The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has been grabbing attention around the world ever since it was first unveiled earlier this year. The compact luxury SUV represents a new face of Land Rover, one which maintains the sporting character associated with the automaker while also offering striking styling, a high quotient of premium content, and significant engineering investment in terms of its drivetrain and chassis. In short, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque points towards the future of Land Rover in terms of style, design and technology.
Let’s take a look at 10 things you need to know about the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
01. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Is a Styling Tour-De-Force
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is available in both two-door coupe and five-door standard editions. Yes it’s true – Land Rover has single-handedly claimed the two-door luxury crossover market with the new Evoque. Regardless of how many passenger entry points the SUV might offer, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque provides arresting exterior design, with unique bumper trim, angled sheet metal and dramatic style lines abounding. It’s also impossible to ignore the Evoque’s plunging rear roofline, a feature that is enhanced by the way the crossover’s shoulder rises to meet it via the briefest of rear pillars just ahead of the hatch’s rear glass.
02. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Is Small, But Practical
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is the smallest crossover SUV every built by the British luxury brand. This means that Land Rover is finally able to offer urban dwellers a practical daily driver option that doesn’t take up too much space when parking or navigating through crowded city streets. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the Evoque’s small size eats into its practicality – the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque can handle five passengers, and with its rear seat folded forward it can swallow up to 51 cubic feet of cargo (five-door edition), with the coupe’s cargo capacity and passenger room checking in as just slightly lower.
03. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Offers Affordable Luxury
Despites its premium position in the SUV market, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is still the least expensive Range Rover model offered by the off-road luxury manufacturer. The Evoque five-door starts at an MSRP of $43,995, which is $16,500 cheaper than the closest Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport, and tops out at $52,395 for the priciest edition of the vehicle. The Range Rover Evoque Coupe is priced slightly higher, with an MSRP of $44,995 as its starting point and $52,895 representing its most expensive model. The only way to get behind the wheel of a Land Rover for less money is to leave behind the sportiness of the Range Rover line and select the entry-level Land Rover LR2.
04. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Offers Genuine Off-Road Capability
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque wouldn’t be able to lay claim to its Range Rover heritage without displaying substantial off-road prowess. The vehicle’s full-time four-wheel drive system is married to Land Rover’s Terrain Response feature, which makes use of an array of sensors to detect the type of surface that the vehicle is traveling over and adjust suspension and traction control settings appropriately. The Terrain Response’s off-road setting can also be manually engaged.
When driving off of the beaten path, the Evoque’s MagneRide suspension adjusts itself in order to tune out the harshness of driving over uneven ground. Electronic Traction Control, Dynamic Stability Control, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist and Roll Stability Control are all on hand in order to ensure that the Range Rover Evoque stays pointed in the right direction no matter how hairy things might get on the trail.
05. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Provides A Comfortable Around-Town Ride
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is notable for its ability to balance off-road capability with on-pavement smoothness and comfort. A great deal of attention was paid to the design of the Evoque’s chassis and suspension system, with engineers isolating the vehicle’s subframes to help control vibration and harshness as well as infusing the vehicle’s monocoque body with boron steel for additional strength and stiffness. The MagneRide suspension that works so well when the going gets rough also helps to adapt the Evoque’s handling and performance to situations where gripping the tarmac is of the utmost importance, and the automobile also features an electric power steering system.
06. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Comes in Three Trim Levels
The five-door 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque can be ordered in three trims, while the two-door coupe offers two. Both body styles start out with the Pure trim, which comes with a panoramic roof, leather seats, dual automatic climate control and Bluetooth connectivity. Next up is the Dynamic model – also available on the five and two-door editions of the Evoque – which focuses on offering more aggressive, sport-oriented styling cures both inside and out. The Evoque Prestige can only be had as a five-door, and it installs the plushest interior and most extensive list of luxury features available on the crossover.
07. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Offers EcoBoost Power
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is outfitted with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that borrows its EcoBoost technology from former corporate partner Ford. This means that the vehicle is able to squeeze out impressive power from such a small displacement motor, providing 240 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque that is managed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The lightweight Range Rover Evoque is capable of spirited acceleration off the line and while passing, and the vehicle can hit 60 miles per hour from a standing start in the neighborhood of seven seconds.
08. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Is The Most Fuel Efficient Land Rover Model
EcoBoost technology doesn’t just deliver power – it also serves up additional miles per gallon compared to more traditional engine designs. The EcoBoost engine works together with the vehicle’s extensive use of lightweight materials that helps to keep its curb weight under 4,000 lbs. All told, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque offers a city fuel mileage rating of 19 miles per gallon and a highway cruise rating of 28 miles per gallon. This makes it far and away the most fuel efficient Land Rover model ever offered in North America, and it also proves that luxury, practicality and off-road capability do not have to come at the expensive of fuel economy.
09. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Provides a Tech-Laden Experience
In addition to the vehicle’s high tech drivetrain, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is also gifted with features such as an eight-inch touch screen, an available navigation system, an optional 825-watt Meridian sound system and a number of other technological wonders that can be added to the vehicle’s equipment list. These include the contents of the Vision Assist package, which comes with adaptive HID headlights and a surround camera system that provides a complete 360-degree view of the area immediately bordering the crossover, as well as the availability of a rear seat entertainment system and HD radio.
10. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Puts The “Sport” in “Sport-Utility”
It’s important to remember that the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has ultimately been designed to serve as an excellent all-around automobile. The crossover’s small size, focus on lightweight materials and excellent chassis design have allowed it to provide a driving experience that is far more reminiscent of a large sedan rather than a portly truck. The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a revelation from the British SUV builder, one which indicates that the company is on the verge of expanding its lineup to include products that can conquer off-road obstacles without compromising their ability to fit into the daily lives of most families.
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