The Evoque brings Land Rover's acclaimed LRX concept car into production reality, faithfully capturing the original design of the cross-coupe concept.
In keeping with the ethos of Range Rover, the Evoque delivers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury, performance and Land Rover all-terrain capability into a shrink-wrapped, more compact package.
Offering CO2 emissions below 130g/km and fuel economy of 48mpg US combined, the Evoque is the lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever and a demonstration of the marque's commitment to sustainability.
"This is a highly relevant and contemporary vehicle that will suit the modern needs of our customers," said Land Rover's managing director Phil Popham. "The Range Rover Evoque will appeal to a new group of customers who may not have considered a Range Rover before." Lightweight construction techniques and the addition of a front-wheel drive variant ensure optimum efficiency is achieved. The new state-of-the-art gasoline and diesel engines come with direct injection and stop-start. The Range Rover Evoque also adopts low CO2 systems such as Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) and is built to maximize end of life recyclability.
Smart design and meticulous engineering has allowed the LRX concept to be turned into reality without compromising the core Range Rover values of luxury, refined performance and all-terrain capability.
"The Evoque marks a bold evolution of Range Rover design. With its dramatic rising beltline, a muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and a distinctive taper to the floating roofline, the Evoque adopts a very dynamic profile with a powerful and athletic stance." said Land Rover design director, Gerry McGovern. Interior quality
The Range Rover Evoque's cabin is lavishly appointed with premium quality materials and an elegance befitting of a Range Rover interior. Customers can specify soft premium leather and tailored, twin-needle stitching providing a luxurious finish to almost every surface of the instrument panel, doors and seats.
A lower driving position offers a more sporting feel but retains Range Rover's renowned Command Driving Position. Headroom is generous compared with traditional sporting sedans, despite the low roofline.
On the open road, the Range Rover Evoque offers a polished driving experience that combines dynamic and sporty handling with responsive, effortless performance and refinement.
Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover programs, said: "We've tuned the Evoque's chassis and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) to deliver precise and responsive steering at lower speeds, making the car nimble and fun to drive."
This sporting character has not been achieved at the expense of comfort and refinement. Adaptive Dynamics uses advanced MagneRide dampers to provide a supple, controlled ride. The suspension delivers even tighter body control, with flatter handling and sharper responses. Drivers who take their Range Rover Evoque off-road will be reassured to know that, in addition to extremely generous ground clearance, the car has significantly better breakover, approach and departure angles than other compact SUVs.
The Evoque will be the first Range Rover to offer customers a choice between a full-time four-wheel-drive system, which delivers outstanding performance and traction on all surfaces, and a front-wheel-drive option for enhanced fuel economy.
The Range Rover Evoque's formidable all-terrain potential is enhanced by the latest version of the company's signature Terrain Response system.
The Range Rover Evoque's turbocharged powertrain line-up offers smooth and responsive performance, blending four-cylinder efficiency with six-cylinder refinement and power. Customers can choose two advanced 2.2-liter turbo-diesel derivatives, with either 190hp or 150hp.
The front-wheel drive Range Rover Evoque with the 150hp 2.2-liter engine achieves 48mpg US and sub 130g/km CO2. The four-wheel-drive 2.2-liter 150hp delivers 42mpg US and sub 145g/km CO2. A new 240hp, 2.0-liter Si4 gasoline engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing for exceptional drivability and fuel efficiency with a 0-60mph time of 7.1 seconds.
The Evoque benefits from the same high-end innovative technologies as the larger Range Rovers. An intuitive control system and touch-screen display combines a stylish, uncluttered layout and state-of-the-art functionality with class-leading ease of use.
The display is available with dual-view technology, so that driver and passenger can view independent content. Connectivity options include Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone and audio streaming, plus a range of USB and auxiliary inputs for iPods and other portable devices.
The Evoque is the first Range Rover to offer new sound systems developed in partnership with the high-end audio specialist Meridian. The premium Meridian system offers an 825-watt, 17-speaker system that delivers the ultimate in surround-sound performance.
Other features available to Range Rover Evoque customers include:
Park Assist for automated parallel parking
Blind Spot Monitoring system
Surround Camera System with five digital cameras, including a reversing system
Full dual-zone automatic climate control, featuring a Park Heater timer facility
Hard drive navigation system
DAB/FM/AM/Sirius tuners, with hard drive virtual 10xCD multiplayer
Digital and Satellite TV, and DVD playback
Rear seat entertainment package, with 8-inch video screens, digital wireless?headphones and touch screen remote control
Keyless entry system and powered tailgate
Adaptive headlamps with auto headlamp dipping
Heated windscreen, front seats and steering wheel
Three design themes
The Range Rover Evoque offers customers more choice with three main vehicle design themes, each with its own distinctive character, exterior treatment and carefully coordinated interior package.
'Pure' combines the concept-car exterior with a stylish, clean interior in neutral colors. Soft-touch wrapped materials on the major surfaces contrast with the metal brushed aluminum trim. 'Prestige' is the ultimate in Range Rover luxury, combining a bespoke exterior that includes 19-inch wheels and sparkling metallic details with an interior that is almost entirely leather-wrapped.
'Dynamic' brings a bolder exterior with 20-inch wheels and unique bumpers, sills, grille and tailpipes. Contrasting roof and spoiler colors are available, while the premium sports interior offers sports seats with splashes of bright contrast color. The Range Rover Evoque will be manufactured at Land Rover's award-winning Halewood plant in Merseyside, UK. The car will go on sale in more than 160 markets worldwide from summer 2011.