Range Rover Evoque (2011)

In brief

Based on the LRX concept, the Evoque will not only be the smallest car to ever wear the Range Rover tag, but will also be the first to offer front-wheel drive as an option.

The Evoques on display at both the Sydney and Paris motor shows had plush cabins replete high quality materials, including leather coverings on the dashboard, seats and armrests.

An eight-inch high-def touchscreen takes pride of place in the centre of the dash and can simultaneously display different things to the driver and front passenger. The sound system comes with Bluetooth hands-free and music streaming, as well as USB and auxiliary ports. An 825W 17-speaker Meridian set-up will be offered as an option.

Other tech features available on the Evoque include automated parallel parking, dual-zone climate control air-con, hard disk navigation system with CD ripping facility, digital television, DVD playback, separate rear-seat entertainment, directional headlights, blind spot monitors and surround view camera system.

At launch, the Evoque can be equipped with one of three turbocharged engines: 110kW and 140kW versions of Land Rover's 2.2-litre diesel, and a 177kW 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Depending on the choice engine, the Evoque can be had with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Outlook

The Corolla-sized Evoque will be available in Europe in the middle of 2011, with Australian sales slated for end of Q3 that year. A five-door is currently under development and will go on sale at some stage in the future.

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