After the Range Rover Evoque was officially announced a while ago and got everyone excited, last week, Land Rover has unveiled its bigger brother, the 5-door model, a more family appealing version of the smallest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever.
“The addition of the 5-Door to the Range Rover Evoque line-up extends the appeal of our brand still further,” said Land Rover’s Managing Director Phil Popham. “While retaining everything that’s great about the Range Rover Evoque coupé, this new 5-Door bodystyle will offer customers even more choice, greater practicality, versatility and flexibility. The launch of the Evoque in 2011 will expand and revitalise the global appeal of the Range Rover marque.”
As expected, the most important new feature of the 5-door Evoque is the larger interior space. Being 30 mm taller than the coupe, this means rear seat passengers benefit from 50 mm more shoulder room, which may not be a lot, but combined with the full-sized glass panoramic roof creates the impression of very generous interior space. Otherwise, except for some minor changes, the design is identical to the 3-door version’s, maintaining the same sporty and elegant line.
“The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque has the same strong emotional appeal as the coupé, while offering the superior versatility of a family vehicle,” said Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern. “The key lines remain intact – the dramatic rising beltline, muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and the distinctive taper to the floating roofline – but with a slightly higher rear roof. The finished vehicle offers impressive levels of space and versatility whilst retaining the overall essence, visual robustness and jewel-like detailing of the coupé.”
Like we said, the 5-door Evoque’s main target will be growing families and this translates into a versatile interior, with 60/40 folding rear seats, ISOFIX child seat mounts and maximum luggage capacity of 1445 liters.
Under the bonnet, the new British SUV will get the same engine choices as its 3-door brother, which means two 2.2-liter turbodiesels delivering 150 and 190 hp and a 240 hp 2.0-liter petrol engines. As for the off-road capabilities, customers will be able to choose between a fuel efficient front-wheel-drive system and a full-time four-wheel-drive which, combined with Land Rover’s Terrain Response system and the optional Adaptive Dynamics system with MagneRide offers excellent performance on all surfaces.
Of course, being a Land Rover, the new 5-door Evoque will get top of the line features and the press release mentions Park Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Surround Camera System with five digital cameras, adaptive headlamps with Automatic High Beam Assist, full dual-zone climate control with Park Heater, digital and satellite TV, premium 17-speaker Meridian sound system and entertainment package for rear seat passenger with 8-inch displays and wireless headphones.
The 5-door Range Rover Evoque will debut on November 17 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and market launch is scheduled for the summer of 2011, with a starting price tag of 35,000 Euros ($47,600 or £30,000).