Small is beautiful from Range Rover
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.