Richard Aucock
22/02/2012 18:31 | By Richard Aucock, contributor, MSN Cars
New baby Range Rover Evoque

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Land Rover delivered its new Range Rover Evoque to UK customers in September of 2011, with prices starting from around £28,000. The car is available in both 3 door and 5 door models.

Read our review of the new car here
Watch a video of the Range Rover Evoque
Range Rover Evoque - our Car of the Year for 2012
Inside Halewood - home of the Evoque
Twin-test: Range Rover Evoque v Infiniti EX30d

Prices start at £27,955 for the entry level eD4 Pure 5-door 6 Speed manual 2WD model. The 4WD equivalent is £28,705. The top-of-the-range Si4 6 Speed automatic Dynamic coupé with LUX pack is available for £44,320.

The updated 2.2-litre turbodiesel has 150hp or 190hp derivatives. The 2WD (on-sale early 2012) Coupé version combined with the 150 PS 2.2-litre engine is set to achieve sub 130g/km CO2.

The new 240PS 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing for exceptional driveability and fuel-efficiency and delivers 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds. This engine is expected to be a particular hit in the US.

Trim levels
There are three trim levels to choose from: Pure, with a contemporary feel; Prestige, which focuses on luxury and Dynamic, which embraces a bold and sporting character. The car has ith 12 different colours and 16 contrasting interior designs to choose from. Would-be buyers can configure their car online.

Pure includes the following as standard: 18-inch Sparkle Silver alloy wheels, grain leather seats, heated front seats, an 8-inch high-resolution touch screen display, climate control air conditioning, an 11-speaker Meridian audio system with subwoofer, push-button start, Bluetooth for mobile phone connection and audio streaming, twin USB ports, which support portable audio connectivity and cruise control.

The handling and safety systems include Hill Launch Assist, rear parking sensors and, on 4WD versions, Terrain Response to set up the vehicle for different off-road environments, and Hill Descent Control.

Prestige includes the following as standard: 19-inch Diamond Turned alloy wheels, 'Oxford' full leather interior with real wood finishers, tailored carpet mats and chrome tread plates, metallic paint, xenon headlamps with signature LED lighting and front fog lamps, sat-nav with dynamic route guidance and voice control option, audio server, rear camera, front parking sensors and automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers.

Dynamic includes the following as standard: 20-inch Sparkle Silver alloy wheels, aluminium pedal covers, a textured metal finish to the centre console and perforated leather around the steering wheel and (manual) gearshift,and Adaptive Dynamics featuring MagnaRideT as standard for and an even sharper ride and handling. Adaptive Dynamics is also available as an option for Prestige SD4 models at a cost of £1150.

Equipment packs
The base Pure trim can be enhanced by adding a TECH Pack for £1,900. This comprises sat-nav, front parking aid, heated windscreen and windscreen washers, automatic headlamps, headlamp power-wash and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

The Prestige and Dynamic trims can be enhanced by adding a LUX pack for £4,325. This comprises powered tailgate and panoramic glass roof with power blinds, 825W Meridian surround sound audio system, 8-inch high-resolution dual-view touch-screen display, analogue/digital television, auto-dimming rear view mirror, surround camera system with tow assist, blind spot monitoring, keyless entry, 'Park Assist' system, and advanced climate control with air filtration, air quality sensor and automatic recirculation.

The Range Rover Evoque will be launched to the press in the Spring of 2011, with reviews and road tests published around that time.

Full story on the new Evoque at the Paris Motor Show

Photosynth: explore the new Evoque in a whole new way at the Paris Motor Show

Revealed: new 5 door version of the Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque is already an award-winner even before its launch. The compact SUV has been awarded Car Design News Production Car Design of the Year 2010 following a review of its groundbreaking design. It has also been awarded a coveted MSN Cars 5-star car review following our First Drive.

The new 'baby Range Rover' Evoque will be the smallest and most fuel-efficient SUV ever launched by the British brand - and its birth has also created 1,500 British jobs. UK companies have also been awarded £2 billion in contracts to build it at the British Halewood plant.

One of these was for Victoria Beckham, who's worked as a consultant for interior trims and finishes. This is as laden with technology as the larger Range Rovers - including the eight-inch 'dual view' centre screen that plays DVDs and sat-nav simultaneously.

Land Rover says the same grade of trim materials as a larger Range Rover is used here. There's also a first for the brand; the Evoque uses Range Rover's first-ever panoramic glass roof.

Alongside the images, Land Rover has also revealed the new Evoque's engine line-up. The 2.2-litre turbodiesel features heavily; it is offered in 150hp TD4 and 190hp SD4 four-wheel drive guise. The TD4, claims Land Rover, can average 50mpg and emits 145g/km CO2.

Even better will be the front-wheel drive version, offered alongside four-wheel drive models. Using a 150hp eD4 engine, Land Rover is claiming 58mpg and sub-130g/km CO2 for this Evoque model!There will be a 2.0-litre Si4 turbo petrol too, producing 240hp. This is the same engine used in the latest Ford Mondeo, and also - in 250hp form - the new Ford Focus ST due in 2012.

In creating the Evoque 'cross coupe', Land Rover wants to bring a new set of customers into the brand. Those, it hopes, who would ordinarily consider an Audi TT or BMW Z4 sports car. It's not just after BMW X1 buyers.

Land Rover admits another rival will be the new Audi Q3. This car was not on sale when the Range Rover Evoque was being developed, so it will be interesting to see how the approaches of the two luxury brands differ.

As is expected, prices are premium but, by Range Rover standards, relatively accessible. The £27,955 entry price in the UK is around £20,000 LESS than the entry level Range Rover Sport (and over HALF the price of the 'big' Range Rover).

Read on and see the new Range Rover Evoque fully exposed in our gallery!

Read our review of the new car here
Watch a video of the Range Rover Evoque
Range Rover Evoque - our Car of the Year for 2012
Inside Halewood - home of the Evoque
Twin-test: Range Rover Evoque v Infiniti EX30d

Read our review of the new car here
Photosynth: explore the new Evoque in a whole new way at the Paris Motor Show
Revealed: new 5 door version of the Range Rover Evoque
Watch a video of the Range Rover Evoque

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