Video: 2012 Range Rover Evoque meets the wall

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 27, 2011

The Range Rover Evoque scored very high when it comes to safety, with an overall rating of five stars. It scored 86% protection for adult occupants, 75% for child occupants, 41% for pedestrians, and 86% for safety assist. In a frontal impact, the safety cell kept its shape well. However, the front passenger’s airbag couldn’t prevent the head from hitting the dash because it didn’t have enough pressure.

The dummy still gave a good reading but points were lost due to this. The driver’s lower areas and the bodies of the front passengers were protected well but there was only marginal protection for the driver’s chest. When it comes to the side impact, the Evoque got the highest number of points. Abdomen protection was adequate during the more difficult pole test.

However, the other parts of the body had good protection. In a rear-end crash, the seat and the head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injuries. It offered very good protection to a child occupant but it lost some points for not giving the driver enough information about it.

When it came to the pedestrian impact test, just the bumper got the maximum number of points. However, the front edge of the bonnet gave poor protection in all areas. The rest of the bonnet had poor protection in the areas where a pedestrian’s head will probably hit.

The new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is inspired by the LRX concept car that grabbed global acclaim for its thrilling interpretation of the classic Range Rover design cues. Thanks to its smart design and painstaking engineering, Land Rover was able to make the LRX concept become a reality without having to sacrifice the core Range Rover values of refined performance, all-terrain capability and interior luxury.

According to Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern, the Range Rover Evoque embodies a bold evolution of Range Rover design as it adopts new interpretations of classic design cues while staying true to its core values.

He noted that the new Evoque features a dynamic profile and an athletic stance, thanks to its dramatic rising beltline, a characteristic taper to the floating roofline, and a muscular shoulder that runs across the car. The purposeful stance of the new Evoqueis is helped by the fact that its wheels are located out on the four corners while its wide wheel arches are softly integrated into the body.

Likewise, the Evoque sculpted corners help reduce its front and rear overhangs. The Evoque’s impressive exterior is matched with a perfectly crafted and elegantly designed interior that makes use of premium quality materials. Interestingly, the new Range Rover Evoque is the only compact SUV that allows customers to lavishly appoint its cabin – like its instrument panel, doors and seats -- with soft premium leather and elegantly tailored, twin-needle stitching.

McGovern added that the strong yet simple architecture of the interior could be seen on the bold intersection created by the meeting of the dynamic vertical lines of the center console and the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel.

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