What is it? This fall, Land Rover will expand its SUV range with a new entry-level Range Rover called Evoque, which the company believes will soon become the brand’s best seller. (Don’t confuse the name with Evoq, a Cadillac concept car shown in 1999.) Available with two or four doors, the Evoque is a five-passenger SUV (a four-passenger version is optional) with a curb weight of less than 4,000 pounds. The interior looks well finished and tidy. Only one powertrain will be available at launch, a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All versions will be all-wheel drive. In adverse conditions the driver can use a terrain selector control like that in the LR4 and Ford Explorer, to adjust the throttle, traction control, and driveline settings for use on different surfaces such as snow, rock, gravel and grass. Starting price is expected to be about $45,000.
What’s new or notable? The unit-body is made from high-strength boron steel, and body parts are made of various light-weight materials. For instance, the hood is aluminum, and the front fenders and bumpers are a plastic composite. The four-passenger version uses two bucket seats for the second row.
When will it be available: Fall 2011