Range Rover Evoque named Diesel Car of the Year

Considered as one of the best off roading machine, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has dazzled the auto world since it was first introduced. After raking the 2012 Women’s Car of the Year a few months ago, the Range Rover Evoque is in the limelight again. The British Diesel Car Magazine has awarded the crossover as 2012 Diesel Car of the Year.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque crossover is produced at the Halewood facility in England, and the 1,000,000th Discovery rolled out was driven 10,000 miles in just 50 days. Besides, the 2.2-litre eD4 diesel engine gives a stunning fuel-efficiency of 129 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Range Rover Evoque named Diesel Car of the Year

In India, the Range Rover Evoque made a debut in November, 2011 and has been the most spectacular crossover ever since. Apart from being on of the most capable 4X4s on road, the British crossover has clever in-car technology and sophisticated styling. In fact, the Evoque just loves the road conditions in our country and cruises effortlessly through thick and thin.

Land Rover offers the Evoque in 5-door crossover model and coupe model. The 5-door crossover is powered by diesel power plant, and comes in three forms – Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. Whereas, the coupe comes as a petrol only variant and in Dynamic form.

Range Rover Evoque in India: Review

The five-doored Range Rover Evoque, is not only sleek and striking, but also convenient and practical. Check on Road Price

A combination of great engineering and dynamic handling along with advanced technology helps the vehicle deliver an exciting performance at the same time with lowest fuel usage till date for any Range Rover. The optional eD4 2WD Diesel variant further optimizes fuel economy.

What is the biggest attracting feature to a car owner? The answer is being able to customize the vehicle he drives, exactly in accordance with his own tastes. The Range Rover Evoque gives the customer to do just that, coming to you in a tempting range of colours, luxury designs and finishes; they have based their designs on 3 distinctly different themes:

Range Rover Evoque in India

  • Pure: This can be defined as the purest expression for concept cars in the luxury segment.
  • Prestige: The tagline that is being used for this range is that this is going to be the ultimate luxury provider.
  • Dynamic: For the adventurous minded people, this car sports a more of a sports-oriented look. The Dynamic will be available in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol version of the Evoque will be a three doored one.

Exteriors:

The Range Rover Evoque commands a magnetic presence through its dynamic profiling, muscular shoulders and its dramatically rising beltline. The vehicle can be personalized across three distinct themes of design – Pure, Dynamic and Prestige. Wide range of technological options ranging from Xenon headlamps, rear cameras, LED and an optional fully panoramic roofing have been included. A sparkling silver alloy wheel of 17 inches is made available in the standard model.

Range Rover Evoque in India

Interiors:

The Range Rover Evoque comes with a diverse choice of interior themes that will allow you to customize the vehicle in accordance with your own tastes. A wide range of aesthetically crafted interior finishers, each having distinctive design and character, is offered. The Range Rover Evoque’s signature display and control interface includes centrally located 8-inch Touch-screen for great communication and entertainment. A subtle interior lighting makes driving, both in daytime and night, a pleasant experience. Excellent comfort ameneties have also been provided for the passengers in the Range Rover Evoque.

Range Rover Evoque interior

The Engine:

The diesel variant has introduced the lightest engine ever built, a 2.2-litre, 150PS eD4; which has been engineered to deliver a quieter and refined performance. It accelerates to 100 kmph in 11.2 seconds touching a top speed of 180 kmph. The fuel economy is unbelievable, 47.1 mpg in cities peaking to 62.8 mpg in the highways. The emission levels too are very low.

Range Rover Evoque engine

Driving Experience:

The six-speed automatic transmission has been standardized in the petrol model and kept optional in the diesel variant. This features an advanced gearshift named Drive Select, which rises up to handshaking distance from the driver once the engine is ignited. Paddle shift controls also help, if one is interested to manually change gears.

Enhanced suspension performance combined with steering technology results in deliverance of an improved on-road ride with dynamic handling.

Safety Features:

The Range Rover Evoque has been equipped with the latest technology to provide enhanced active as well as passive safety. A very high in strength safety cell, together with advanced restraining systems and airbags offer the driver as well as the passengers with exceptional levels of safety. The very powerful disc brakes have been further complemented with electronic safety systems. Advances, along with stability enables enhanced performance as well as safety in diverse driving scenarios.

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Price:

All these wonderful features of the Evoque will not come cheap. You’ll have to shell out more than a few bucks to ride on the Land Rover brand. The price of the Pure is slated to be the lowest at Rs.44.75 lacs (ex-showroom Mumbai), while the price of the other three versions will be upwards of Rs.45 lacs. On road price of the vehicle in Mumbai will be somewhere around Rs.75 Lacs.

Range Rover Evoque sold out in India

It’s really shocking news that the yet-to-be launched Range Rover Evoque has been already sold out and people looking forward to booking this vehicle would have to wait till approximately a year before the bookings for the same start again. Earlier on, Jaguar Land Rover dealerships used to receive enquiries about this vehicle, however, keeping in mind the merits of this vehicle as also the price tag that it is intended to be launched with, those enquiries were converted into bookings.

The Evoque would compete against the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and also Volvo XC60. However, on the pricing front, it is likely to compete with one up higher models of all these cars. The starting price of the Evoque is pegged at Rs 39 lakhs. The Range Rover Evoque would have the choice of both a diesel as also petrol engine. While the petrol version will get a turbo charged 2.0 liter engine producing 237 Bhp, the diesel version would be available with a 2.2 liter diesel which would make power in the regions of 190 Bhp. An interesting prospect is that the petrol version would be made available with only a 3 door format while the diesel would come in a 5 door format. Chances are that Range Rover would be offering the Evoque towards the first half of November 2011.

Range Rover Evoque in India

Range Rover Evoque in India Preview

None of the Range Rover cars have evoked (forgive the pun) such response across the world as the new Range Rover Evoque. Except for the Chevy Beat, I don’t remember much of the concept cars making it to production in the same format. It was perceived as a designer’s figment of imagination way back in the North American International Auto Show. However when Landy finally made this car, people were aghast to know that it had retained its form and the only change was in the badging from Land Roer to Range Rover. This car is Range Rover’s answer to former owner BMW by creating a BMW X1 rival and also Audi’s upcoming Q3 SUV. If its size is an indication, Range Rover call it the smallest SUV in their range. Since Range Rover are present in India, it is but natural that the Range Rover Evoque would make its presence felt in here sooner than later. Moreso now because Indian auto major Tata Motors are the owners of it. Tata Motors have ensured that Jaguar Land Rover get a fair deal while coming to India and so have localized some of the components inside the cars to make them better priced than their peers. Here is a preview of what to expect from the Range Rover Evoque in India. A review or test drive of the Range Rover Evoque would follow once the vehicle is launched in India.

The look of the Range Rover would definitely be the face of the upcoming Land Rover vehicles or even the Range Rover ones. In inner Range Rover circles, it is called as a Coupe Utility Vehicle. The twin horizontally inclined grille piece with the Range Rover name written above it feels as solid as it can be. Moreover, the sharply angled head lamps along with the crystalline fog lamps ensure that one doesn’t miss this vehicle for anything else. The skid plate is also not the usual white faced aluminium one and is in fact a matt brushed black effect one. The snout is long however the coupe like sloping roof line and a very steep one at that would create a doubt in many minds whether this vehicle is upto the task or not as far as interior space goes, Well, we would come to that in a short while. Coming to the sides, one would notice the two door configuration. Don’t worry, this car can seat 4 in quite some comfort. The 19 inch alloys with their split alloy design are sure to elicit “wow” responses from everyone. The rear of the Evoque has a small windscreen akin to the ones found in sports cars. The tail lamp treatment however disappoints with its usual Land Rover treatment however what would be a new one in the industry sector would be the LED reflectors on the bumpers. Peeping beneath the bumper are two tail pipes.

Coming to the interiors of this car, there is a general feeling that this car seems to have taken Volvo cues as far as interior upholstery is concerned. The exterior designing cues would actually make people want to try out the interiors. Well, they certainly don’t disappoint after the paranormal show outside. Volvo has inspired Range Rover by getting on the floating waterfall console into picture and featuring similar materials. The meter dials however are a bit of a let down with theirs being in the traditional fashion. The 3 spoke steering wheel is also made in a swoopy fashion and is not a typical Range Rover unit. Fit and finish are said to be of top order and the Range Rover Evoque in India would carry forward the same theme as found in its European counterparts. Jaguar style whirring gear lever makes its presence felt in this Range Rover now. Tons of equipment are on offer with an 8 inch touch screen navigation system taking center stage. The seats are done in a similar fashion like the ones usually found in Volvo cars. The seats are said to be real cushions up in the front while the rear ones are sofas albeit captain chair style. Leg room is available in plenty and while there might be debates about the lack of the headroom space, there is a massive panoramic sunroof which is part of the standard equipment. Boot space of 460 liters however cannot be multiplied since the second row of seats cannot be split. Obviously parking sensors are also a reverse camera are standard fare given the small windscreen aperture. A feeling of claustrophobia might set in inside this cabin however the sunroof makes up for it.

The designers in Range Rover had to meet a tight brief wherein they were informed that this vehicle should be made as compact as possible. Taking the existing Freelander platform helped things with the designers now having to compress it to make it a smaller SUV than the Freelander and thus avoiding overlapping of sales. The Range Rover Evoque in India would get a 70 liters fuel tank and this fuel tank has been packaged in an unconventional way thus making for a typical Range Rover ground clearance. Moreover fitment of 20 inch wheels later on wouldn’t also be impeded as the wheel arches are highly flared ones. The dampers on this car are fitted with MagneRide which was first used in the Audi TT car. Suspended magnetic particles inside the shock absorber fluid change their alteration or alignment once the Terrain Management system inside the car detects a change in the surface that it is traveling upon. This is achieved via the electrical pulses that the Terrain Management System sends across. Rebound as also damping are said to be far better than the BMW X1 and the yet to debut Audi Q3. There are 3 ratios to select from the Terrain Response Management system and those are the comfort, dynamic and sport. Evoque is the first SUV from Range Rover to be offered with a choice of which wheels would be driven. In short, the vehicle is offered in 2 wheel drive guise whereas 4 wheel drive is available as an option. The former is more for those markets where off-roading doesn’t take precedence over fuel efficiency. The off-roading manual of the Terrain Response System boasts of 4 different modes. Low ratio however isn’t available even in the 4×4 variant. The ground clearance of more than 212 mm doesn’t mean that highway stability would be compromised. Range Rover have provided this SUV with a Stability program module which is said to be far better than that of all the road going vehicles in the world. The hill descent system gets an adjuster which would actually adjust the speed of descent, electronically. Even in icy conditions, without losing traction, the Range Rover can climb up steep inclines. Moreover, a built in failure protection system is also present which makes the Evoque to go at a maximum speed of only 5 kmph incase the Evoque cannot find traction and slides back. NVH has also being nicely done with the thick pillars of the Evoque making for a good sound cushion. The Evoque however isn’t an easy car to drive around with its lack of good visibility all around. The steering wheel is said to be a delight to use with its directness.

Two 4 cylinder engines with three different power outputs is what the Range Rover Evoque in India promises. The compact engine bay of the Evoque doesn’t allow for shoehorning a V6 motor and hence the 4 cylinder engines were used. The diesel engine which is codenamed as eD4 I one of the smallest engines and specifically diesel one which Range Rover has made. Needless to say, it is also the lightest. For India, this diesel would be available in 2 power outputs, the 148 Bhp one with 380 Nm of torque and the front wheels to drive while the second power output would get 188 Bhp and 420 Nm of torque plus 4 wheel drive. Both the diesel and petrol engines would get a 6 speed manual transmissions as standard with the only exception being the more powerful diesel which comes with a 6 speed automatic as standard. The latter engine is also shared with the upcoming Jaguar XF. The same set of features which can be found in the Jaguar like brake regeneration, start stop and good NVH characteristics.

The 2.0 liter petrol engine features direct injection technology, all aluminium alloy built, twin balancers, variable valve timing and finally a turbocharger. It brings in 238 Bhp of power and 340 Nm of torque to go with it. The lesser powered diesel engine is said to be make a flat dash from 0-100 kmph in only 10 seconds. Fuel efficiency is said to be in double digit figures for all the engines though and this would mean that this would be one of the most fuel efficient Range Rover in India. Not only would the Range Rover Evoque in India evoke the right responses but it will also bring in more moolah and brand recognition to Range Rover which has been fumbling with the introduction of the BMW X1 and would be more at tenterhooks with the introduction of the Audi Q3. The key thing would be the pricing of this car. In UK, the Range Rover Evoke would be price close to Rs 20,000 for the top end diesel. In India however expect the Range Rover to be slightly more pricier than the BMW X1. Talks are on that Range Rover would be producing the Evoque in India however there is still no clarity on this part. The Range Rover Evoque price in India would be around Rs 25 lakhs. This is just the expected price and once the SUV comes in here, maybe by the middle of next year, more light would be shed on its pricing policy. Seems like the British are out to take the Germans and the fight seems to be happening right now in neutral grounds – India.