This is Land Rover’s latest car, the Range Rover Evoque. Nicknamed the baby Range Rover, it appears to offer all the luxury and technology of the full fat Range Rover, but in a smaller package and at half the price.
Prices will start from 30,000, with the top-end models expected to cost 40,000. Which looks good value, considering a new Range Rover Sport starts at 47,000.
Itll be available in two versions, either a 3 door or 5 door. Both are 5-seaters, and pricing for the two versions are expected to be very similar. There will be three engines from launch, first off are two 2.2 litre diesels, with either 148 bhp or 187 bhp. Dont expect the usual horrendous fuel economy you may associate with Range Rovers. The less powerful engine promises an impressive 58 mpg, and under 130 g/km C02, meaning road tax will only be 90 a year. With the faster engine offering 50mpg and 145 g/km CO2.
There will also be a 2.0 litre petrol with 236 bhp, no word on the running costs for that one yet, but itll have a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds.
All modern Land Rovers interiors have been exceptional, and the interior of the Evoque looks like it will be a highlight of the car. The bad news, for us at least, is that Victoria Beckham helped designed it. But dont let that put you off, because it still looks stunning.
Lots of the toys from the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover have made it to the Evoque. Including the tv/sat-nav screen which has dual-view technology, meaning the driver and passenger can watch different content at the same time. Optional extras will include a heated steering wheel, park assist for automated parallel parking and a five-camera surround video-system. Other toys include colour changing LED interior lights and a full length panoramic sunroof.
Interestingly, there is no Land Rover branding or badges visible on the car. Everything is branded Range Rover, Whereas the current Range Rover Sport and Range Rover both feature the iconic green Land Rover badge.
Its hard to imagine this not being a huge success for Land Rover. It looks fantastic, has a great brand behind it and is a relative bargain. It offers all the toys that the Range Rover has, the interior looks like one of the nicest of any car on sale, and the running costs shouldn’t be any more than an Audi A4 or BMW 3-Series.