Smallest Land Rovers Get Performance Bump For 2018

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Two of Land Rover's most popular models – the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque – are getting some large changes for 2018, including the addition of two new Ingenium gas engines. The new base option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Consumers wanting more oomph can opt for a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot that generates 286 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

For the Evoque, the more powerful 2.0-liter unit is only available on the five-door HSE Dynamic and Autobiography trims. With the punchier engine, the Evoque can get to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just six seconds and achieves a top speed of 144 mph. Opting for the more powerful motor also adds the Dynamic Exterior Pack that brings bespoke exterior touches, including larger front and rear bumpers, Gloss Black exterior touches, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

On the Discovery Sport, the 286-hp engine is available on the HSE and HSE Luxury trims and gets the SUV from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Just like on the Evoque, the more potent engine also brings exterior changes, which include: a unique front bumper with larger air intakes, a Gloss Black front grille, Gloss Black side vents, a chrome tailpipe finisher, red “Sport” badges, and 20-inch gloss black wheels.

Beside the addition of the two engines, there's a new Landmark Edition for the 2018 Evoque that sits in between the SE Premium and HSE trims. The trim features unique 19-inch seven-split spoke wheels, a Carpathian Grey Contrast Roof, the Dynamic body kit, Graphite Atlas finishes, and a trim-exclusive Moraine Blue. Other changes for both the Evoque and Discovery Sport include auto-dimming exterior mirrors, new paint schemes, Wi-Fi connectivity, and new exterior paint options.

Pricing for the 2018 Range Rover Evoque starts at $42,795 (all prices include the $995 destination charge) for the five-door model, while the Evoque Convertible costs $53,095. Getting the 286-hp 2.0-liter engine costs an additional $3,000. The three-door coupe is missing from the lineup, leading us to believe that the body style won't return for the 2018 model year.

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport starts at $38,790. Getting the more powerful 2.0-liter motor costs $7,000 for the Sport HSE trim and an additional $6,100 on the HSE Luxury trim.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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