Land Rover has chosen BWI Group’s MagneRide suspension system for the eagerly anticipated Evoque compact SUV to ensure it is as comfortable on the road as it is off it.
The MagneRide system is designed to match comfort with handling, a key issue with the Evoque, whose two- or four-wheel drive system is testament to the two markets the luxury SUV is straddling.
"Land Rover wanted a new level of suspension control for the Evoque," says BWI’s manager, forward engineering controlled suspensions, Olivier Raynauld. "Adaptive Dynamics, using BWI’s MagneRide dampers provides that control across all road surfaces and under all conditions."
However, the Range Rover Evoque, the first Range Rover to be offered in two-wheel drive option, will retain Land Rover’s Terrain Response technology made famous in rugged off-roaders such as the Defender and Freelander 2.
As well as the innovative suspension, the Range Rover Evoque breaks the Land Rover mould in other ways. The luxury and upmarket feel of the Range Rover brand remains, but the high emissions often associated with SUVs are not.
The Evoque will be the greenest Land Rover ever made with CO2 emissions as low as 135g/km and deliver fuel economy of around 60mpg in its most efficient variation.
The figures are boosted by the lightweight technology used in the build and added technology such as stop/start.
The Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in the UK November in both three-door coupe and five-door hatchback variations and three specification levels; Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. However, Land Rover has emphasised the large number of extra accessories and customisation options available on the Evoque from launch.
Prices for the Range Rover Evoque start from £28,000 – making it the first Range Rover to fall beneath the £30,000 price level.