Range Rover has announced the first specification details for its new entry-level Evoque model. It’s also indicated that prices for the new car will start at £30,000 when it goes on sale in 2011.
The new Range Rover Evoque makes its public debut at the Paris motor show next week.
Front-wheel drive and under 130g/km CO2
The Evoque will become the cleanest, most efficient vehicle Range Rover has ever produced.
Combining three-door coupé looks heavily influenced by the LRX concept car with the option of two-wheel drive only for the first time on a Range Rover, it offers CO2 emissions below 130g/km and combined fuel economy of 58mpg.
Initial engine choice will comprise two 2.2-litre turbodiesels, offering 148bhp or 187bhp and similar to those found in the latest iteration of the Land Rover Freelander, plus a brand new 2.0-litre Si4 turbo petrol with 236bhp.
This last is claimed to reach 60mph from standstill in just 7.1 seconds.
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Off-road and on-road
While the front-wheel drive versions concentrate on maximising fuel economy, and making the Range Rover more socially acceptable, four-wheel drive Evoques will also be available, satisfying the brand’s reputation for off-road prowess.
To this end the Evoque offers ‘generous’ ground clearance, plus breakover, approach and departure angles that send it straight to the top of the compact SUV class. It will also come with Range Rover’s Terrain Response system to maximise off-road grip.
In contrast new MagneRide adjustable dampers will help make the Evoque the most capable on-road Range Rover as well, with the company promising sharp handling and high speed composure.
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Packed with technology
Given Range Rover’s premium market positioning, it’s no surprise to discover the new Evoque will be packed with technology.
This includes the option of dual-view touchscreen displays, already seen in other Range Rovers, Jaguars and Mercedes cars. It allows the passenger to watch television or a DVD while the driver follows the satellite navigation – on the same eight-inch screen.
There will also be an optional 825w 17-speaker Meridian surround sound system, while more routine features, such as Bluetooth, USB connection, Park Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, adaptive headlights and DAB digital radio are available, too.
Further innovative features include a Surround Camera System, which uses five digital cameras to give a total view of the exterior of the car and make parking a breeze, dual-zone climate control with a heated steering wheel and Parking Heater timer to warm the car up before you get.
Pure, Prestige or Dynamic
Range Rover has also confirmed three trim levels for the Evoque – Pure, Prestige and Dynamic.
Pure is described as ‘stylish’ and ‘clean’, with a soft touch interior in ‘neutral colours’; the brushed aluminium trim presumably prevents us from calling it ‘sparse’.
Prestige is the luxury spec, the interior ‘almost entirely leather wrapped’, the exterior bespoke with 19-inch alloy wheels and ‘sparkling’ metallic details.
Dynamic is the sports version, with more aggressive bodywork, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a contrast roof colour option. The interior features sports seats, also available with contrast colour detailing.
Available summer 2011
The new Range Rover Evoque will be built in the UK and sold in over 160 markets around the world. First customer deliveries are expected to commence in summer 2011.
The £30,000 entry-point has been officially mooted by Range-Rover, but is subject to future economic circumstances.
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