The design formerly known as the LRX was unveiled in coupe form at Paris, but the five-door Range Rover Evoque is a natural step for the purveyor of large, luxurious SUVs. To clear extra interior space for its people-carry intentions, the five-door version is 1.2 inches taller inside the cabin (thanks to a higher roofline) and over 2 inches wider to gain more shoulder room. Like the crossover-coupe design, this Land Rover is intended for four total occupants.
Other than the additional interior space, the Evoque five-door shares the same powertrain configurations. Motivation comes from a 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder with either 148 or 187 horsepower; the gasoline option is a Ford-sourced 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four developing 237 horsepower. Front- and all-wheel drive will move the wheels.
Because it bears the Land Rover badge, the Evoque must carry some semblance of off-road utility. The company’s Terrain Response system assists on loose surfaces while an optional Adaptive Dynamics with MagneRide dampers help on tarmac. Interior appointments do not disappoint as the usual luxury features will be found, including leather, metallic surfaces, full-size panoramic glass roof, surround cameras, and advanced entertainment systems.
The Range Rover Evoque goes on sale in over 160 markets during Summer 2011 and the five-door model will be available in three trim levels: Pure, Prestige, and Dynamic. The range-topping Dynamic is fitted with striking, 20-inch wheels and contrasting roof and spoiler colors will be up for order. Pricing is expected to start in excess of $40,000.