Rover credentials with Range Rover image.
Bechara Aboul-Nasr, 29 Sep. 2010: With the
world debut of the all-new Range Rover Evoque at the 2010 Paris
Motor Show (public days from 2 to 17 October), another new chapter is
starting at the British brand.
After the change of its ownership two
years earlier, from the American Ford Motor Co. portfolio to the Indian
Tata Motors group, it is the "Range Rover" nameplate which will
be stretched once again with the arrival of the "Range Rover
Evoque" premium compact crossover.
As the Range Rover Sport already extended the
"Range Rover" name in 2005 with the adoption of the Land Rover
Discovery basis to bring a midsized version of the Range Rover name, here
comes now another "Range Rover" version, a smaller one, lifting
the compact Land Rover offer a step higher that the Land Rover Freelander
(LR2 in North America), with the clearly evocative "Range Rover" aura.
or front-wheel-drive versions.
From a model name within the Land Rover brand line-up, Range Rover is
becoming a premium brand with three models: the large and top luxury Range
Rover, the Range Rover Sport (based on the Discovery platform), and now the "baby"
Range Rover Evoque (based on a modified Freelander / LR2
In other terms, why buy or "create" a new
brand name when Land Rover can position its own luxury Range Rover badge,
with three differently sized and priced models, on top of a more rugged
and affordable "Land Rover" family of related models? What can
be done between Toyota and Lexus, Ford and Lincoln, Nissan and Infiniti...
can well be done between Land Rover and Range Rover.
The Evoque is 430 mm shorter
than a Range Rover Sport.
Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "We continue to widen our portfolio with this all-new addition to the Range
Rover line-up... The Evoque helps to define a new segment for premium
compact SUVs (and) makes a strong statement about the future direction of
the Range Rover brand."
At 4350 mm, the Range Rover Evoque is 430 mm shorter
than a Range Rover Sport (and 187mm lower). It will be sold in 160
countries (deliveries from summer 2011) in
four-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive versions.
The Range Rover Evoque is presented as a
"luxurious cross-coupé" with a two-door body, it will be
joined later by a five-door version (red Evoque photo below).
and manufactured at the Halewood plant in Merseyside in the UK, over 80 per cent of the Range Rover Evoque production
is planned for export.
Range Rover Evoque:
joined later by a 5-door version.
The all-new Range Rover Evoque takes its inspiration
directly from the LRX concept car (2008), as a new, compact interpretation
of the Range Rover design identity.
Here, the wheels get pushed out to the four corners,
with wide wheel arches, and for
the first time in a Range Rover vehicle, a panoramic roof is available as
The new interpretations of classic Range Rover design
cues include the clamshell bonnet and the floating roof. Unlike previous
Range Rovers, the Evoque adopts a dynamic profile with a rising beltline,
a muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and a distinctive taper
to the floating roofline.
The front-end design comes with a perforated two-bar
grille, distinctive headlamps, bonnet vents and side vents.
cluster with illuminated needles and
Inside, the Evoque promises the quality
materials expected from a Range Rover interior, with options such as soft,
premium leather and twin-needle stitching to
the instrument panel, doors and seats. Contrasting with the natural hides,
authentic metal finishes bring in striking highlights.
The instrument cluster, housed beneath a compact curved
binnacle, features twin dials with a three-dimensional form, illuminated
chaplets (speed and RPM graduations), and are set deep in circular housings finished with
bright chrome rims.
The rotary auto shifter
'greets' the driver by rising silently.
The interior displays come with an animated
start-up sequence, while the rotary auto shifter 'greets' the driver by
rising silently into his or her hand. A range of colours can be chosen by the
driver for LED ambient illumination
within the cabin, while an eight-inch, high-definition touch-screen display is
optionally available with the dual-view technology, so that driver and passenger can
view completely independent content.
A comprehensive package is available for Bluetooth
hands-free mobile phone use and audio streaming, plus a range of USB and
auxiliary inputs for iPods and other portable devices.
The Evoque is also the first Range Rover to offer new sound
systems developed in partnership with the high-end audio specialist
Meridian. The premium Meridian offer is an 825W, 17-speaker system with
Authentic metal finishes
contrasting with the natural hides.
Other features available with the Range Rover Evoque
include: Park Assist for automated parallel parking; Blind Spot Monitoring
system; Surround Camera System with five digital cameras, including a
reversing system; Full dual-zone automatic climate control, featuring a
Timed Climate park heater facility; Hard-drive navigation system;
DAB/FM/AM/Sirius tuners, with hard-drive virtual 10xCD multiplayer;
Digital and Satellite TV, and DVD playback; Rear-seat entertainment
package, with eight-inch video screens, digital wireless headphones and
touch-screen remote control; Keyless entry system and powered tailgate ;
Adaptive headlamps with auto headlamp dipping and heated windscreen, front
seats and steering wheel.
Like the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport, the Evoque provides
all-terrain potential, enhanced by the latest version of the company's Terrain Response system. It will be the first Range Rover to
offer customers a choice between the standard, full-time four-wheel-drive
system, or a two-wheel-drive option for better fuel economy.
With its lighter weight, more compact
footprint and lower centre of gravity, the Evoque is expected to achieve a more agile
Range Rover engineers initially focused on optimising
the stiffness of the chassis systems and body structure, followed by
tuning of the suspension components and Electric Power-Assisted Steering
(EPAS) system. To enhance the precision and feedback, the steering rack is mounted on the front subframe.
Starting with the fully independent suspension, featuring long-travel coil-sprung struts front and rear,
a revised rear
suspension geometry was adopted to raise the rear roll centre.
The optional Adaptive Dynamics feature uses
MagneRide continuously variable dampers to optimise balance between nimble
handling and a supple ride.
First Range Rover
vehicle with an optional panoramic roof.
MagneRide dampers offer infinitely variable damper
settings between soft (comfort) and hard (sports) extremes, and operate by
using a special damping fluid which contains magnetic particles. When
subjected to a magnetic field, the fluid becomes more viscous, thus
increasing the damping.
Land Rover says that compared to a conventional
valve-based continuously variable damper, MagneRide is quicker to change damper
settings and has a wider operating range.
The British 4x4 specialist brand adds that Adaptive
Dynamics system monitors vehicle movements at least 1000 times/second, reacting to driver or road inputs
virtually instantaneously to give greater control and minimise body roll,
providing a balanced, flat ride. The system will also sense off-road
conditions to optimise damping accordingly.
Drivers can also select a Dynamic Mode via the Terrain
Response system, which modifies the damper settings to deliver even
tighter body control, with flatter handling and sharper responses.
The standard four-wheel-drive transmission is a
full-time system which continuously varies the front/rear torque split
using an electronically-controlled Haldex centre coupling which has been
specially calibrated to suit the Evoque's characteristics.
with twin-needle stitching.
A front-wheel-drive model is also available, with the
logically expected lower fuel consumption.
Evoque has an all-turbocharged petrol (gasoline) or diesel engine
with six-speed transmissions, automatic only for the petrol engine, and
automatic or manual for the diesel.
Petrol models feature the new downsized 240PS 2.0-litre
Si4 engine, with advanced turbo charging, high-pressure direct
fuel-injection and twin variable valve timing.
Land Rover enumerates other engine technologies,
including a Mahle sound generator for a powerful engine note during strong
acceleration, a unique fabricated sheet metal exhaust manifold (quicker warm-up and lower emissions), optimised low-friction design with
special treatments for the piston rings and tappets, an advanced
electronic management system, twin balancer shafts and an optimised
all-alloy engine construction.
Diesel models feature the
latest 2.2-litre turbodiesel, available in 190PS (SD4), 150PS (TD4) and
high-economy 150PS (eD4) derivatives. This turbodiesel range has
been updated to enhance power and torque curve while reducing noise levels and CO2
Land Rover says that over 60 per cent of components are either all-new or significantly
engine features high-pressure common-rail diesel injection with
piezoelectric injectors, a variable nozzle turbine (VNT) turbocharger, a
variable swirl system and an uprated engine management system to enhance combustion efficiency.
Modifications introduced in the
latest version include new low-noise injectors, a water cooled turbo for
improved performance, reduced piston friction,
new EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system for lower particulates, lighter engine components, faster
glow plug operation, and enhanced NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) measures.
With the manual transmission, the stop-start function
can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
by a further eight per cent, according to the manufacturer's estimates
which add that with the M66 six-speed
manual transmission, the SD4 version (190PS) gets CO2
The four-wheel-drive version combined with the 150PS
2.2-litre turbodiesel should offer (preliminary manufacturer's figures) up
to 50 (UK) mpg (equivalent to 5,6 l/100km, 41.6 US mpg or 17.7 km/litre -
conversion based on autopressnews.com figures) with CO2
emissions of 145g/km.
The front-wheel-drive, 2.2-litre turbodiesel (150PS
eD4) offers up to 58 (UK) mpg (equivalent to 4.9 l/100km, 48.3 US mpg or
20.5 km/litre) with an estimated CO2 emissions figure of 130g/km.
Starting at 1600kg, Evoque is the lightest Range Rover
Land Rover says that with weights starting around 1600kg, the new Evoque is the lightest Range Rover ever, with weight-saving
measures applied throughout the bodyshell and chassis, including an optimised steel
body structure with over 18 per cent of Boron/High Strength Steels in key load-bearing
areas, plastic front fenders and tailgate assembly, aluminium hood and roof panels,
magnesium cross car beam, aluminium front lower control arms and front/rear suspension
Smaller weight savings come from a thinner windscreen
with acoustic lamination and lighter weight alloy wheels, lightweight
laser-welded seat structures and optimised sprayed insulation materials.
The all-new lightweight, downsized 240PS 2.0-litre Si4
petrol engine weighs around 40kg less than Land Rover's 233PS 3.2-litre i6
engine, while the two-wheel-drive Range Rover Evoque is
about 75kg lighter than the four-wheel-drive version.
adaptive lights and auto-dipping function.
On the active safety side, the Range Rover Evoque gets all-disc braking system
and an electronic parking brake,
activated via a switch in the centre console (it disengages
automatically when the car moves off).
The braking system is
complemented by electronic active safety systems, including anti-lock braking system (ABS),
electronic brake force
distribution (EBD), emergency brake lights (EBL), emergency brake
assist (EBA) and corner brake control (CBC, calibrated to prevent rear end instability when braking
in corners, by optimising the side-to-side braking balance for all
four wheels, to help the driver in keeping the car in the intended path).
Other traction and
stability systems include an electronic control unit which can individually adjust the braking forces and engine torque applied
to each wheel to optimise the handling and help the driver retain control
in difficult conditions. The control unit takes into
account a wide variety of inputs including individual wheel speeds,
cornering yaw rates, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, vehicle speed,
gear and clutch engagement, brake pressure, accelerator position and the
settings of the hill descent and Terrain Response systems.
The new Range Rover Evoque also includes a new Hill
Start Assist function, which holds the brakes for a few seconds to help
the driver pull away on steep inclines, Trailer
Stability Assist (TSA) for improved towing safety, Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC) systems to enhance cornering behaviour and
stability, Traction Control System (TCS) and the Engine Drag torque Control (EDC).
lights, with jewel-like 3D petal design.
The Evoque also makes use of the Land Rover Terrain Response system, which adapts the responses of the car's engine,
gearbox, centre coupling and braking/stability systems to match the
demands of the terrain, optimising driveability and
The Evoque has four
Terrain Response settings, selected via a control on the centre console:
- General Driving (on-road and easy off-road),
- Grass/Gravel/Snow (slippery
conditions, on- and off-road),
- Mud and Ruts and
Dynamic setting is available for cars specified with Adaptive Dynamics.
With the Hill Descent Control (HDC) and
Gradient Release Control (GRC), HDC automatically restricts speed downhill
using the anti-lock brakes (enhanced with a revised interface to help the driver adjust the target
speed more easily). GRC is linked to HDC, and progressively releases the
brakes on very steep or more gradual slopes.
Land Rover says that a team of engineers are travelling to over 20
countries worldwide to test in extremes of climates over a variety of road
surfaces and altitudes, from frozen regions in Europe and Canada,
to the heat and dust of the deserts in the Middle East and
America, to motorways and city traffic.
The Land Rover Evoque test program include 8,000km (5,000 miles) driven flat-out non-stop at
the Nürburgring in the hands of a racing driver, testing chassis and
braking components to the limit, along with the powertrain and cooling
systems; a month-long durability cycle in the
Middle East, tackling punishing dirt roads, off-road sand driving and
tough inclines in intense desert heat; an off-road test cycle with thousands of
kilometres through the deep mud and clay
of the Land Rover test centre at Eastnor Castle proving grounds, the MIRA
and Gaydon durability circuits in England, and deep water and ruts of
military proving grounds.