Evoque ready to bloom
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