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Small Land Rover big enough for the U.S.

Land Rover unveils the five-door Evoque at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Ahow.

Land Rover Evoque
The Evoque gained an extra set of doors for its U.S. launch. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

A few months ago we saw the debut of the Land Rover Evoque at the Paris Motor Show. This vehicle offered the luxury and off-road capability we've come to expect from Land Rover, but its two door-styling seemed too small for the U.S.

Land Rover knows its business, bringing out a slightly larger version of the Evoque at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Where getting into the rear seat of the two-door Evoque looked like a challenge, this new Evoque offers much more access with four doors and a hatchback.

Both versions of the Evoque get a new direct injection turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine, making 240 horsepower and designed to reduce Land Rover's carbon dioxide footprint, a major concern with Europe's tightening regulations.

Although small scale, the Evoque still gets all-wheel drive, along with the latest version of Land Rover's terrain selection system, letting the driver dial in the traction control systems for the type of surface the Evoque is traversing.