RDE2-compliant Range Rover Evoque to escape 4% BiK surcharge
The Range Rover Evoque has become the first luxury compact SUV to meet RDE2 standards – ensuring that it avoids the 4% BiK surcharge.
Mandatory for all new models from January 2020 and all new car registrations a year later, the new emissions standard – which states that cars must emit 80mg/km or less of NOx – is already being met by the D150 manual front-wheel drive diesel in the new Range Rover Evoque (see road test here), bringing a tax benefit for company car drivers.
The early certification has been achieved by the use of advanced engine and exhaust technologies, including the use of AdBlue and efficient Diesel Particulate Filters, making the D150 manual FWD comparable in NOx emissions to a petrol engine, while offering the fuel consumption and CO2 benefits of a diesel vehicle.
Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Meeting the standards for this certification almost two years ahead of schedule is a real achievement and a result of collaboration within our engineering team to develop advanced engine and exhaust technologies. The new Range Rover Evoque uses a low-friction engine design which has reduced real-world driving NOx emissions by 90% since 2010, demonstrating vast progress for Jaguar Land Rover. Independent groups, including AIR Index (Allow Independent Road-testing) and ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), are verifying that our diesels are some of the cleanest available.”
In addition to RDE2 compliance on the D150 manual FWD variant, improvements to CO2 emissions across the new Range Rover Evoque range have been achieved through the addition of enhanced Active Vanes that improve aerodynamic efficiency by 14%. All engines, bar the 150 diesel, come with 48-volt mild hybrid tech while a plug-in hybrid model is due next year.
The new Range Rover Evoque is available to order now, priced from £31,600 OTR.