Evoque will be the smallest Range Rover ever built

Evoque will be the smallest Ra...
The Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque
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The Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque's interior
The Range Rover Evoque's interior
The Range Rover Evoque at the Paris Motor Show
The Range Rover Evoque at the Paris Motor Show
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At the Detroit Motor Show in January of 2008, Land Rover displayed a concept vehicle called the LRX. Labeled by the company as a "cross-coupé,” it was a sign that Land Rover was interested in moving into the world of smaller, fuel-efficient, Rav 4-like vehicles. Flash forward to the 2010 Paris Motor Show and the LRX is no longer merely a concept – it has now been unveiled as a production vehicle, which will be sold as the Range Rover Evoque. It is the smallest, lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever built.

The Evoque is 430 mm shorter and 187 mm lower than the Range Rover Sport. Even though it’s smaller, however, the company states that it’s built with the same class of materials and design considerations as the larger Rovers. It’s not just the lackluster economy model, in other words.

Consumers will have their choice of front- or four-wheel drive versions, along with three different engines: a 2.2-liter turbodiesel rated at 150PS (Pferdestärke, which is almost the same as standard horsepower), another rated at 190PS, and a 2.0-liter six-cylinder 240PS Si4 petrol engine. All three engines will be offered with an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the 150PS turbodiesel with front-wheel drive is 58mpg (4.06L/100km), with CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km.

The Range Rover Evoque's interior
The Range Rover Evoque's interior

As was seen on the LRX, the Evoque will be offered with a full glass roof. Other features will include Park Assist for automated parallel parking, an eight-inch touchscreen dual-view display (there are separate displays for the driver and passenger), Bluetooth audio streaming, and a five-camera Surround Camera System. Handling will be provided by Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, along with the optional Adaptive Dynamics system, which electronically adjusts the suspension 1,000 times a second.

There’s no word yet on price, but delivery of the Evoque is expected to begin in Q3 of 2011.

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I love the new Range Rover Evoque (wasn\'t there a concept car called the Cadillac Evoq a few years ago?) I live in the USA-- California to be exact. In a country with huge expanses of land and long commutes, I\'ll bet they only offer the top engine-- the 6 cylinder petrol (gasonline to us) engine. All the manufacturers do this to us, saving the economical models for the rest of the world and giving us the gas guzzlers! Well, I hope I\'m wrong and they send the eco diesels as well.

I also hope it is still capable of going off-road. I\'m not expecting Defender 90 capability (which hasn\'t been sold here since 1997), but snow and mud, sand and gravel. It would be nice if it entered the WRC as a rally racer if there is a class for it. Anyway, I\'ll start saving...

Now about the Defender, the dealers here kept promising they would return, but still nothing. Are there any plans for a glorious American return of my favorite LR? Or an entry level series2 type LR? Come on Land Rover, you make enough luxo trucks, how about something for the serious (read as crazy) off-roaders? Something to put the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon to shame with locking diffs, multi-speed transfer cases (why hasn\'t there ever been a 3-speed transfer case for high, medium which would be the standard low, and low such as 4-1 or lower for rock-crawling?), and tall tires of at least 38\".
I love Gizmag, but their inclusion of new car models baffles me. What technological strides are featured in this new LR?! Could it be a radical new steering system perhaps? Maybe the frame is made from some crazy new composite? No? Then why is it covered here??
This story is advertising. Unfortunately, it\'s negative advertising. The open wheel wells, unaerodynamic shape, lack of boat tail, this truck was designed to go less than 13 mph. Hopefully it will recycle soon.