Driv­ing a wedge

The Range Rover Evoque has been stretched into a five-door model, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

FAM­I­LIES will get a shot at the Range Rover Evoque. The new-age soft-roader is pri­mar­ily aimed at cashed-up sin­gle 20-some­things, and has al­ready been given a se­ries of lav­ish Gen-Y pre­views around the world.

But now Carparazzi has con­fir­ma­tion that there will also be a five-door Evoque for peo­ple who need se­ri­ous back-seat space.

The ba­sic shape of the Evoque is un­changed from the wedgy SUV seen last week at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show.

But the roofline stays higher for longer and there has been a slight body stretch to make space for gen­uine rear doors.

The Evoque, like al­most ev­ery ma­jor Euro­pean new­comer, is be­ing tested at the Nur­bur­gring and side-on pic­tures clearly show the work that has gone into the five-door update of Gerry McGovern’s orig­i­nal three-door de­sign, de­spite the usual plas­ter­ing of twirly cam­ou­flage.

The three-door Evoque is al­ready con­firmed for pro­duc­tion next year and sales in the back end of 2011.

This points to a five-door pre­view at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in March and the first de­liv­er­ies to­wards the end of next year. See more Carparazzi pho­tos at cars­guide.com.au

Twirly gig: the Range Rover Evoque un­der­goes tests on the Nur­bur­gring in Ger­many.

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