Making its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the Evoque heralds a new trend for Land Rover’s luxury marque Range Rover in terms of design, sustainability and appeal.

Sticking to what made the LRX concept such an audience hit when it was unveiled two years ago the Evoque is a cross-coupe – an original concept that is essentially a three-door even sportier (than the Range Rover Sport) version of the iconic all-roader.

“The Evoque marks a bold evolution of Range Rover design. With its dramatic rising beltline, a muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and a distinctive taper to the floating roofline, the Range Rover Evoque adopts a very dynamic profile with a powerful and athletic stance,” says Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern.

The Evoque’s engine line-up consists of two four-cylinder engines; a 140 kW 2,2-litre turbo-diesel unit and 177 kW 2,0-litre turbocharged petrol powerplant with direct injection and twin variable valve timing. A full-time all-wheel drive system provides maximum traction thanks to the inclusion of an updated Terrain Response system. Despite the performance potential, the Evoque emits just 150 g/km of CO2.

“These impressive figures have been achieved by the product development team’s commitment to delivering a compact and weight-efficient product, with no compromise on durability and robustness,” says Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover programmes.

Technophiles will be glad to hear that the Evoque will be fully loaded with features like an intuitive control system with touch-screen display, USB and auxiliary inputs, and 600 W Meridian sound system.

Expect the Evoque in South Africa during the last quarter of 2011.

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