With only a few days left until the Paris Motor Show will open its gates, Land Rover has released extra details about their upcoming crossover beauty, the Evoque.
Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover said, “These are exciting times for our business as we continue to widen our portfolio with this all-new addition to the Range Rover line-up. Not only will the Range Rover Evoque increase our worldwide market share, it demonstrates our commitment to building sustainable, yet highly desirable products.”
Dr. Speth continued, “The Range Rover Evoque helps to define a new segment for premium compact SUVs which are more sporting and stylish. It makes a strong statement about the future direction of the Range Rover brand, and will have a powerful emotional appeal to a very broad range of premium car buyers.”
The Evoque will be the smallest member of the Range Rover family and, due to the use of advanced lightweight materials, it will also be the lightest Range Rover available. The British company also promises the Evoque will be most-fuel efficient Range Rover, the main argument being the efficient powertrain the Evoque will have.
And speaking of powertrain, the company has announced the SUV will feature an all-new 240 hp 2.0-litre Si4 turbocharged engine “combining six-cylinder refinement and performance with four-cylinder fuel economy”. Permanent all-wheel drive and an updated six-speed automatic transmission will also be available.
Though it is smaller, Land Rover wants to make Evoque a true Range Rover, fitting it with an all-new chassis specification with optional Adaptive Dynamics featuring MagneRide and all-weather, all-surface capability with Land Rover Terrain Response.
Of course, no compromises were made to passengers’ comfort, so the Evoque will feature a premium cabin with high quality materials, a full sized glass panoramic roof and almost all currently available Range Rover technologies including Bluetooth audio streaming and optional Surround camera system.
Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover said, “The groundbreaking all-new Range Rover Evoque takes the brand into exciting new territory. Highly relevant and contemporary, the Range Rover Evoque will appeal to a whole new group of customers who may not have considered a Range Rover before.”
“For this highly distinctive product, we have chosen a distinctive name. The all-new Range Rover Evoque will be sold in over 160 countries worldwide, and its name will be instantly recognizable across language and cultural boundaries throughout the world. Evoque implies exclusivity and arouses emotions, and has a sophisticated aura which matches the car’s urban elegance,” he added.
Though Jaguar and Land Rover were acquired by India’s Tata Motors, the company is very proud that the Evoque has been designed, engineered and will be produced in the UK, with more than 1000 new jobs coming to Land Rover’s plant in Halewood, Merseyside and around 80% of the Evoque production going to export. After next week’s debut at the Paris Motor Show in France, Range Rover will announce when they’ll start taking orders for the Evoque, but the first customers will drive their brand new car starting with Fall 2011.