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DETAILED: LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQUE INTERIOR, ENGINE

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DETAILED: LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQUE INTERIOR, ENGINE

By Andrew Ganz

Forty years after its introduction, the Range Rover nameplate has transformed into a design and style icon. To celebrate, Land Rover is expanding the brand with the decidedly city-oriented Evoque. Now, we have additional photos of the Evoque's exterior and interior -and we've learned about its powertrain.

Motivation

Confirming earlier reports, Land Rover will a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine and a 2.2-liter turbodiesel in European examples of the Evoque. The road-oriented Evoque will be offered in either front or all-wheel-drive and its off road features will be limited. Land Rover says that a version of its Terrain Response control will be available on all-wheel-drive Evoques.

Likely to usher the Evoque's introduction to the North American market, the direct-injected gas engine produces 236 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Land Rover hasn't officially revealed the source of the engine, but it is almost certainly former brand parent Ford's EcoBoost powertrain, which recently debuted on the automaker's Stateside Ford Explorer and Ford Edge.

The turbodiesels, which aren't likely to make it to North America, include 148 and 187 horsepower variants. Land Rover says that a front-wheel-drive Evoque with the 148-horsepower diesel is capable of averaging an impressive 58 mpg (Imperial) combined and emits less than 130 g/km of CO2. Both turbodiesels will be mated to automatic and manual transmissions; stick-equipped Evoques will feature a start-stop function to further cut consumption.

Stylistically speaking

The Evoque made its world debut as a two-door coupe-crossover but, judging by recent spy shots, it would seem that both two- and four-door Evoque models will be part of the model plan. Look for the four-door model to bow later this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to Land Rover, the Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced, measuring just 171 inches from head to toe. It was designed at the firm's Gaydon facility and will be produced in Halewood. The Evoque is largely based on the Land Rover LR2, itself riding on a Volvo-developed platform.

Stylistically a dead-ringer for the automaker's LRX concept car that debuted several years ago, the Evoque boasts a much more aggressive shape than any Land Rover vehicle before it.

Inside, the squared off, symmetrical dashboard theme isn't unlike that found on the LR4 and Range Rover. In Europe, three trim packages - Pure, Prestige an Dynamic - will be available. Land Rover hasn't announced North American-specifications. Pure models feature brushed aluminum trim and neutral colors, while the Prestige badge brings with it two-tone leather wrapping nearly every surface and mixed wood and aluminum trim. Dynamic adds a sport-oriented interior and the availability of a contrasting-color roof and rear spoiler.

An available 17-speaker, 825-Watt Meridian audio system highlights the list of available tech goodies. Surround Camera System, hard drive-based navigation, rear seat entertainment, blind spot monitoring and keyless access make their way down from other Land Rovers.

The Evoque will go on sale worldwide by late summer of 2011. Be sure to check this space later this month for Leftlane's live coverage of the Paris Motor Show, including the Evoque's formal auto show debut.

LINK:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/land-rover-evoque.html

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Paris Preview: Land Rover reveals the Evoque

by Jonathon Ramsey (RSS feed) on Sep 21st 2010 at 8:00PM

Here's the production 2012 Range Rover Evoque in all it's glory, and the LRX-inspired CUV is lighter, meaner and greener than anything to come from the Range Rover arsenal.

Buyers can opt for three exterior design themes: Pure, a minimalistic take with 19-inch wheels and natural colors complemented by brushed metal trim adorning the insides; Prestige, a "bespoke exterior" treatment with exclusive 19-inch wheels paired "an indulgent interior;" or Dynamic, with 19- or 20-inch wheels a reworked bodykit, and a sportier cabin complete with perforated leather seats and a bit more bling.

Inside, the interior is influenced not only by the Range Rover Sport, but by Jaguar as well. Seriously bolstered seats straddle a center tunnel where a rotary gear transmission selector rises to hand. The four-setting Terrain Response System dial has been replaced with buttons attending an illuminated menu and controls are mainly managed through an eight-inch touchscreen. Aural enjoyment is provided by the 825-watt, 17-speaker Meridian sound system with additional inputs for other peripherals.

Underneath the Evoque's hood is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that, naturally, is not called EcoBoost. Referred to as the Si4, it's been developed for North American audiences and produces 240 horsepower that runs through a six-speed automatic transmission. Electric power steering is standard, a regenerative electrical system captures energy when things get hauled down and everything is kept on an even keel thanks to a MagneRide adaptive dynamics suspension.

Sales of the LRX start in the fall of 2011, and all the info you could want can be found in the press release after the jump, while dessert is in the gallery of high-res photos below. We'll be getting even closer to it in a week's time at the Paris Motor Show.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/21/paris-preview-land-rover-reveals-the-evoque/

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