Because superchargers make the EPA uneasy.
Discovering a new, untapped, and underutilized automotive segment is a lot like finding new land with beautiful views that’s in a prime location for a new city. Sooner or later, developers are going to come in to try and fill every niche they can make a dime off of. Same goes for the booming luxury SUV segment. Land Rover, the inventor of the segment, already has multiple SUVs tailored to suite every taste and size preference, but that doesn’t mean it’s done filling up the marketable voids.
New for the 2018 model Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque is a moderate engine upgrade that sees itself manifested in two new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Both are part of Jaguar Land Rover’s line of Ingenium engines and are intended to up the ante by replacing the old GTDi unit featured on both models. The first engine is a base model that puts out 237 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. If more power is desired, the second Ingenium unit should be to a customer’s liking, with 286 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque available. Both units are mated to a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission. All base Evoque models get the former of the two power plants.
To get the upgraded engine, available only for five-door models (sorry, no high-output engines for the three-door or convertible Evoque) it’ll take an HSE Dynamic or Autobiography trim level. That pushes the performance bar up slightly, with 0-60 mph going by in 6.0 seconds. Acceleration only relents when the speedometer reaches 144 mph. To distinguish the faster Evoques from the slow pokes, Land Rover will add the Dynamic exterior pack, which gives the baby SUV larger front and rear bumpers, 20-inch wheels, and a Gloss Black finish to the grille. There’s also a Landmark Edition of the 237 horsepower Evoque to add flair when the extra performance isn’t needed.
Along with additional comfort, convenience, and connectivity features, both the Evoque and Discovery Sport take advantage of the new engines to preserve power, functionality, and the existence of the large luxury SUVs themselves as emissions regulations get tighter and tighter by the day. Thanks to the move to modernize its power plants, base Land Rovers can appreciate the benefits of small four-cylinder power plants without worrying about whether or not its smallest engines will have the grunt to pull these vehicles over questionable terrain. For the performance seekers, at least there's still the SVR department.