The all-new Range Rover Evoque, capable of emitting less than 130 g/km CO2 along with 58 mpg, will make its global public debut at the Paris Motor Show.
It will be the smallest, lightest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever. The Evoque is very similar in design to the Land Rover LRX cross-coupé concept car, and it will be available with Land Rover all-terrain capability.
For the first ever time on a Land Rover, a front-wheel drive variant will be offered. With the 150 PS 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, this model achieves 58 mpg and sub 130g/km CO2.
The four-wheel-drive version with a 2.2-litre 150 PS turbodiesel engine delivers 50 mpg and sub-145 g/km CO2.
A 190PS 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine will also be available, as well as a new 240PS, 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine.
The Evoque will have direct injection engines, stop-start, and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS).
Land Rover claims that the Evoque will combine dynamic and sporty handling with responsive, effortless performance and refinement, with ride quality helped by Adaptive Dynamics using advanced MagneRide dampers.
The Evoque also promises Land Rover standards of off-road ability, with good ground clearance, and better breakover, approach and departure angles than other compact SUVs. It will come with the latest version of the company’s Terrain Response system.
The Evoque will be the first Range Rover to offer customers a choice between a full-time four-wheel-drive system and a front-wheel-drive option for enhanced fuel economy.
The Range Rover Evoque will be manufactured at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in Merseyside. The car will go on sale in more than 160 markets worldwide from summer 2011. Prices will start from £30,000 in the UK.