2012 Range Rover to be inspired by the Evoque

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 4, 2011

The latest spy images of the 2012 Range Rover offer proof that this model is significantly influenced by the new Evoque. The most obvious feature derived from the Evoque is the sloping roofline of the smaller Range Rover.

A disguise was placed on top of this Range Rover prototype but it can’t hide the fact that the roofline of the new model will drop considerably towards the tailgate. This is pointing to the new styling direction that the flagship luxury off-roader is on.

According to Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern, the new Evoque would heavily influence future Range Rover models. He said that the Evoque will represent the “future Range Rover attitude.” He added that some aspects of this design hold the key. On the Evoque, we would no longer see a level window line and the body’s side and glass areas would no longer be equal.

However, the signature floating roof is retained. Another new feature for the flagship Range Rover is a radically sloping front windscreen, making it appear sportier. In addition, it gets a more aggressively sloping rear windscreen, a design feature that emphasizes its sporty feel.

The new 4x4 has additional legroom. This feature also enhances the appeal of the exterior. This higher-grade design, aside from the other new elements, is expected to please the rising number of Range Rover owners who use their car as a chauffeur-driven limo.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque brings the widely-acclaimed LRX concept car to life, sticking to its guns when it comes to the concept car’s innovative cross-coupé design.

The Range Rover Evoque features great craftsmanship, outstanding performance and utmost luxury, following the characteristics that the Range Rover brand is known for. But it packs all these in a smaller package. The Evoque also tops all the other Range Rovers with its level of fuel efficiency and lightness. It emits less than 130 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide, proof that even premium SUVs can aim to be environmentally sustainable.

Land Rover managing director Phil Popham says that the groundbreaking Range Rover Evoque takes the brand into a territory that they have never been in before. The SUV is contemporary and very relevant, and will appeal to a whole cross-section of new customers who might not even think about buying a Range Rover before.

The Land Rover Evoque was given a distinctive name because it is set apart from the rest of the SUVs in this segment and its fellow Range Rovers. The new SUV will be sold in more than 160 countries all over the world and the name will be instantly identifiable no matter where it is launched, Popham states.

More than that, the Evoque has an elegant aura that matches its urban sophistication. The Evoque, Popham declares, would imply “exclusivity” and elicits emotional states.

Land Rover’s Ralf Speth chimes in that the Evoque has been engineered, designed and is manufactured in the United Kingdom. That will create at least 1,000 jobs at the British carmaker’s Halewood plant located in Merseyside. The jobs and the fact that more than 8 out of every 10 Range Rover Evoque that are manufactured will be shipped abroad means more support for the country’s economy.

The history of the Range Rover design

The new Evoque gets its inspiration from the LRX concept car. The concept car was praised around the world for its modern take on the classic Range Rover designs.

Making the LRX concept car into a reality was the product of meticulous engineering and smart design. It helps that the Evoque retains the luxurious interiors, capability in all terrains, and outstanding performance that every Range Rover owner has come to love and expect.

Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern remarked that the Evoque makes a big step away from the traditional exterior design of the older Range Rover SUVs, and makes it better by interpreting these design cues in a different way but also staying true to its brand characteristics. McGovern says that the distinctive taper that the floating roofline has, the muscular shoulder, and the sharply rising beltline all give the Evoque a dynamic appearance with an aggressive stance.

The carmaker has placed the wheel farther out into the corners, giving it a more aggressive stance. The wide wheel arches are integrated seamlessly into the body and the corners are meticulously sculpted, thus making the SUV appear to have very short front and rear overhangs.

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