Choose Your Own Power Adventure: Pricey Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Models Announced [2014 Geneva Auto Show]

Range Rover Evoque Adds Two Autobiography Editions

Land Rover is aiming to keep momentum up for its successful compact Range Rover Evoque model with opulent Autobiography and opulent and sportified Autobiography Dynamic models for the 2015 model year. As with the big Range Rover Autobiography, the new Evoques get special interior and exterior treatments to help separate them from more-bourgeois standard models.

Outside, the Autobiographys get a new grille design, lower front valance, revised head- and taillamp innards, 20-inch forged wheels, and special tailgate and fender vent badging. A new color exclusive to Dynamic trims, “Phoenix Orange,” also debuts with the Autobiography models.

Standard Autobiography interiors are aligned along six color “palettes,” while Dynamic customers can choose from four color themes with either premium or sport seats. And of course, both versions get those ever important embossed headrests and illuminated scuff plates.

We’re most interested in the Autobiography Dynamic model, which promises to be the most, er, dynamic Evoque to date. Power comes from a direct-injected, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder pumping out 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque (up from 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque in the standard model) through a ZF nine-speed automatic. It also comes standard with Land Rover’s “active driveline” on-demand four-wheel-drive system. Thus equipped, it should be able to shave considerable time from the 6.6-second 0–60 time posted by the standard Evoque in its only comparison-test appearance (it finished third out of three). We expect handling and braking to liven up thanks to revised suspension geometry, firmer springs, recalibrated adaptive dampers, and larger 13.8-in front brake rotors. Europeans can get the basic Autobiography with a diesel engine.

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No word on pricing or U.S. on-sale date yet, but with the various 2014 Evoque models covering a base-price range of $41,995 to $58,195, don’t be surprised to see the Autobiography models come in at more than $65K.

Range Rover Evoque Adds Two Autobiography Editions

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