Three years on from its 2011 debut and with the dust of the initial furore settling, it is a pretty safe bet to file the Range Rover Evoque under B for ‘blinding success’. Sales figures exceeding 270,000 worldwide have seen it breeze to the title of fastest-selling Land Rover of all time. Not one to look an extremely lucrative gift-horse in the mouth, Land Rover is preparing to roll out more brand-new Evoque trim levels, starting this March at the Geneva Motor Show with the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic.
A first for the Evoque range, the Autobiography name is Land Rover’s by-word for performance, bringing with it an extra dosage of power plus an optimised chassis for sharper, sportier handling.
First and foremost, the Autobiography Dynamic edition sees the Evoque’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine upgraded to 281bhp, whilst its 9-speed gearbox is now even snappier on the shifts. Handling has also been specially performance tuned through the use of improved suspension geometry, firmer springs, upgraded 350mm front brake discs and recalibrated adaptive dampers. The end result is a more nimble and responsive Evoque than previous variants.
Subtle alterations have been made to the exterior styling of the Autobiography Dynamic for a more premium look, typified by the new front grille design, lower front valance, jewel-like headlights and 20-inch alloy wheels. The Autobiography motif can be found on the tailgate and front wing vents, setting this Evoque further apart from the standard model.
Over and above all of the standard tech to be found on the Evoque base-model, the Autobiography Dynamic edition also comes armed with Land Rover’s new InControl Apps package which enables smartphone apps to be displayed and controlled via the car’s on-board touchscreen.
The cabin is a feast of leather, available in four colours and with a choice of either sports or premium climate seats. Headrests and door tread plates both feature the Autobiography embossed logo.