Land Rover planning a hot version of the Range Rover Evoque

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 7, 2011

In order to take on cars such as the Audi RSQ5 or the Bmw X1 xDrive28i, Land Rover is preparing a hot version of the Range Rover Evoque. According to Autocar, the new car will be powered by a high-pressure turbo version of the Ford-derived 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit found already on the Evoque.

David Mitchell, the director of the Evoque program said that he drove the engine in a prototype vehicle and the chassis can take all the power to the road.

Apparently, a big dilemma for Land Rover is how to badge this higher performance version of the Range Rover Evoque. For those who don’t know, Jaguar Land Rover has currently no performance sub-brand for the Range Rover models and the cars are only badged as supercharged.

“We'll have to look at badges or a sub-brand,” said Evoque program director David Mitchell.

Currently, the most powerful version of the Evoque is powered by the 2.0-litre Si4 Dynamic, delivering 237 bhp. The host version of the Evoque is expected to receive another 63 bhp for a total of 300 bhp.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is inspired by the LRX concept car that was praised around the world for its new interpretation of classic Range Rover design cues. By employing smart design and thorough engineering, the spirit of the LRX concept became a reality sans any compromise on Range Rover’s core values -- interior luxury, all-terrain capability and refined performance.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director, quipped that the new Range Rover Evoque evolves the classic Range Rover design by reinterpreting the classic Range Rover design cues and remaining faithful to the core brand values.

McGovern remarked that the Evoque’s rising beltline, muscular shoulder that runs across its full length, and taper to the floating roofline provide the car with dynamic and athletic stance. He added that the Evoque’s purposeful stance was thanks to wheels located on the corners. In addition, the car’s wide wheel arches are now softly integrated into the body, with the sculpted corners keeping its visual front and rear overhangs short.

Inside, the new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque offers a luxuriously comfortable cabin specified with premium materials and offered with a pleasing design. According to McGovern, the cabin of the new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque features a strong yet simple architecture with the instrument panel’s solid horizontal elements as well as the center console’s vertical lines. If they wanted, clients may have their new Range Rover Evoque feature a generously appointed cabin.

Appointments include soft, premium leather wrapping the instrument panel, doors and seats, as complemented by twin-needle stitching for more luxurious finish. Interestingly, these interior elements are highlighted by authentic and exquisitely crafted metal finishes, which reflect the interior’s superior quality.

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