Larger than life
Born out of the LRX concept vehicle, the Evoque looks as if it broke out of Land Rover's design studio before the marketing department even had the chance to subdue its out-of-this-world styling and over-the-top features. This crossover coupe's character is defined by its rising beltline and tapered roof, while the squinted front and rear lamps, muscular vented clamshell bonnet, and lavish 19-inch rims let you know that it can drive through solid concrete walls - just like a true Range Rover should, but without the heft. In fact, it measures 432mm shorter and 178mm lower than the Range Rover Sport and tips the scales at a mere 1,731kg.
Underneath the Evoque's huge bonnet resides an all-new 240 horsepower Si4 turbocharged direct-injected 2.0L four-cylinder petrol engine sourced from Ford. And when paired to its six-speed auto slush box, it can make the dash to 100 km/h in just 7.1 seconds - impressive numbers for any SUV.
Party on wheels
In today's iPhone-dependent society, the Evoque is an orgasm of touch-screens, cameras, and eardrum-busting sound systems that can put any Apple store to shame. There's a total of three 8-inch touch-screen displays, five digital cameras for a full 360 degree surround view, a Meridian audio system, a 380 watt 11-speaker system, and two digital wireless headphones with touch screen remote control at the back.
Creature comforts inside include customizable ambient lighting, tailored designer seat covers, wood veneers, and metal trims. The seating is good for five full-sized passengers, although the three-door coupe has about 50mm less shoulder and 30 mm less head room than the five-door version.
On the rough stuff
As it bears the name of Ranger Rover, the Evoque is equipped to be as capable off-road as it is on-road. It stands on a dynamic MagneRide suspension system that adapts damper settings depending on terrain. Plus, the Terrain Response suits the Evoque's engine, gearbox, and stability systems for general driving conditions such as grass, gravel, and snow, or for rough and tumble off-roading on mud and sand. And there's always Hill Decent Control (HDC), Hill Start Assist, and Gradient Release Control (GRC) to compensate (or enhance) for your driving skills.
Additionally, the Evoque is the first ever Range Rover to be offered with a two-wheel drive option, which just goes to show that not all Range Rovers ever leave the pavement.
Great things come in small packages
Summed up by Mr. Wellington Soong, President and Chairman of Land Rover Philippines, “Range Rover Evoque is a new generation of SUV that attracts customers who have not previously considered getting an SUV. However, it stands out from the crowd with its performance and design features that can only be experienced from a premium Land Rover vehicle.”
This sleek crossover coupe is now available in three design themes - Pure, Prestige, and Dynamic - at P5.2-million for the five-door and P5.5-million for the three-door version. Stand a class above with its 12 exterior colors, three contrasting roof colors, and five alloy wheel designs. See it in the flesh at the Land Rover Activity Center at the 32nd & 4th Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
The all-new Range Rover Evoque. You deserve it.