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motoring Range Rover shows off limited edition Evoque

Mazda refreshes MX-5 for 2013

Mazda has released full details for the 2013 MX-5, revealing that next year’s model will benefit from more kit across the range.

All seven MX-5 models will now have climate control as standard as opposed to the manual air conditioning found on previous entry-level cars. A new, fully-integrated TomTom sat-nav system with a 5.8-inch touch-screen is to come as standard on the range-topping Sport Tech Nav.

Visually the new car is distinguished by a tweaked front end, with a deeper grille and a chin spoiler to improve the aerodynamics around the bumper. It effectively reduces drag around the fog lights and over the front wheels and also offers improved pedestrian safety.

Glossy dark grey trim inserts update the interior look, while PowerShift automatic models gain an automatically dimming rear-view mirror. Manual Sport Tech versions gain the same mirror plus a set of alloy pedals.

A new selection of colours has been introduced for 2013, including Sparkling Black Mica, Dolphin Grey Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent. Also available are the existing True Red Solid, Aluminium Silver Metallic, Copper Red Mica and Stormy Blue Mica.

The 124bhp 1.8 and 158bhp 2.0-litre engines are unchanged, with five- and six- speed manual gearboxes respectively. An automatic option is available, but only with the larger engine. When linked to manual gearboxes both engines will have a revised throttle system designed to improve responsiveness and give more linear acceleration, especially on the way out of corners.

Prices will start at £18,495 and rise to £23,595 on the road. Orders can be placed now for any of the seven models.

24 Life Begins

Land Rover has released pictures of a limited edition Evoque painted in Sicilian Yellow with a contrasting Santorini Black roof and mirrors. Alternatively buyers can reverse the scheme with a black body, switching the roof and mirrors to yellow. Either way, there will also be yellow stitching on the upholstery, central storage bin, door trims and dashboard coverings, with an additional anodized yellow horizontal strip on the passenger side.

Further styling boosts come from the Black Design Pack, which covers a rear spoiler, darkened front headlights and fog lights, black Range Rover lettering, clear rear lamps, 20-inch Gloss Black forged wheels, Santorini Black painted bumper sections and dark exhaust trim.

This is the first showing of the styling pack, which by the Spring will be available on all Dynamic models as an optional extra.

Based on the Evoque Dynamic derivative, the Sicilian Yellow Limited Edition’s changes are purely cosmetic. It will be available in three- and five-door body styles with a choice of three drivetrains.

A two-wheel drive manual diesel version with 148bhp will be the lowest-CO2 option, while a four-wheel drive automatic option will use a 187bhp version of the same 2.2-litre engine. A petrol engine will be offered with 236bhp, but it is expected that most UK buyers will prefer the diesel options. Those choosing petrol power will also get four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox as standard.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said: “The Sicilian Yellow Limited Edition is the perfect opportunity to introduce the Range Rover Evoque into 2013 and build on what is already a tremendous success story. Such a striking colour combination attributes itself to the already unique styling of the Evoque. This, combined with the release of the Black Design Pack in April, will provide customers with yet more appealing and unique choices.”

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