Interior of the Day: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

By Trevor Dorchies | October 26, 2011
Every couple of years a vehicle enters the market and changes everything about the segment. The all-new 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque went on sale at the beginning of October and it's already pacing the SUV segment as a whole. After being on sale for less than a month the Evoque received its first major automotive honor yesterday earning Motor Trend's Sport/Utility Vehicle of the Year for 2012. The Evoque is all-new for 2012 and has the exterior and interior design and styling to back all the hype it's been receiving over the past few months. A 240 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission power the baby Rover. Leather and other soft-touch materials are slathered all over the interior with a center console that stretches into half of the cabin separating the two front seats. When you first step into the Evoque a steering wheel wrapped in black leather greets you. The amount of buttons found laced in can be a little overwhelming at first with controls for audio, cruise control, Bluetooth, and paddle shifters all stuffed in. There's also a steering wheel warming paddle added in for good measure behind the Bluetooth controls. However once you get accustomed to an F-22 cockpit's worth of buttons the Evoque opens up to be a more-than-capable SUV both on-road and off. Behind the steering wheel an instrument cluster comes to life with lights and sounds when a push button starter tells it to do so. A five-inch color display screen is wedged in between a speedometer and tachometer. This screen also works with voice activation prompts in the cluster known as "Say What You See." Upon start-up an aluminum rotary gear shifter levitates out from the center console. Underneath that is the renowned Terrain Response System awaits to configure suspension and ride quality that best suits the topography sitting underneath the 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
A Meridian sound-system lines the interior with eleven 380 watt speakers that come standard while a 17-speaker sound system is also an option. At the heart of the interior rests an 8-inch high definition touch-screen display. Here is where you'll find all of the primary controls with a display that features gauges for audio, video, navigation, and phone. If the touch screen just isn't your thing there are four keys physically present on each side of the display that cut to common screens such as Home, Audio/Video, Navigation, and Phone. iPod and MP3 connectivity is made possible through an array of auxiliary inputs including a designated iPod jack and other USB ports. A single disc CD player with a hard drive based 10-disc virtual CD changer, AM/FM/HD radio, and SIRIUS Satellite radio are also available features. The all-new 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque promises to grab attention no matter where it is.  Land Rover has long been known as a legend in the off-roading community and the new baby Rover will not disappoint. However with exterior and interior styling as attractive as the Evoque's, the real question is: Will you voluntarily leave the pavement? Source: Land Rover