Land Rover will officially unveil its 2011 Range Rover Evoque at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, but we got a sneak peek last night. Here are five things you might not have known about the newest, smallest Range Rover.
1. It will be available in front-wheel drive, with a diesel engine and manual gearbox.
…But not in the United States in that configuration. For many world markets, Land Rover will sell an Evoque equipped with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel that promises incredible fuel economy. In North America, however, where a four-wheel-drive Rangie is considered sacrosanct, it will be all-wheel-drive only, assisted by an electronically controlled Haldex center differential.
2. It may be the smallest-ever Range Rover, but there have been smaller Land Rovers.
The Evoque will measure 17 inches shorter than the next-longest Range Rover, the Sport, at 171 inches. The Defender 90, which left the U.S. market after 1997, had a wheelbase just over 90 inches, and measured 160.5 inches overall. Today’s Range Rover measures 195.8 inches.
3. Three themes replace traditional trim levels.
Unlike traditional trim designations, the Evoque’s three design themes will be coordinated to offer a different overall vehicle experience. The Pure theme will be the entry-level trim, with brushed aluminum interior trim; stepping up to Prestige adds 19-inch wheels and a two-tone leather interior with wood finishes; and the Dynamic theme pairs bespoke bumpers and exterior trim, as well as an optional contrasting-color roof and spoiler, with a sportier interior that features perforated leather seats.
4. Before hitting showrooms, it’ll hit the ‘Ring.
In what is likely a first for the brand, the Evoque will be tested at the Nürburgring prior to reaching dealerships. For powertrain development testing, the Evoque will run for 5000 non-stop miles at the ‘Ring, in addition to requisite off-road testing in the United Kingdom and in the Middle East.
5. Despite its looks, the Evoque will still be a capable off-roader.
Land Rover claims the Evoque will be able to stand up to true off-roading in addition to having road-biased character traits. The automaker advertises “a significantly better breakover angle, approach angle and departure angle than other premium compact SUVs.” To aid the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, Evoque models will come equipped with a selectable Terrain Response System, Trailer Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and Gradient Release Control.
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Source: Land Rover