Thursday, 17 May 2012

3 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review

The Range Rover Evoque is a compact SUV from Land Rover which went into production in July 2011. Land Rover along with British origin Jaguar in India is a subsidiary of Tata Motors as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Land Rover floats two Range Rovers, a Freelander and a Discovery model in Indian market. Land Rover builds the Evoque in three- and five-door forms, as well as the Freelander 2, at the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Halewood plant in the U.K.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The all new Range Rover Evoque concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show as the Land Rover LRX in January 2008. Evoque will be available in three-door and five-door body styles. This is basically a mini-sport utility vehicle compared to the tall and rugged SUVs by Land Rover. This is perhaps the smallest and lightest ever Range Rover and will meet head on with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 (not yet in India). Primarily meant to appeal to the younger, more urbane audience, Land Rover Evoque is a truly dynamic and sporty SUV. The 5 door version will be available in Pure, Prestige and Dynamic models that give myriad choices and technology.

Evoque is surely a head turner and a performer despite its small size. In the entire history of Range Rover brand since 1970, there have hardly been any models launched by Land Rover that managed to create the kind of fervor that Evoque has procured from car lovers and auto enthusiast on a global platform.

The glittering lamps as well as the rear spoiler on Evoque and the rally-like wheel arches-all make it attractive and increases the desirability for this car. Not just the exteriors but the interiors as well are captivating in this case. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque draws many similarities with its seniors and bid daddies. The switches and dial looks amazingly mesmerizing. The seats inside have chic upholstery and are supportive. The steering can be adjusted for a perfect driving position. It also inherits one touch interior lighting and split screen centre console display from its seniors. A significant option for Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque compact SUV is a large, fixed panoramic glass sunroof which adds upto cost of production.  The Evoque can comfortably house two six feet height persons at the rear in the five-door car that has extra 1.2 inches headroom compared to the Evoque coupe version. The third row is quite cramped and isn’t fit for seating.

The 5 door Land Rover Range Rover Evoque will be powered by a 2179 cc diesel engine that has a maximum power of 190 bhp and a maximum torque of 420 Nm. This diesel engine will be packed in three models of Evoque-Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. Powerful 1999 cc 240 bhp turbo petrol will also be available with Dynamic trim of Evoque. The engine will be coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox with 4 wheel drive system. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque derives its chassis from Land Rover Freelander. Evoque will be a safe SUV with eight airbags protecting the occupants. There will be electric parking brake along with Roll Stability Control and Dynamic Stability Control.  Anti-lock Braking System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution will be standard on the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. As part of the comfort features there will be a dual zone automatic climate control on the Evoque.

The 5 door Land Rover Range Rover Evoque power is doled out by a 2179 cc diesel engine that has a maximum power of 190 bhp @ 3500 rpm and a maximum torque of 420 Nm @ 1750 rpm. This engine is mated to a fantastic 6 six speed automatic transmission.

In contrast, the 1999 cc turbocharged petrol engine is more powerful as it churns out 240 bhp @ 5500 rpm and generates maximum torque of 340 Nm @ 1750 rpm. Even this mighty and muscular engine is mated to 6 speed automatic gearbox.

Acceleration & Pick-Up


The Evoque is a high segment car and fuelled by a powerful engine to meet the off-road capabilities. The 2.2 L SD4 diesel engine attains an acceleration of 8.5 kmph and top speed of 200 kmph. On the other hand the Si4 2.0 L petrol engine takes 7.6 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 kmph. Its maximum speed is a phenomenal 217 kmph. Overall both the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Acceleration & pick-up are great.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Exteriors


Range Rover Evoque is a highly pricey SUV with lush looks. The Evoque is available is 5 door and coupe body style. Three design themes are available in the 5-door version (Pure, Prestige and Dynamic) while the coupe structure is available with only one design theme. Evoque can be termed as the Range Rover’s answer to former owner BMW by creating a BMW X1 challenger and even Audi’s upcoming Q3 SUV is in hit-list. Range Rover Evoque is the smallest SUV in their range. Owner Tata Motors have ensured that Land Rover get a fair deal while coming to India and so have localized some of the components inside the cars to make them better priced than their rivals. The dynamic profile, dramatic rising beltline and muscular shoulders give Range Rover Evoque a natural presence and magnetism.

Talking about the exteriors, Evoque announces right from a distance that a small but jaw-dropping SUV is coming and indicates the passerby to stare it while this SUV sheds its beauty both on-road and off-road. The front end of Evoque looks startling. The twin horizontally inclined grille piece with the Range Rover name written above makes one fall in love with this Range Rover. The extremely sporty and sparkling paint finish, rally-like wheel arches and rear spoiler on Evoque just grabs the eye-balls. With the glittering LED and Xenon lighting head lamps and crystalline fog lamps, Evoque exudes nothing but crispness and desirability. Large tinted windscreen has rain sensing wipers. Unlike the usual white faced aluminium skid plate, a matt brushed one is used with black effect.

The use of aluminum for the bonnet and the roof, and composite plastics for the one-piece tailgate has helped to produce a vehicle weighing 220 lb (100 kg) less than the Freelander. The side profile has powerfolding exterior mirrors with memory. A fixed panoramic sunroof is adorned in all the models of Evoque with sun-blinds. Even a contrast roof is available. The coupe has rather a sloping roofline. Front and rear parking aid adds to the utility quotient about Evoque. The side profile is different in 5 door and coupe style. The alloy wheels underline two door configuration in 5 door model and single door configuration in the coupe style Evoque, respectively. Two exhaust pipes at the rear are cloaked quite under the chassis. Range Rover Evoque is a quantum leap in the evolution of Range Rover with its LED reflectors on the bumpers. 

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Engine and Performance

The compact engine alcove inside the Evoque’s bonnet doesn’t allow accommodating a V6 motor and hence the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque engine is packed by 4 in-line cylinder engines transversely placed that has 4 valves per cylinder. The latest 2.2 litre turbo diesel delivers superb torque, responsive performance and impressive refinement. The four wheel drive of Evoque is powered by the SD4 engine with 2179cc displacement that provides a maximum of 190 bhp of power at 3500 rpm and generates a torque of 420 Nm at 1750 rpm.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Engine

The Si4 petrol Land Rover Range Rover Evoque engine capacity is 2.0 litres in a lightweight all-aluminum unit with the latest direct injection technology, advanced turbo charging and twin independent variable valve timing. This 1999 cc engine produces 240 bhp power at 5500 rpm and 340 Nm of maximum torque at 1750 rpm. Both the SD4 diesel Si4 petrol engines are fitted with a 6-speed automatic transmission engineered to improve fuel economy and that features Drive Select, an advanced rotary gearshift with steering wheel mounted paddle controls.

Wheels


Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Wheels

The wheels form very important part of an SUV and Range Rover Evoque is no exception. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque wheels for ‘Pure’ model are 17 inch alloy wheel with sparkling silver finish which augments the look of Evoque further. The 10 spokes in the wheels seems to merge with the path while the car propels. The tyre size is essentially 225/65 for this. However, the other two models have slightly different wheels. Both Evoque Prestige and Evoque Dynamic have 18 inch but 7 spoke alloy wheels with glittering silver touch. The tyre size in these two design themes is 235/60. Even in icy conditions, without losing traction, the Range Rover can climb up steep inclines. Land Rover believes in quality therefore, one thing is for sure that is the alloy wheels with the tyre repair system will be of finest class and will not depreciate so easily.

Braking & Handling

Range Rover Evoque has front ventilated and rear disc brakes attached to its wheels. Typical Land Rover design traits meliorate the off-road performance and practicality with the command driving position, hill descent control and good approach and departure angles. The unseamed combination of suspension and steering technology helps to deliver superior on-road ride and dynamic handling. Range Rover has provided this SUV with a Stability program module which is said to be far better than any vehicles in the world. The hill descent system gets an adjuster which would actually adjust the speed of descent, electronically.

Like every Range Rover vehicle, Range Rover Evoque optimizes performance and capability in all on and off-road conditions. It does this by employing a suite of innovative technologies including Terrain Response, which adapts Range Rover Evoque’s engine, transmission and electronic systems to maximize drivability, comfort and traction. The four Terrain Response settings: General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud & Ruts and Sand helps ease of driving. A SUV is known for its handling and Range Rover Evoque handling is class-apart.

Handling & Safety

Land Rover has launched its brand new SUV, Range Rover Evoque in India today. Range Rover Evoque is the most efficient, smallest and the lightest range rover variant so far. The car is loaded with features that keep the ability to blow your mind away. Reportedly, the safety and handling of Range Rover Evoque is absolutely brilliant. The car features traction control, ABS with EBD technology, fog lamps, front and rear parking sensors, Electronic Stability Program, and two rear seat belts along with the front seat belts. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque safety features includes a total of 8 airbags, 2 each at the front for driver and passenger, 2 for the side curtains and the rest in second row.

The powerful all-disc brake system further adds more charm to the safety segment of Range Rover Evoque. The new Range Rover Evoque also comes with 6 speed automatic gearbox accompanied with advanced rotary gearshift that will allow the driver to experience an awesome and smooth driving. The alarm system and the keyless entry are amongst the major highlights of the new Range Rover Evoque. Some of the other safety features of this highly sophisticated car include roll stability control, hill descent control, dynamic stability control and electric parking brake. On the whole the handling of the car certainly proves to be excellent and will give other luxury SUVs in India a run for their money.

Stereo & Accessories in Land Rover Range Rover Evoque


Range Rover Evoque offers the Indian consumers will loads of features, which includes numerous accessories and an integrated powerful stereo system in Range Rover Evoque. New Range Rover Evoque features advanced voice control along with 2 multi functional HD colored displays, which enhance the entertainment quotient of the car. LandRover RangeRover Evoque music system also sports an eight inch of touch screen, which is basically a trademark of Range rover control and display interface.

Furthermore, the driver’s seat has 5 inches of colored information display. The interior mood lighting adds more charm to entire persona of the car. The meridian sound system is packed with single CD slot, file compatibility and single disc. Range Rover Evoque music system also sports impressive connectivity features, such as USB and iPod connectivity port, Bluetooth telephone connectivity together with audio streaming. Other accessories of the Range Rover Evoque comprises of climate control, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, stowage that is a centre console, rear centre head restraint and rear armrest with cup holder. All these accessories will make Range Rover Evoque a car to die for.

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