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All-new Range Rover Evoque premium compact crossover:
Stretching the Range Rover aura gets LR two brand names

Evoque: Land 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.

Four-wheel-drive 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 platform).

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).

Designed, engineered 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.

 Design

Range Rover Evoque: to be 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 an option.

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.

 Interior

Instrument cluster with illuminated needles and chaplets.

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 needles and 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 surround-sound performance.

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.

 Handling

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 character.

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.

 Adaptive Dynamics

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.

 4WD or 2WD

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.

Optional leather with twin-needle stitching.

A front-wheel-drive model is also available, with the logically expected lower fuel consumption.

 240PS Si4

Evoque has an all-turbocharged petrol (gasoline) or diesel engine line-up, twinned 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.

 2.2l TD

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 emissions. Land Rover says that over 60 per cent of components are either all-new or significantly modified.

The 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 emissions of 149g/km.

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.

 Weight reduction

Starting at 1600kg, Evoque is the lightest Range Rover ever.

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 knuckles.

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.

 Active safety

Available 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.

 Traction and stability

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).

LED rear 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 maximising traction.

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
- Sand.

An additional 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.

 Testing

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.

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