Land Rover planning an extra-large version of the Evoque

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 20, 2011

Sources say that a decision will soon be made by Land Rover's design and marketing departments if a fourth model will be added to the Land Rover Range Rover lineup. What the carmaker is aiming for is to create a model that will slot between the compact Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.

The top-of-the-line Evoque is priced at around £45,000, while the current Range Rover Sport range has a starting price of £55,000. The marketing team of Land Rover believes that a new model may cost from £35,000 to £55,000. Land Rover is said to be considering the concept vehicle, ‘Grand Evoque’, to bridge the said gap.

This ‘Grand Evoque’ is expected to use the new baby Range Rover’s striking and sporty looks in a larger model. Land Rover’s designers believe that there is a growing demand for a ‘coupé SUV’ that could fit a family and that’s not as aggressive as BMW’s X6.

The US new car market has eagerly embraced the medium-size SUV but it appears that Chinese car buyers have also taken a liking to SUVs as sales have started to surge, particularly in Beijing and Shanghai.

The five-door vehicle is likely to benefit from the packaging advantages of Land Rover’s new LR-MS platform (which takes inspiration from the Ford EuCD platform that the Freelander uses and which also underpins the Evoque). The model’s supporters say that the Grand Evoque will gain from being given an aggressively sporting look but still offer plenty of interior space, particularly in the rear.

The new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door reiterates the brand’s commitment to environmental sustainability by featuring the same compact footprint as well as advanced technologies as its coupé sibling. In fact, the brand is positioning the Evoque to be its smallest, lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover to date. Land Rover made sure that the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door is able to deliver optimal efficiency, it employed lightweight construction techniques and introduced a new range of advanced petrol and diesel engines with direct injection and stop-start technologies.

Also available in a front-wheel variant, the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door comes with low carbon dioxide systems like Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS). Land Rover's Managing Director Phil Popham remarked that the design and development of the Range Rover Evoque focused on enhanced sustainability. This has allowed them to offer a highly-efficient coupé or 5-Door model, both of which are not only relevant and desirable, but are also very contemporary. Upon closer look, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door reveals a design that reinterprets the LRX concept, offering a vehicle that boasts of the stance and athletic appeal of the original cross-coupé and the enhanced functionality of a 5-Door body style.

Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern, quipped that the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque offers the same strong emotional appeal as its coupé sibling, while still boasting of the superb versatility of a family vehicle. He noted that the key lines of the Evoque remain intact on the 5-Door version, especially on its rising beltline, muscular shoulder, and the characteristic narrowing on the roofline as well as a slightly higher rear roof. As a result, the new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door offers a high level of roominess and versatility with the essence, visual elegance and detailing of the coupé version.

Interestingly, Land Rover was able to offer a spacious interior in Range Rover Evoque 5-Door without enlarging the compact footprint of the coupé model, which means that both models still have the same overall length and width. Thanks to its smart design, clever packaging and precise engineering, the Evoque 5-Door is able to deliver the core Range Rover values -- luxury, refined performance and all-terrain capability – without going astray from the spirit of the LRX concept design. Inside, the Range Rover Evoque features an elegant interior laden with premium quality materials.

Customers could even opt for soft, premium leather with twin-needle stitching on the surface of the doors and seats as well as the instrument panel. Since the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door is around 30 mm taller than its coupe sibling, its cabin features more space and versatility. In fact, those sitting in the rear cabin enjoy over 50 mm more shoulder room and a generous headroom.

This sense of space and interior comfort are further augmented by the vehicle’s full-sized glass panoramic roof, which showers the cabin with natural light and provide even greater headroom. For customers with families, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door could be an exciting proposition as it offers the versatility and cargo space of a compact station wagon. Its rear seats – complete with seat belts and head restraints for three passengers – feature 60/40 folding seat squabs and come with ISOFIX child seat mounts. Drivers could even expand the vehicle’s cargo capacity to 1,445 liters.

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