping keep the cars fresh in the face a slew of new rivals. As well as the new engine options, Land Rover has lightly refreshed colour and trim options and introduced a new spec level for the Evoque Convertible.
Debuting in a Land Rover for the first time, the two all-new Si4 Ingenium units replace the old 237bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with power outputs of 237bhp and 286bhp respectively. Despite the limited appeal of petrol engines in SUVs, Land Rover quotes improved MPG and CO2 numbers as well as useful performance gains over the lethargic old petrol unit - despite the entry-level Ingenium engine offering the same power output.
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The new Ingenium engines will be manufactured in JLR’s new Wolverhampton plant and feature the latest technology like an integrated exhaust manifold, high pressure direct injection and a new twin-scroll turbocharger improving engine response and fuel efficiency.
Available throughout the Evoque model range, the 237bhp version will return up to 38.7mpg, an improvement of 2.5mpg over the old car. The higher-powered 286bhp model is the most powerful engine ever fitted to the popular compact SUV, helping it reach 62mph in 6.0 seconds from a standstill.
Land Rover will also be expanding the diesel range, with a 237bhp twin-turbo SD4 diesel from the new Discovery available. For those who are interested, the Cabriolet is now also available in an entry level SE Dynamic trim too.
Alongside these mechanical upgrades, Land Rover has also introduced optional sports seats, as well as a refreshed colour palette. These engine options will also be available on the more family friendly Discovery Sport, with the higher powered petrol option exclusively available with the Dynamic exterior pack, bringing more on-road focused styling, 20-inch alloy wheels and some gaudy rear exhaust pipe finishers.
Prices have yet to be set for the UK, although expect a premium over the current top of the range engine options.