Range Rover Evoque to arrive this fall

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Land Rover's compact LRX concept vehicle drew instant popularity when it debuted back in 2008. Later on in 2010, the concept was approved for production and became formally known as the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Now, Land Rover has announced that the production version Evoque is ready for sale and deliveries of the new sport utility vehicle, (SUV) will arrive this fall.

Land Rover's Evoque is powered by an all-new turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower, the engine is mated to an updated six-speed automatic transmission. Apart from it's powertain, the Evoque has a bevy of technological features as noted by David Mitchell, Land Rover's Chief Program Engineer.

"The Range Rover Evoque provides the complete Range Rover experience, but packaged into a smaller, more attainable car. Many of the new customers will be more youthful, tech-savvy buyers, whose expectations will be exceeded with the rich array of premium features that will make ownership a real pleasure." said Mitchell.

Contemporary trimmings include a hard-drive based satellite navigation system as well as connectivity for Bluetooth equipped items, Apple iPods and USB devices. However, there are more exclusive offerings available. Such offerings include a touch screen remote control, wireless headphones, an 8-inch high definition touch-screen display and 8-inch video screens mounted to the front seat headrests.

A standard 380-Watt 11-speaker sound system from Meridian is standard fare, but an upgrade to an 825-Watt 17-speaker Meridian unit with surround sound capability is optional. The Evoque can even be outfitted with a Surround Camera System which makes use of 5 digital cameras to provide a 360 degree view of the surrounding area on the Evoque's touch-screen display.

Like a true Land Rover, the Evoque has been designed with off-road credentials in mind as Mitchell explains. "While the Range Rover Evoque is geared towards delivering sporting and fun-to-drive handling on the road, it will still be at home on a variety of terrains. Exclusive technologies, like the patented Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control systems, provide the Range Rover Evoque with a unique competitive advantage when the going gets tough."

"Control" appears to be the Evoque's keyword when it comes to traction and stability systems, with its equipment list featuring Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control (HDC) with Gradient Release Control (GRC) and lastly, Engine Drag torque Control (EDC). In addition to the long list of traction and stability systems is the Evoque's permanent all-wheel drive system which can change the front-to-rear torque split through the use of an electronically-controlled Haldex centre coupling. The setup is claimed to deliver optimum traction and balance.

Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque will compete with other premium compact SUV's such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK, the BMW X1/X3 and the Acura RDX. Though it is a late entry to the segment, the Evoque's blend of rich British luxury, technological features, unique styling and its many all-terrain systems should make it an enticing alternative for consumers.

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Topics: Crossover, SUV, Land Rover, 2012, Range Rover, Evoque, $40,000 - $49,999, Compact,

Organizations: Land Rover

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