Small is beau­ti­ful from Range Rover

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby fred­

THIS is the baby Range Rover, the Evoque, which will be on sale next sum­mer at around £30,000 for the twowheel-drive model.

Fit­ted with an ad­vanced turbo diesel en­gine, this model will give nearly 60mpg on the of­fi­cial av­er­age tests.

Pro­duc­tion will start soon at the com­pany’s fac­tory at Hale­wood, Liver­pool, along­side the Land Rover Free­lander, bring­ing job se­cu­rity to the fac­tory which once made the Ford Es­cort and, un­til re­cently, the Jaguar X-Type.

The 2.2-litre tur­bod­iesel is of­fered in 148bhp and 187bhp tune. The fron­twheel drive Range Rover Evoque, with the 148bhp mo­tor, gives a pro­vi­sional 58mpg and sub-130g/km CO2 read­ing. The four­wheel-drive ver­sion delivers 50mpg and sub-145g/km CO2.

A 236.6bhp, 2.0-litre petrol en­gine, from the lat­est Ford Mon­deo Eco­boost range, com­bines di­rect fuel in­jec­tion, tur­bocharg­ing and twin vari­able valve tim­ing for a 0-60mph time of 7.1 secs.

Some­where un­der the Evoque is the Free­lander plat­form and they share 30 per cent of parts. How­ever, the Evoque uses light­weight alu­minium for weight man­age­ment and, of course, has a more lux­u­ri­ous and be­spoke body and in­te­rior.

At heart it still has to be tough, and the 4x4 ver­sions will use the com­pany’s in­no­va­tive Ter­rain Re­sponse off-road sys­tem.

Mur­ray Di­etsch, di­rec­tor of Land Rover pro­grammes, said: “These im­pres­sive fig­ures have been achieved by the prod­uct devel­op­ment team’s com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing a com­pact and weight-ef­fi­cient prod­uct, with no com­pro­mise on dura­bil­ity and ro­bust­ness.”

The mod­els will be known as Pure, the leather-rich Pres­tige, and Dy­namic – this lat­ter (above) with 20in wheels and body en­hance­ments.

Mur­ray Di­etsch: “The Evoque of­fers a pol­ished driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that com­bines dy­namic and sporty han­dling with re­spon­sive, ef­fort­less per­for­mance and re­fine­ment

“ We’ve tuned the chas­sis and steer­ing to de­liver pre­cise and re­spon­sive steer­ing at lower speeds, mak­ing the car nim­ble and fun to drive.”

The Evoque has its pre­miere at the Paris Show, next week. Its Bri­tish de­but will be at the London Boat Show, in Jan­uary. New jobs: Jaguar Land Rover said this week it is want­ing more than 1,000 tal­ented en­gi­neers, su­per­vi­sors and pro­duc­tion op­er­a­tors to help build the Evoque.

SMALL BUT PER­FECTLY FORMED: The Evoque, ‘baby’ Range Rover.

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