Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Origins
The Range Rover Evoque began its life as the Land Rover LRX, a concept vehicle introduced at the North American International Auto Show in early 2008. Land Rover designed the LRX to be compatible with a slew of new efficiency-improving technologies, from biofuel compatibility to regenerative brakes.
While the Range Rover Evoque didn’t retain all of the concept model’s forward-thinking improvements, it debuted in late 2011 as the highest-mileage Land Rover yet. Features that assist its fuel efficiency include an electric power-assisted steering system and smart regenerative charging technology.
With a length of 175 inches and height of 64 inches, the car-like Evoque is 17 inches shorter and 18 inches lower than Land Rover’s high-performance Range Rover Sport SUV. It retains classic Land Rover styling cues such as the traditional clamshell hood and athletic stance, while adding new elements like a tapered roof and chiseled curves. Instead of the traditional body on frame construction employed by most off-road vehicles, Land Rover designed the Evoque with a unibody construction capable of providing a smoother on-road ride. Aluminum construction materials allow for a reduced weight and easier handling.
The Range Rover Evoque is available as a three-door coupe or five-door sedan. Three trims are offered: the base Pure, luxury Prestige, and sporty Dynamic. About the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is known for merging classic Range Rover performance capabilities and upscale appointments with an urban-friendly efficiency and practicality. A 2.0-liter 240 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides adequate pep, while a combined gas mileage of 28 mpg highway helps make the Evoque easier on the wallet. According to manufacturer estimates, the turbocharged engine reduces CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent.
The Range Rover Evoque comes standard with characteristically luxurious Land Rover details like leather upholstery and aluminum trim. But compared to its predecessors, the crossover is noticeably smaller and lower in profile and features a sportier, more contemporary interior. The Evoque also comes with a more affordable price tag than its higher-end siblings, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Features
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the same engine that powers the Jaguar XF 2.2D. The Evoque’s engine is paired with a six-speed transmission with Drive Select, which allows for optional manual gear shifting.
The Evoque is available as a family-oriented five-door model or a more streamlined three-door coupe. Three trim levels are offered. The Pure trim, so named because it is said to be the purest form of the original LRX concept car, serves as a base model. The Dynamic trim level offers a sportier stance and appearance, while the Prestige trim affords buyers a few unique luxury appointments.
Pure Range Rover Evoque models come equipped with dark privacy glass, heated body-colored exterior mirrors, rounded halogen headlamps, rear parking assist sensors, 19-inch sparkle finish alloy wheels, a tinted cabin-length sunroof, a leather steering wheel, partial leather interior, push-button start, climate control, cruise control, electric parking brake, and a 380-watt audio system. Standard safety features include an all-disc braking system, child seat anchor points, and an airbag system with driver and passenger airbags, knee airbags, side curtain airbags, and thorax airbags. Base technology features include terrain response, hill start assistance, hill descent control, rain sensing windshield wipers, an 8-inch touch screen, and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
A large center console with cup holders provides upfront storage space. When rear seats are folded down, a maximum cargo space of 51 cubic-feet is possible in the five-door model. With the three-door coupe, maximum available cargo space is 47.6 cubic-feet.
Optional upgrades for the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque include satellite radio, 20-inch chrome or alloy wheels, voice activation, and a navigation system. The base Evoque model can be further customized with a visual package, which includes headlamps with adaptive Xenon HID, high beam assist, automatic headlamp leveling, and a surround camera with towing assist. Premium and climate comfort packages are also available. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Evolution
The flagship model of the Range Rover Evoque lineup, the Prestige offers up premium features like Oxford leather interior, polished wood and aluminum trim, brighter headlamps, a larger sound system, 19-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels, and a dramatic exterior finish. The Prestige trim is only available on the five-door Evoque body.
With its more athletic body, the Evoque Dynamic measures approximately one half-inch longer and one inch taller than the Pure and Premium models. It also boasts a sportier fascia and lowered suspension. Distinctive features include perforated leather seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, and unique bumpers, grille, sills, and tailpipes. Instead of the all-terrain response system available on the other two trim levels, the Dynamic relies on a fifth sensing mode. The Dynamic trim is offered on both the five-door Range Rover Evoque and the three-door Range Rover Evoque Coupe.