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2010-11-11 07:41

HIGH FIVE: The smallest Range Rover yet now looks more the part thanks to the addition of individual second-row seating access.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Land Rover
Model Evoque
Engine 2.2 turbodiesel, 2l turbo
Power 110-, 139-, 176kW
Transmission Six-speed auto
Weight 1 655kg
Front Suspension McPherson strut
Rear Suspension Multi-link
Little more than a month after its Paris auto show debut, Land Rover’s urban Range Rover has sprouted a five-door derivative.

The Evoque, Land Rover’s most important (and controversial) car ever, was initially revealed as being solely as a three-door offering.

Evoque is expanding though. In preparation for its display at the Los Angeles auto show next week, Land Rover’s leaked images and information concerning the new five-door version.

Bigger inside

Gerry McGovern’s arresting Evoque design is not depreciated in any way by the addition of an additional set of doors. The five-door Evoque is simply 30mm higher and slopes in a gentler curve towards its fifth-door at the rear. 

A boon of this taller roof architecture is the 35mm aggregate improvement in headroom, with 50mm more shoulder room for second-row passengers too.

From an engineering perspective the five-door Evoque gains a 60mm longer windscreen fill in the space to its higher roofline. The penalty for five-door Evoque’s more generous accommodation is a scant 30kg increase in mass. 

No drivetrain changes

The five-door Evoque will feature a similar range of drivetrain options to its three-door sibling. Reflecting its urban utility bias, Evoque has no reduction ratio transfer case or a locking differential.

For off-road progress it will rely on Land Rover’s 'terrain response' system, configured to the level of robustness found in the Freelander 2.

Terrain response’s dial set-up has been replaced with a four-setting, button-actuated system for the Evoque, neatening the centre console's appearance.

With the headline 2l turbocharged engine producing 176kW, Evoque will float over sand and offer traction security up a muddy driveway but don’t expect to conquer anything beyond mild off-road terrain.

Diesel options are twofold, with a 110- and 139kW version of the company’s well-known 2.2l turbodiesel.

Evoque will also be (controversially) available in front-wheel drive...

The Evoque should be the most dynamically agile Land Rover yet, thanks to its electrically geared power steering and Magnetic ride-adjustable shock absorbers at each corner.

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