Sustainability is at the heart of the design of the Range Rover Evoque. Photo / Supplied
Range Rover will present its five-door Evoque at the Los Angeles Motor Show next week, about a year before its arrival in New Zealand.
The five-door joins the three-door “coupe” that first appeared at the Paris Motor Show last month. Both vehicles have been added to the Range Rover range to expand the attractiveness of the premium brand.
The new four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines using smooth hybrid technology will also help Range Rover meet the new fleet emission standards set for Europe in 2012.
So will the choice of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, the first for the all-terrain specialist.
Phil Popham, general manager of Land Rover, father of Range Rover, says the five-door body has the same footprint and compact technologies as the three-door.
“Improved sustainability has been at the heart of the design and development of the Range Rover Evoque,” he said. “We offer customers the choice.”
The five-door is 30mm taller than the coupe and offers more margin and shoulders at the rear. Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern said he was trying to retain the coupe’s “emotional appeal” on all five doors.
“The key lines remain intact: the spectacular upward belt line, the muscular shoulder that runs the entire length of the car, and the distinctive taper of the floating roof line, but with a slightly higher rear roof,” he said.
“The finished vehicle offers impressive levels of space and versatility, while retaining the overall essence, visual robustness and details similar to coupe jewelry.”
The Evoque is the first Range Rover to feature a high-end specialist Meridian sound system.
The choice of engines includes two turbocharged diesels and a gasoline unit coupled to six-speed manuals or six-speed automatic gearboxes.
2.2-liter oil burners offer 112kW or 142kW and up to 400 Nm of torque. Land Rover claims a CO2 exhaust emissions rating for the 112 kW front unit of 135 g / km.
The 2-liter gasoline engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and two-valve timing to provide 180 kW.
Land Rover calls it the Si4, but it’s almost identical to the Ecoboost engine that Ford New Zealand will use under the hood of the Ford Falcon starting next year.
Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover programs, said: “We have combined state-of-the-art transmission equipment with a lightweight body and a range of low-carbon technologies to deliver fuel-efficient fuel efficiency, which is excellent for a Top quality SUV “.