2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Exterior
Land Rover previewed its 2012 Range Rover Evoque using the 2008 LRX Concept, and it is amazing how much of the concept vehicle can be seen in the production design right down to the wheels. Surprisingly, the biggest change from concept to production was losing most of its Land Rover badges in place of Range Rover badges on the hood, wheels and liftgate; the only Land Rover nameplate on the entire Evoque (inside or out) is a small badge on the liftgate under the large "Range Rover" lettering. As for the styling itself, the Evoque is a bold statement for Land Rover and is like nothing else ever penned by the brand. Land Rover's Design Director, Gerry McGovern, created the Range Rover Evoque with a more athletic and dynamic appearance than the boxy, classic-lines of other current Land Rover and Range Rover models. This starts with narrow, LED-trimmed headlights, a raked windshield and a sloped roofline (the latter of which is more apparent on the Evoque Coupe). To accentuate the Evoque's aggressive look, Dynamic models come with the choice of three roof colors (black, white or silver) depending the particular main exterior color, and be sure to check out the available gloss black 20-inch wheels. Evoque Dynamic also has a more distinct appearance from the Pure or Prestige models including sportier fascias, integrated rear exhaust outlets and functional hood vents.
Despite its modern styling, the Evoque was still designed to do what all Land Rovers do well: drive off road. Aside from the ability to wade through 19.7 inches of water, the Evoque also has impressive approach and departure angles of 25 degrees and 33 degrees, respectively, although the sportier Evoque Dynamic has to come in and depart at much shallower angles of 19 degrees and 30 degrees, respectively. As far as ground clearance is considered, the front axle can clear 8.4 inches and the rear axle 9.5 inches which means that the Evoque can tackle difficult terrain.
“The Range Rover 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,” said McGovern.