The 2016 Range Rover Evoque facelift is now available from Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia, which has sold over 1,600 units of the JLR’s best-selling model as of November 2015.

It’s a subtle facelift, which is a good thing as the Evoque is far from broke. There’s a new front bumper and grille design with slim LED foglamps, a new LED daytime running light design, rear lamps with graphics that match the new DRLs and a tailgate spoiler with discreetly integrated third brake lights.

The big news in the cabin is the new infotainment system, accessed via an eight-inch touchscreen, with a new user interface called InControl Touch. It allows users to swipe between screens, smartphone style. The system also includes Bluetooth audio and phone capability and eight speakers.


Also new are the front seats, door casings and a redesigned instrument panel with a five-inch display. New soft-touch materials have also been added.

The Malaysian-spec car (SE with upgrades) will also feature grained leather seats with 12-way electric adjustment for both the driver and front passenger – available in Ebony Black, Almond/Espresso and Lunar/Cirrus colours. We also get 19-inch alloys as standard, but the new fixed panoramic roof is an option.

The standard Powered Gesture Tailgate lets the keyholder open the hatch by briefly waving his/her foot beneath the rear bumper. Nothing new, but JLR says that unlike competitor systems, theirs can be activated both from directly behind the vehicle and from either side of the bumper for enhanced versatility.


Only one engine option, which is the Si4 2.0 litre turbocharged unit with 240 PS and 340 Nm. This is the Ford EcoBoost engine, unchanged from the pre-facelift. Also unchanged is the ZF nine-speed automatic transmission. With this combo, the Evoque is capable of 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 217 km/h. No new Ingenium diesels for us.

The 2016 Evoque facelift is priced from RM430,000 (with GST) excluding registration, road tax and insurance. Buying from the official importer nets you a comprehensive after-sales package, which includes a five-year or 150,000 km warranty, five-year or 80,000 km free scheduled maintenance and three-year roadside assistance.