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The littlest Land Rover

Land Rover unveils its Evoque model at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Although it may seem Land Rover has compromised its principles, the Evoque embodies all of the off-road capabilities of its big brothers. Not only does the ride height allow for acceptable breakover angles, the four-wheel-drive Evoque comes with all of Land Rover's off-road systems, and includes a magnetic active suspension. <br><br> <a href=""><b>Back to 2010 Paris Motor Show</b></a>
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Land Rover Evoque
Land Rover unveils the Evoque at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Wayne Cunningham/CNET

No, it's not a children's fable, the littlest Land Rover is actually a new model, the Evoque.

Faced with tightening emissions regulations, Land Rover went small, designing a new model that would get adequate power from a small engine. The result is the very modern-looking Evoque, a departure for Land Rover from its usual safari-capable tanks.

But despite the Evoque's size, it is no lightweight. Land Rover fitted it with every technology that currently makes its bigger models capable of tackling any terrain. Not only does the Evoque feature all-wheel-drive, but it has systems for descent control and rock crawling. The ride height was kept high for acceptable departure, approach, and breakover angles. It even has a magnetic suspension technology, which adjusts the rigidity of the ride depending on driving conditions.

Cabin tech includes a new audio partner, Meridian, which designed a 17-speaker 825-watt sound system for the car, maintaining an emphasis on luxury.