When the 2012 Range Rover Evoque starts selling in the U.S. in the fall, be ready to pay from $43,995 (including destination charges) for the five-door configuration and from $44,995 if you want the three-door model. This compact luxury SUV, Land Rover’s lightest model ever, weighs only 3,680 lbs in the five-door trim.
The American-spec version is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine from Ford that has an output of 240 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
The Evoque is equipped with a six-speed automatic and Haldex all-wheel drive as standard. The Evoque is much smaller than its siblings and is meant to be a sportier, on-road crossover. It’s also very stylish and is fitted with LED lighting, premium leather upholstery, and a flashy set of alloy wheels.
The reduced weight is the result of using aluminum chassis components and a plastic bodywork. It’s claimed that the Evoque could accelerate from zero to 60-mph in 7.1 seconds and it’s capable of reaching a top velocity of 135 mph.
Land Rover estimates that it can offer fuel-economy ratings of 19/28 mpg (city/highway). There are reports that a hybrid version will be released later. The Evoque is a true global model and will be made available in 160 countries. The North American dealerships will receive the vehicles in the fall.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door is the British car brand’s way of saying that they are committed to the environment. It is Land Rover’s most fuel saving, lightest, and smallest Range Rover to date.
Environmental sustainability is seen in the lightweight construction that gives drivers the optimum efficiency. You can choose between the standard four-wheel drive and the front-wheel drive. Tree huggers would also love the latest technology in diesel and petrol engines that they use, both featuring stop-start and direct injection mechanisms. Meanwhile, the car has a low carbon dioxide footprint thanks to the Electric Power-Assisted Steering.
Phil Popham, managing director at Land Rover, explains that improved sustainability is at the heart of the development and design of the new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door. Additionally, Popham relates that the carmaker is offering their buyers the chance to choose between a highly efficient coupe and the distinctive 5-door styles. And you really do not have to worry about choosing one over the other, as both are very modern, highly sought after, and highly relevant.
Coupé or 5-Door? The Lowdown.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door improves on the design of the LRX concept car. Think of it as getting the dynamic and dramatic appearances of the cross-coupe, plus the improved functionality of the 5-Door design.
Land Rover design director, Gerry McGovern explains that the new Evoque stirs up the strong emotional appeal that enthusiasts feel with the coupe, but it can function as a family vehicle as well. McGovern further explains that the key lines are still there: the distinctive tapering that goes through the floating roofline, the dramatic upward beltline, and the muscular shoulder that runs across the entire length of the Evoque. A minor change is that the rear roof is somewhat higher.
And while you get more space inside, it does not mean that the car itself is bigger. In fact, the overall width and length of the new Evoque are similar to those of the coupes. Smart design, clever packaging and meticulous engineering all mean that the new car remained faithful to the LRX concept design, while also giving you the all-terrain power, great performance, and luxury that you have come to expect from the Range Rover.
The first thing you would notice upon seeing the interiors is the elegant and luxurious elements that are made out of high quality materials and just what you imagined a Range Rover would have.
You can opt for premium leather to cover the seats, doors and instrument panels. These are beautifully tailored and features elegant stitching to add more exquisiteness to the look of the interior.
The Evoque is 30mm taller than the coupe variety, giving you more space and flexibility. The passengers at the rear will have more shoulder room and headroom. Overhead, you have the full glass roof that allows natural light to come into the cabin.
And if you have a growing family, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door should be perfect for you as it has luggage space that rivals that of a compact station wagon. If you need it, you can get more luggage capacity up to 1445 liters.
The passengers could sit at the back and they can all be extra safe with the head restraints and seat belts. The Evoque 5-door features ISOFIX child seat mounts and folding seat squabs.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door gives you a refined driving experience that is characterized by awesome performance, sporty handling, and smooth sailing.
Murray Dietsch, Land Rover programs director says that the car possesses the same sportiness as the coupe, with a focus on agility and a fun driving experience. You do not have to go off-road to respect its capabilities; you can appreciate the fun ride in your daily commute. Dietsch adds that the Evoque also has advanced technologies, including the MagneRide, which gives you top-notch performance without having to sacrifice comfort and refinement.
Further, you can choose to add in the Adaptive Dynamics system that gives you better handling and an even smoother ride.