Evoque ready to bloom

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL DOWL­ING

CHIC English rose, the Evoque, blooms here in Novem­ber with a choice of en­gines, doors and pos­si­bly a cheaper two-wheel drive op­tion.

But even be­fore it gets here, de­mand has cre­ated 50 in­quiries a week, says Land Rover brand man­ager Tim Krieger.

An un­spec­i­fied num­ber of prospec­tive buy­ers has paid the $5000 hold­ing de­posit.

The Free­lander-based small SUV from Land Rover is cre­ated to com­pete in the grow­ing pres­tige com­pact SUV sec­tor along­side the BMWX1.

Krieger says the Evoque— to be shown at the Mel­bourne mo­tor show in July — is aimed pri­mar­ily at the ur­ban SUV sec­tor.

But, sur­pris­ingly, it will re- tain the Free­lander’s of­froad­spec­i­fied Ter­rain Re­sponse 4WD sys­tem.

Both the three and five­door mod­els will be avail­able later this year, he says.

‘‘It’s a bit early for ex­act pric­ing, but we’d ex­pect it to start about $60,000 for the five door,’’ Krieger says.

‘‘We don’t see it can­ni­bal­is­ing Free­lander sales. The two ve­hi­cles will ap­peal to dif­fer­ent buy­ers.’’

Evoque is aimed pri­mar­ily at the ur­ban SUV sec­tor

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