Thursday, November 18, 2010

Range Rover Evoque 5-Door Blasts into LA Show

Following the presentation of the three-door model earlier this year, the five-door version of the all-new Range Rover Evoque made its global public debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Despite the added practicality and -according to Land Rover- slightly more spacious cabin, the 5-door Evoque looks as good as it's three-door sibling.

"The addition of the five-door to the Range Rover Evoque line-up extends the appeal of our brand still further," said Land Rover's Managing Director Phil Popham. "While retaining everything that's great about the Range Rover Evoque coupe, this new five-door bodystyle will offer customers even more choice, greater versatility and flexibility."

The new 5d model measures 1.18 inches (30mm) taller than the so-called coupe model offering more headroom, while rear seat passengers also benefit from over 1.97 inches (50mm) more shoulder room. When required, the Evoque's luggage capacity can be expanded to a considerable 51 cubic ft (1445 liters) with the rear seats folded down.

While European buyers will get the option of diesel powerplants, here in the U.S. the Evoque 5d will be offered exclusively with a 2.0-liter Si4 gasoline engine that combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing, for an output of 240bhp and a 0-60 mph [96 km/h] sprint time of 7.1 seconds.

At launch, U.S. models will come fitted with standard permanent all-wheel-drive with the Land Rover Terrain Response system and a six-speed auto transmission.

North American deliveries will begin from Fall 2011 with indicative pricing starting from around $45,000.


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