BorgWarner Inc. will supply the all-wheel-drive system to the Range Rover Evoque through Haldex, its recently acquired subsidiary in Sweden. The added business is expected to more than double BorgWarner’s awd sales to Jaguar Land Rover. BorgWarner will supply Haldex’s fourth-generation coupling with specifically developed software and tuning. Haldex also supplies awd technology to the current Land Rover Freelander. BorgWarner is investing in capacity in Sweden to meet demand for the new model.
The Evoque is the first application of the third-generation suspension system produced by China’s BeijingWest Industries Co., which in 2009 bought pieces of Delphi Corp.’s global brake and suspension component business. Audi and Ferrari also get suspension systems from BeijingWest. In the Evoque, the latest version of the MagneRide suspension technology replaces the single coil piston with a twin coil device that provides faster control of the damper fluid’s flow properties. MagneRide has helped Land Rover reduce the traditional compromise between ride and handling, which is particularly acute given the brand’s rugged, off-road image. BeijingWest also provides the lightweight passive dampers that are standard fit on some Evoque models.
Robert Bosch GmbH supplies the Evoque with it common-rail diesel system, as well as a control unit, fuel pump and spark plugs for the gasoline engine. TI Automotive Limited supplies the brake lines and the fuel tank top lines, while Denso Corp. provides the vehicle with the navigation system, starter motor and alternator.
IHS Automotive forecasts that 38,000 Evoque models will be produced in 2011. Output is expected to peak at 70,000 units 2013. The model is built on the CD-EU platform at Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Halewood, England.