2013 Geneva Motor Show: Land Rover brings world's first 9-speed auto 'box to Geneva
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- 03:27 pm, March 06, 2013
The 9-speed gearbox results in significant improvements in real world fuel economy.
At the ongoing 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover has showcased a special version of its baby SUV, the Evoque fitted with a world-first 9-speed automatic gearbox. The ‘9HP’ 9-speed gearbox (designed and developed by German transmission specialist ZF) is said to be one of the most efficient and technically advanced transmissions ever used in a production vehicle.
Thanks to the addition in the number of gear ratios from 6 to 9, the Land Rover claims this new revolutionary gearbox not only reduces fuel consumption but the lower engine revs improve comfort and reduce noise when cruising at high speed. A few other impressive features of the 9HP 9-speed gearbox is that it weighs 7.5 kg less than the current 6-speed unit and it can downshift two gears at once, thereby improving control under rapid deceleration.
The 9-speed auto ‘box equipped Evoque will make its debut early next year and will eventually make its way into rest of the Land Rover and Range Rover’s lineup of models.
First Published on 03:27 pm, March 06, 2013
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