Five-door Evoque set for sale this fall

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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In 2008, Land Rover unveiled its striking LRX concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Roughly two years later, the British automaker announced a much anticipated production version of the LRX concept, the Range Rover Evoque. Amid news that the Evoque will finally go on sale in North America this fall, Land Rover announced a five-door version of the vehicle in addition to the original three-door coupe.

Though the five-door is longer and sports a slightly higher roofline, it retains the same blunt good looks as the three-door Evoque. Both body styles look stout, chunky, and modern. Due to its larger dimensions, the five-door Evoque boasts more interior room than its three-door counterpart, plus there's additional practicality via its two rear doors.

Aside from the more spacious interior and those extra doors, the five-door is virtually identical to the coupe. Both body styles are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 240-horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. While Land Rover purists feared that the Evoque would be outfitted with front-wheel drive, the storied 4x4 brand promises that the new vehicle will use a permanent all-wheel-drive system. The Evoque also benefits from Land Rover Terrain Response, a system having already proven its all-weather and multi-terrain capabilities in other models within the LR line-up so therefore it should adapt well to the Evoque.

Inside, the Evoque is thoroughly modern with an available eight-inch touch-screen display and panoramic glass roof. The vehicle provides connectivity for Bluetooth mobile phones, multimedia gadgets, as well as USB devices. Perhaps the most interesting of all the Evoque's interior features is an optional 825-Watt, 17-speaker stereo system that has been developed in conjunction with premium audio company, Meridian. The Evoque is the first Range Rover vehicle to benefit from the collaboration of the two companies and the 17-speaker audio system is said to provide superb surround-sound performance.

"While retaining everything that's great about the Range Rover Evoque coupe, this new five-door bodystyle will offer customers even more choice, greater practicality, versatility and flexibility. The launch of the Range Rover Evoque in 2011 will expand and revitalize the global appeal of the Range Rover marque," said Phil Popham, Land Rover's Managing Director.

Arriving in showrooms this fall, the Evoque will be offered in three trim levels. "Pure" serves as the standard model, while "Prestige" upgrades to 19-inch wheels or optional 20s, as well as more interior luxury. "Dynamic" is the final trim choice with available 20-inch wheels and a slew of exterior modifications such as unique bumpers and tailpipes.

Evoque pricing will start at about $45,000. When it does arrive, it will be the latest addition to the Land Rover model line-up since the Freelander/LR2 went on sale back in the late 1990s.
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Topics: Crossover, SUV, 4x4, Land Rover, 2012, Evoque, $40,000 - $49,999, Compact,

Organizations: Land Rover

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