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Land Rover Malaysia has launched the 2014 Range Rover Evoque. The biggest update for 2014 would be the switch to a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission, which gives the Evoque three additional gear ratios. The new gearbox should promise smoother driving and better fuel economy.

Land Rover was the lead partner for ZF’s nine-speed auto project, and is the first production car to feature the gearbox. The ZF 9HP’s lowest ratio is lower than the outgoing six-speeder’s. Unlike the current car’s sequential shifting, the new gearbox has a ‘skip-shift’ function – which means it can skip a gear or two when downshifting under heavy deceleration or rapid kickdown.

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In addition, the Evoque’s all-wheel drive system now features a Torque Vectoring by Braking feature, which redirects torque between all four wheels to counteract understeer.

There are also new driver assist features – Perpendicular Parking, Exit Parking and Parallel Parking assistance, which essentially help the driver park the Evoque. There’s also a new Surround Camera feature for Malaysian specs, which combines video feeds from five cameras to project an all round view of the car.

The five-door 2014 Range Rover Evoque (petrol or diesel) is priced from RM399,888 while the three-door 2014 Range Rover Evoque Coupe (petrol only) is priced from RM419,888. The price includes a five-year or 300,000 km warranty and five years or 80,000 km free scheduled maintenance.