Land Rover has been pushing its new Range Rover Evoque model as a new direction for the storied British SUV builder. In fact, the Evoque isn’t an SUV at all, but rather a crossover, using a lighter platform that allows for significantly improved fuel economy.
Based on it’s two-door coupe design, comparisons might be made to the BMW X6 or Acura ZDX, but the Evoque is (surprisingly) much smaller than those two. Touted as being significantly more efficient that the rest of the Land Rover lineup, that boast is much easier to believe in person, with the Evoque’s dimensions downright diminutive and the roof sitting at shoulder height.
In other markets it will be powered by a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, while North American models will get a version of Ford’s Ecoboost 2.0-liter, making 240-hp. No fuel economy numbers are yet available, but the Evoque should post drastically improved EPA estimates from current Land Rover products.
The Evoque will go on sale next year as a 2012 model.
GALLERY: Range Rover Evoque
Official release after the jump:
THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, MOST FUEL EFFICIENT RANGE ROVER EVER PRODUCED
• Luxurious coupe design with a compact and more efficient footprint than other Range Rover models
• Targeting a new group of customers for the Range Rover brand
• Bold exterior is an evolution of Range Rover design language
• Strong, clean interior architecture with a contemporary and sporting feel
• Premium cabin with the high quality materials expected from a Range Rover.
• Available with full sized glass panoramic roof flooding the interior with natural light
• Use of efficient powertrain and advanced lightweight materials
• Smaller – at a 171 inches (434cm) it is 17 inches (432mm) shorter and 7 inches (178mm) lower than Range Rover Sport models
• Permanent all-wheel drive combined with turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an updated six-speed auto transmission deliver excellent perforrmance and fuel economy
• All-new 240 bhp 2.0-litre Si4 turbocharged engine combining six-cylinder refinement and performance with four-cylinder fuel economy
• All-new chassis specification delivers dynamic and agile handling across varied terrain, with optional Adaptive Dynamics featuring MagneRide™
• All-weather, all-surface capability with Land Rover Terrain Response®
• An extensive suite of Range Rover technologies including Bluetooth® audio streaming and optional Surround camera system
• To be sold in 160 countries worldwide, with deliveries from Fall 2011
Paris, France, September 30, 2010 – The groundbreaking all-new Range Rover Evoque makes its global public debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover said, “These are exciting times for our business as we continue to widen our portfolio with this all-new addition to the Range Rover line-up. Not only will the Range Rover Evoque increase our worldwide market share, it demonstrates our commitment to building sustainable, yet highly desirable products.”
Dr. Speth continued, “The Range Rover Evoque helps to define a new segment for premium compact SUVs which are more sporting and stylish. It makes a strong statement about the future direction of the Range Rover brand, and will have a powerful emotional appeal to a very broad range of premium car buyers.”
The Range Rover Evoque has turned the much-acclaimed LRX concept car into reality, faithfully capturing the spirit of its landmark coupe design. True to the Range Rover brand, the Range Rover Evoque delivers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury and performance, but shrink-wrapped into a more compact package.
The lightest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever, the Range Rover Evoque demonstrates the brand’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover said, “The groundbreaking all-new Range Rover Evoque takes the brand into exciting new territory. Highly relevant and contemporary, the Range Rover Evoque will appeal to a whole new group of customers who may not have considered a Range Rover before.”
“For this highly distinctive product, we have chosen a distinctive name. The all-new Range Rover Evoque will be sold in over 160 countries worldwide, and its name will be instantly recognizable across language and cultural boundaries throughout the world. Evoque implies exclusivity and arouses emotions, and has a sophisticated aura which matches the car’s urban elegance,” he added.
Dr. Speth continued, “This vehicle has been designed, engineered and will be manufactured in the UK allowing the creation of more than 1,000 jobs at our multi-award winning Halewood plant, Merseyside. This employment boost, paired with over 80 percent of Range Rover Evoque’s production planned for export, will be a fantastic support to the UK economy.”
Evolution of Range Rover design
The all-new Range Rover Evoque takes its inspiration directly from the LRX concept car, which debuted at the North American International Automobile Show in 2008, and drew worldwide acclaim for its exciting new interpretation of classic Range Rover design cues.
Smart design, in conjunction with meticulous engineering, allowed the spirit of the LRX concept to be turned into reality without compromising the Range Rover brand core values of interior luxury, refined performance and all-terrain capability.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director said, “The Range Rover Evoque marks a bold evolution of Range Rover design by adopting new interpretations of classic Range Rover design cues and staying true to the core Range Rover values.”
“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.”
Pushing the wheels out to the four corners helps give the car its purposeful stance; the wheel arches are wide, but softly integrated into the body. The carefully sculpted corners dramatically reduce the car’s visual overhangs front and rear.
Impeccably Crafted Luxury Interior
Beneath its dramatic exterior, the Range Rover Evoque provides customers with an impeccably crafted luxury cabin, with the same premium quality materials and elegant design expected from a Range Rover interior.
Gerry McGovern continued, “The strong, simple architecture of the cabin is evident with the bold intersection between the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the powerful vertical lines of the center console.”
The Range Rover Evoque allows customers to specify a lavishly appointed cabin with soft, premium leather providing a luxurious finish to almost every surface of the instrument panel, doors and seats, with beautifully tailored twin-needle stitching.
In bold contrast to the supple feel of natural hides, authentic metal finishes provide a series of striking highlights. Cool to the touch and exquisitely crafted, the metal finishes are a tactile and visual reminder of the superior interior quality.
The instrument cluster, housed under a compact curved binnacle, adds to the sporty, premium feel of the interior. The twin dials have an attractive three dimensional form with illuminated chaplets and needles, and are set deep in sport circular housings finished with bright chrome rims.
Total Comfort and Practicality
The driver adopts a lower seating position than in one of the larger Range Rover models offering a more sporting feel but retaining the important Command Driving Position. The result is more generous headroom than traditionally found in many sporting sedans despite the low profile coupe roofline.
Range Rover Evoque drivers who go off-road will be reassured to know that in addition to extremely generous ground clearance, the car has aggressive breakover, approach and departure angles.
Dynamic Handling and Effortless, Refined Performance
Land Rover engineers have developed the Range Rover Evoque to provide customers with a polished driving experience which combines dynamic and sporty handling with responsive, effortless performance and refinement.
Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover programs said, “We’ve tuned the Range Rover Evoque’s chassis and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to deliver precise and responsive steering at lower speeds, making the car nimble and fun to drive in the city. As the Range Rover Evoque is light, with a compact footprint, it reacts quickly and positively to driver inputs at higher speeds, ensuring that enthusiastic drivers are offered the agility they want from a car.”
This engaging and sporting character has not been achieved at the expense of harshness or poor comfort and refinement. In addition, available Adaptive Dynamics uses advanced MagneRide™ dampers which provide an enhanced balance of confident, nimble handling with a supple, controlled ride. The suspension delivers even tighter body control with flatter handling and sharper responses.
Like a true Range Rover, the Range Rover Evoque delivers the all-weather, all-surface capability which is a hallmark of the brand. In common with its larger siblings, the new model provides formidable all-terrain potential, which is enhanced by the latest version of the company’s signature Terrain Response® system.
The state-of-the-art new 240 bhp 2.0-liter Si4 turbocharged engine combines direct fuel injection and twin variable valve timing for exceptional drivability and fuel efficiency.
Murray Dietsch continued, “The state-of-the-art four-cylinder turbocharged engine combines six-cylinder refinement and performance with impressive fuel economy. This efficiency has been achieved by the commitment of the product development team to deliver a compact and weight efficient product, with no compromise on durability and robustness.”
Serious About Sustainability
The Range Rover Evoque sends a powerful message that the brand is determined to deliver relevant new products which are not only desirable, but also significantly more sustainable.
The new vehicle’s sustainability credentials stem from a comprehensive approach to reducing its environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle, from development and manufacturing, through to customer use and end-of-life recycling.
Key product innovations which drive its greener performance include:
• Compact size – at 171-inches (434cm) the Range Rover Evoque vehicle is 17 inches (178mm) shorter than a Range Rover Sport vehicle
• Lightweight technologies – advanced materials used throughout the body and chassis
• Efficient powertrain – state-of-the-art, with high-efficiency features like direct injection
• Low CO2 technologies – incorporating electric power assisted steering (EPAS), smart regenerative charging and optimized transmissions
• Recycling and re-use – maximizing use of sustainable and recycled materials, plus optimizing end-of-life recyclability
Distinctively Range Rover Evoque
Range Rover designers and engineers have developed a host of distinctive and innovative features, to ensure the Range Rover Evoque stands out from the crowd.
Lighting plays a big part in the distinctive appeal of the Range Rover Evoque. First to catch the eye is the powerful signature graphic in the front running lights, created by innovative LED light-blade technology. A similar graphic is repeated in the LED rear lights, with their jewel-like 3D petal design.
Approach the car at night, and you will also see a bold vehicle graphic alongside the front doors, illuminated by the ‘puddle lights’ which shine from the mirrors.
More special touches greet you when you enter the car. The interior displays come to life with a choreographed animated start-up sequence, while the rotary auto shifter completes the ‘greeting’ as it rises silently into the driver’s hand.
LED ambient lighting provides sophisticated and precise illumination within the cabin, with a range of colors which can be chosen by the driver to suit their mood. Select Dynamic Mode, however, and a sporting red color scheme fills the interior as well as in the instrument dials and cluster display.
To complete the range of features, the first panoramic roof ever fitted to a Range Rover vehicle can be specified, providing an all-round vista which helps to make every journey a special occasion.
There are three main vehicle design themes, which have their own distinctive character and exterior treatment. Each of the themes has a number of carefully coordinated interior packages. The three vehicle design themes are:
• Pure – combining the stunning concept-car exterior with stylish, clean interiors in neutral colors to highlight the pure, simple forms of the cabin architecture. Soft-touch, wrapped materials on the major surfaces contrast with the real-metal brushed aluminum trim.
• Prestige – ultimate Range Rover luxury, combining a bespoke exterior with unique 19-inch wheels and sparkling metallic details, an optional 20-inch wheel, with an indulgent interior which is almost entirely leather wrapped. Luxurious duo-tone color schemes, with premium leather, twin-needle stitching and real wood and metal finishes.
• Dynamic – bold exterior with 19- or 20-inch wheels and unique bumpers, sills, grille and tailpipes for a more assertive, confident stance. A premium sports interior with perforated leather seats and unique sports detailing are included. Contrasting roof and spoiler color are available as a personalization option.
Packed with Premium Technologies
The Range Rover Evoque benefits from the same comprehensive selection of the latest technologies as the larger Range Rover models, in terms of controls, connectivity, comfort and convenience for all occupants.
From the driver’s viewpoint, the Range Rover Evoque is distinguished by a carefully conceived system of controls and displays which combines a stylish, uncluttered layout, state-of-the-art functionality and ease-of-use.
At the heart of the control system is the Range Rover brand’s 8-inch (203mm) high-definition touchscreen display with its crisp graphics and simple, intuitive menu structure.
Tech-savvy customers get the connectivity they demand with a comprehensive package that includes Bluetooth® hands-free mobile phone use and audio streaming, plus a range of USB and auxiliary inputs for iPod® and other portable devices.
The Range Rover Evoque is the first Range Rover to offer breathtaking new sound systems developed in partnership with the high-end audio specialists Meridian. The premium Meridian offering is an 825W 17-speaker system which delivers the ultimate in surround sound performance.
Other features available to Range Rover Evoque customers include:
• Surround Camera System with five digital cameras, including a reversing system
• Dual-zone automatic climate control
• Hard drive navigation system
• FM/AM/Sirius® tuners, with single disc CD player with the ability to rip CDs to the hard drive
• Rear seat entertainment package, with 8-inch (203.2 mm) video screens, digital wireless headphones and touch screen remote control
• Keyless entry system
• Powered tailgate
• Adaptive headlamps with auto headlamp dipping
• Heated windscreen, front seats and steering wheel
Sold in 160 Markets Worldwide From Fall 2011
The Range Rover Evoque will be manufactured in the multi-award winning plant in Halewood, UK. The car has been engineered for all global markets, and will go on sale in over 160 countries worldwide from Fall 2011.
Phil Popham said, “The launch of the Range Rover Evoque is a significant step forward for the Range Rover brand. This groundbreaking car brings new excitement and relevance to the brand, but remains true to the values of premium luxury and performance which have made Range Rover such an enduring success story over the past 40 years.”
1. GROUNDBREAKING DESIGN
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has turned the LRX concept into reality, marking a bold evolution of Range Rover design, and providing customers with a compact, premium and highly desirable SUV.
The Range Rover Evoque captures – almost to the millimeter – the groundbreaking coupe design of the LRX concept, complete with cutting edge lines and a sporty, dynamic profile .
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director said, “The incredibly positive worldwide reception for the LRX concept in 2008 made us determined to develop a production car which captured the same exciting spirit. Starting with the concept, however, and trying to turn it into a practical and desirable production reality, was a tremendous challenge for our designers and engineers, but one which they embraced with impressive energy and passion.”
Classic Range Rover Design Cues, With a Bold New Interpretation
The bold exterior of the Range Rover Evoque features exciting new interpretations of classic Range Rover design cues, including the signature clamshell hood, the floating roof and the solid ‘wheel-at-each-corner’ stance.
Unlike any previous Range Rover model, the Range Rover Evoque adopts a very dynamic profile with its dramatic rising beltline, a muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and a distinctive taper to the floating roofline. The bold design graphic created by the exaggerated wedge of the window line is emphasized by the black pillars.
Pushing the wheels out to the four corners helps give the car its purposeful stance; the wheel arches are wide, but softly integrated into the body. The carefully sculpted corners dramatically reduce the car’s visual overhangs front and rear.
The front-end design makes a powerful statement of the Range Rover brand’s identity with the bold horizontal graphic created by the perforated two-bar grille and distinctive headlamps.
The stylish body exudes a strong sense of premium quality with its precise, tight shut-lines, striking details like the hood vents and side vents, and the jewel-like quality of the slim front and rear lamps with their LED signature lighting and tapering blade indicator clusters.
“The execution of the design will provoke a strong emotional reaction. Its unique style will attract a new generation of Range Rover customers who have never considered an SUV before, such as premium coupe buyers who would like to make a bold new statement,” added McGovern.
Modern and Sporting Premium Interior
The Range Rover Evoque’s interior takes the strong, clean architecture and premium quality materials of a traditional Range Rover and applies them in a more contemporary and sporting fashion.
As in larger Range Rover models, the centerpiece of the cabin is the bold intersection between the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the powerful vertical lines of the center console.
Designers have also taken inspiration from the stylish forms of the LRX concept interior, capturing the dramatic slope of the center console, and the pure, elegant lines of the instrument panel. The design retains the concept’s distinctive stowage area beneath the sloping console; the open structure echoing the themes of lightness and efficiency found elsewhere in the car.
The exquisite quality and craftsmanship of the materials is highlighted by the very contemporary, clean treatment of the interior surfaces, including the flush treatment of the air vents and horizontal roller shutter in the center console.
Housed under a compact curved binnacle, the instrument cluster enhances the sporting, premium feel of the interior. The twin dials have an expressive three dimensional form with illuminated chaplets and needles, and are set deep in sporty circular housings finished with bright chrome rims.
An optional full glass fixed panoramic roof enhances the sense of room and freedom within the deceptively spacious cabin, flooding the interior with natural light.
Gerry McGovern explained, “The luxurious, contemporary feel to the cabin is the perfect complement to the concept car exterior. The exquisite materials and craftsmanship, and the pure, elegant design, tell you that this is a true Range Rover interior, but one with a more sporting flavor.”
Range Rover Craftsmanship, and Range Rover Materials
The Range Rover Evoque delivers Range Rover levels of quality and craftsmanship in every detail of the car. Particular attention has been given to selecting only the best, premium quality materials, and applying those materials with impeccable taste and care.
Perhaps the most visible example is the luxurious wrapped finish of the upper instrument panel. Beautifully soft high-grade hides which have been hand-picked for their exceptional touch and appearance – impeccably hand-finished with twin-needle stitching.
The fascia mid-section is also leather wrapped; this, together with the lavish leather trim on the door panels and seats, creates the ultimate luxury ambience. Every aspect of the stitching, even down to the size and shape of the needle, is also specified by Range Rover experts, to guarantee an immaculate finish, every time.
Even on models where leather is not specified, the instrument panel is still wrapped with a premium quality, soft-touch textured material with twin-needle stitching, for a sumptuous interior experience.
In bold contrast to the opulent leather and soft-touch surfaces, strong visual highlights are provided by authentic metal finishes on the horizontal strip on the fascia, the surrounds to the vent controls, and the striking curved elements each side of the center console.
Cool to the touch and exquisitely crafted, the metal finishes are a tactile and visual reminder of the superior interior quality.
Turning the LRX Concept into Reality
The Range Rover Evoque is completely faithful to the style of the stunning LRX Concept, capturing its design almost to the millimeter.
Delivering the concept car design, but without compromising core Range Rover values such as interior comfort or off-road capability, required a huge effort from the design and engineering teams.
During the development process, maintaining the integrity of the LRX design was given the highest priority, and led to the adoption of new technologies and smart engineering solutions to maintain the concept car appearance.
Some of the features which helped to preserve the LRX Concept design include:
• All-new body structure and suspension subframes, delivering the sleek, low profile of the LRX while providing excellent interior space and the traditional elevated Command driving position, with the full wheel travel required for comfort, both on- and off-road
• Adoption of ultra-high-strength Boron steels in the A- and B-pillars to retain the slim profile of the pillars without compromising strength or safety
• Detailed optimization of the interior package including pedal positions, fuel tank height and door structures to deliver generous interior legroom and headroom while retaining the low coupe roofline
• Integrating the radio antennae into the rear spoiler to avoid the fitment of exterior aerials
Groundbreaking Design with Total Comfort and Practicality
The vehicle package successfully provides a unique blend of coupe styling and capable
off-road geometry and ground clearance. The interior offers excellent accommodation for passengers and luggage, while retaining the core elements of the classic Range Rover Command Driving Position.
Gerry McGovern said, “The Range Rover Evoque really does give you the best of both worlds – concept car looks combined with day-to-day comfort and practicality. From its deceptively spacious cabin to its deep, accommodating trunk, this is a car which is ideally suited to our customers’ busy and active lifestyles.”
Sitting slightly lower than in one of the larger Range Rover models, the driver adopts a Sports Command Driving Position, which offers a more sporting feel but retains the important sensation of control and command. The result is more generous headroom than traditionally found in many sporting sedans, despite the low profile coupe roofline.
Drivers who take their Range Rover Evoque off-road will be reassured to know that in addition to extremely generous ground clearance, the car has aggressive breakover, approach and departure angles.
2. PREMIUM DRIVING EXPERIENCE
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has been designed and engineered to provide drivers with a finely judged balance of sporting driving dynamics, responsive performance and sophisticated refinement.
This polished driving experience is true to the values of the Range Rover brand, but adds a more dynamic and sporting character which is consistent with the exciting promise of the bold, concept car design of the Range Rover Evoque.
David Mitchell, Chief Program Engineer, explained, “Market research indicates that the target customers for this car favor a more sporting driving character. This has encouraged us to deliver driving dynamics with a more engaging and connected feel, without losing the poise and refinement which is an important characteristic of the Range Rover brand.”
Engaging and Sporty Driving Dynamics
Achieving the desired dynamic character in the Range Rover Evoque required an evolution of the Range Rover DNA. Starting with the driving dynamics of the Range Rover Sport, which has a similar DNA to a luxury sports sedan; Range Rover dynamics specialists set out to deliver a more agile and connected drive.
Particular objectives were to increase steering precision and agility at lower speeds, so that the car was more responsive and fun to drive in typical urban driving conditions.
While the Range Rover Evoque’s light weight, compact footprint and low center of gravity helped to achieve a more agile character, key engineering steps were required to deliver the required responses.
Range Rover engineers initially focused on optimizing the stiffness of the chassis systems and body structure, followed by meticulous tuning of the suspension components and electric power assisted steering (EPAS) system.
Starting with the fully independent suspension – featuring long-travel coil-sprung struts front and rear – revised rear suspension geometry was adopted to raise the rear roll center.
The variable-ratio speed-sensitive EPAS system was tuned for immediate responses around the straight-ahead position, and a precise, linear character. To enhance the precision and feedback, the steering rack is solidly mounted on the front subframe.
Although these changes delivered greater agility, the Range Rover Evoque has handling responses which remain flattering and predictable, without any nervous reactions.
To make sure the Range Rover Evoque retained the poise and stability which is typical of long-travel Range Rover suspension systems, engineers tuned the car to retain the same comfortable yet connected ride of the Range Rover Sport, with excellent control of body motions and low levels of body roll.
This meticulous tuning of suspension bushes and spring and damper rates has ensured the Range Rover Evoque’s more sporting character has not compromised comfort and refinement.
Adaptive Dynamics Featuring MagneRide™
Range Rover Evoque customers have the opportunity to specify a state-of-the-art new Adaptive Dynamics feature which uses advanced MagneRide™ continuously variable dampers.
With the MagneRide™ dampers – which are more typically fitted to high performance sports cars – the Adaptive Dynamics system provides an optimum balance between confident, nimble handling and a supple, well-controlled ride.
MagneRide™ dampers offer infinitely variable damper settings between soft (comfort) and hard (sports) extremes, and operate by using a special damping fluid which contains magnetic particles. When subjected to a magnetic field, the fluid becomes more viscous, thus increasing the damping.
Compared to a conventional valve-based continuously variable damper, MagneRide™ can change damper settings much more quickly and has a wider operating range, delivering more stable and confident dynamics.
The Adaptive Dynamics system monitors vehicle movements at least 1000 times/second*, reacting to driver or road inputs virtually instantaneously to give greater control and minimize body roll, providing a balanced, flat ride. The system will even sense off-road conditions, and optimize damping accordingly.
Drivers can also select a Dynamic Mode via the Terrain Response® system, which modifies the damper settings to deliver even tighter body control, with flatter handling and sharper responses.
All-Weather, All-Surface Capability
The Range Rover Evoque delivers the all-weather, all-surface capability which is a hallmark of the brand. In common with its larger siblings, the new model provides formidable off-road potential, which is enhanced by the company’s signature Terrain Response® system.
The standard permanent all-wheel drive system is an innovative full-time intelligent system which continuously varies the front/rear torque split using an electronically-controlled Haldex® center coupling to deliver optimum grip and balance for the current driving conditions.
The Haldex® coupling has been specially calibrated to suit the nimble and responsive dynamic character of the Range Rover Evoque, and to ensure it delivers a fun-to-drive experience at all speeds.
240 bhp 2.0-liter Si4 Engine
North American models feature the state-of-the-art new 240 bhp 2.0-liter Si4 engine, which combines six-cylinder refinement and performance with four-cylinder fuel economy.
The latest powertrain technologies – including advanced turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and twin variable valve timing – are combined to provide outstanding drivability, with very strong bottom-end performance and an extremely broad, power band.
The Si4′s highly efficient combustion system enables it to achieve significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions when compared to traditional larger capacity engines of the same power.
The compact all-aluminum four-cylinder engine is also substantially lighter than conventional engines with a similar output. For example, the 240 bhp 2.0-liter Si4 unit weighs around 88lbs* less than Land Rover’s 230 bhp 3.2-liter i6 engine.
Other key engine technologies include a unique fabricated sheet metal exhaust manifold (for quicker warm-up and lower emissions), optimized low-friction design with special treatments for the piston rings and tappets, and a state-of-the-art electronic management system.
Twin balancer shafts and an optimized all-alloy engine construction ensure superior refinement with smooth, sophisticated performance.
Refined and Harmonious Sound Quality
Range Rover engineers have applied meticulous attention to detail to ensure that the Range Rover Evoque has a refined and harmonious sound quality under all driving conditions. Innovative technologies, including advanced computer simulations and state-of-the-art analysis tools like sophisticated acoustic cameras, have been used to identify and remove all undesirable sounds.
The advanced turbocharged engine is inherently quiet and smooth, but further careful optimization of the engine installations has made it possible to reduce powertrain sound levels. Sources of unwanted noise have been isolated or eliminated, resulting in a refined sound quality across the full operating range.
Wind noise has been minimized through analysis with computational fluid dynamics, and exhaustive wind tunnel tests. Key areas, such as the shape of the A-pillar and door mirrors, were optimized very early in the development process.
A special acoustic windscreen lamination, as used on the larger Range Rover models, further reduces wind noise and also helps to eliminate high-frequency combustion noise.
Road noise in the Range Rover Evoque has been comprehensively managed through the use of stiff, lightweight alloy suspension components, along with carefully optimized bushings. These features work in conjunction with extremely stiff suspension attachment points within the bodyshell and accurately applied sprayed insulation material, to further minimize noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
All other operating sounds within the car, from door closing sounds to the noises made by switches and motors, have been analyzed and refined during the development process to create a harmonious and premium sound quality for all occupants.
David Mitchell said, “It was critical that the Range Rover Evoque met the same standards of refinement as the larger models in the line-up. When drivers experience the new model, they will recognize the characteristic Range Rover qualities of relaxed and effortless performance and the tranquil interior environment.”
3. SUSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE
The all-new Range Rover Evoque sends a powerful message that the company is serious about sustainability, and determined to deliver vehicles which are both relevant and highly desirable.
As a smaller, lighter and more efficient new Range Rover model, the Range Rover Evoque addresses the growing consumer need for more environmentally friendly vehicles.
David Mitchell said, “The greener credentials of the Range Rover Evoque stem from a comprehensive approach to reducing its environmental impact, not just during customer use, but throughout the entire life-cycle of the car. This whole-life approach allows us to consider the best ways of minimizing the overall carbon footprint, taking account of development, manufacturing and end-of-life recycling, so that we can make the smartest, most sustainable decisions”
Smallest Ever Range Rover
The first step in creating a more sustainable Range Rover was to make it smaller. Following the lead of the LRX concept, the Range Rover Evoque is the smallest Range Rover model ever, packing the same level of luxury and technology but shrink-wrapped into a much more compact and efficient footprint.
The scale of the drop in size can be illustrated by a comparison with the Range Rover Sport. At 171-inches long (434cm), the Range Rover Evoque is a 17 inches (432mm) shorter, and with its dramatic coupe roofline it sits over 7 inches (178mm) lower too.
A smaller vehicle is a more sustainable vehicle, and the compact size of the Range Rover Evoque has helped engineers minimize its weight, improve aerodynamic performance and reduce the quantity of materials required to produce it.
The more efficient architecture also allows for the use of the lightweight, high-efficiency
four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, leading not only to excellent performance, but also to minimized fuel consumption.
It is worth noting that the compact footprint of the Range Rover Evoque has not been achieved at the expense of traditional Range Rover virtues. The car retains generous interior legroom and headroom, a very practical trunk, plus highly capable off-road geometry and ground clearance.
Advanced Lightweight Materials
Weight saving was a primary objective in the development of the Range Rover Evoque, and engineers have applied a range of advanced lightweight materials to make this the lightest Range Rover model ever, with weights starting at just 3,582lbs (1625kg)*.
Reducing weight creates a virtuous circle, as lighter weight in one area of the car makes it possible to introduce lighter components in another, and so on. As the overall weight drops, performance improves and both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced.
Weight-saving technologies can be found throughout the bodyshell and chassis of the Range Rover Evoque, including:
• Optimized steel body structure with over 18 percent* of Boron/High Strength Steels in key load-bearing areas
• Plastic front fenders and tailgate assembly
• Aluminum hood and roof panels
• Magnesium cross car beam
• Aluminum front lower control arms and front/rear suspension knuckles
Additional weight savings have been achieved by smart engineering decisions in all areas of the car, ranging from a lighter windshield with acoustic lamination and lighter weight alloy wheels, to lightweight laser-welded seat structures and optimized sprayed insulation materials.
The all-new lightweight, 240 bhp 2.0-liter Si4 engine, weighs around 88 lbs* less than Land Rover line’s i6 engine with a similar power output.
Fuel Efficient Powertrain
The state-of-the-art petrol engine featured in the Range Rover Evoque uses the latest powertrain technology to deliver improved fuel efficiency.
The all-new lightweight, 2.0-liter Si4 engine employs the latest generation of high pressure direct-injection technology, together with low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable valve timing, to create an exceptionally efficient combustion system.
Compared to conventional larger capacity engines with a similar power output, the new Si4 engine can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent*.
The Range Rover Evoque benefits from the latest generation AWF-21 six speed automatic transmission, which has been extensively revised to improve its operational efficiency, including gear train optimization, advanced idle control, and the adoption of low viscosity transmission fluid.
Range Rover engineers have rigorously eliminated parasitic losses from every area of the Range Rover Evoque, to increase fuel economy.
While much of the effort has focused on the drivetrain, significant improvements have been achieved throughout the car. Key areas of attention included:
• Chassis – introduction of Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), and adoption of low rolling resistance tires
• Electrical – smart regenerative charging system to capture wasted energy during vehicle deceleration, and use of mist sensing heated windscreen
• Interior – use of clutchless air compressors in air conditioning system
• Body design – reduced aerodynamic drag through smaller frontal area and detailed optimization
• Reduction of engine internal friction through low friction coatings
• Automatic transmission – gear train optimization, advanced idle control, adoption of low viscosity transmission fluid
Maximizing the Use of Sustainable Materials
As part of the comprehensive effort to minimize the car’s ecological impact, the Range Rover Evoque maximizes the use of more sustainable materials.
Recycled materials have been used wherever possible. Each car uses 35lbs (16kg)* of recycled plastic material.
Parts with recycled content include: headliner, seat covers, center console, wheel arch liners, air cleaner, cooling fan and shroud, air ducting, side under trays, parcel shelf, engine cover and subwoofer box.
High quality natural and renewable materials, such as leather, cotton, cardboard and rubber, are used extensively, amounting to 46lbs (21kg)* of material in every vehicle. Key examples include the generous quantities of leather used on the seats, instrument panel and door casings, and natural materials used in the carpets and body insulation.
Some notable innovations in the use of recycled material include:
• High quality Morzine trim fabric used on the headlining and pillars is entirely produced from recycled polyester sourced from recycled bottles and fibers. Using recycled material for this fabric results in a 66 percent* lower energy demand and 54 percent* lower carbon footprint during production*.
• Pure series models feature the sophisticated Dinamica™ trim material which uses 100 percent recycled polyester in its construction. The recycled material is primarily sourced from post consumer waste, so that each car uses the equivalent of 35 full-size plastic bottles. Compared with virgin polyester, producing the recycled polyester fiber requires 64 percent* less energy and has a 60 percent* lower carbon footprint.
• Authentic metal interior finishes used on all models on the center console and the fascia strip are produced from 95 percent* recycled aluminum, significantly reducing the energy requirement in production.
4. RANGE ROVER TECHNOLOGIES
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has been designed and engineered to provide customers with the same comprehensive range of premium technologies they expect from a Range Rover vehicle, just delivered in a more compact package.
To maximize control, comfort and enjoyment on board for the driver and passengers, the Range Rover Evoque is packed with a host of desirable and intuitive technologies which are normally associated with much larger, more expensive models.
The broad array of premium Range Rover equipment comprises the latest technologies for controls, connectivity, comfort and convenience, including some highly distinctive and original signature features plus stunning new high-end Meridian audio systems.
David Mitchell said: “The Range Rover Evoque provides the complete Range Rover experience, but packaged into a smaller, more attainable car. Many of the new customers will be more youthful, tech-savvy buyers, whose expectations will be exceeded with the rich array of premium features that will make ownership a real pleasure.”
Smart, Intuitive Controls
From the steering wheel, the Range Rover Evoque is distinguished by a carefully conceived system of controls and displays which combines a stylish, uncluttered layout, state-of-the-art functionality and ease of use.
At the heart of the control system is the Range Rover brand’s 8-inch (203mm) high-definition touch-screen display with its crisp, elegant graphics and simple, highly intuitive menu structure.
The large 8-inch (203mm) touch-screen provides the primary control and display system for a wide range of features including audio, video, navigation and phone. The screen graphics have been precisely honed, giving the impression of three-dimensional buttons, beautifully lit with subtle chrome detailing.
Simple hard keys on either side of the display provide convenient short-cuts to the most commonly used screens, such as Home, Audio/Video, Navigation and Phone.
Complementing the touch-screen, a full color 5-inch (127mm) display between the two instrument dials presents the primary vehicle-related information, such as temperature and fuel levels, gear position, Terrain Response® mode, and cruise control/Hill Descent Control information.
Other highly intuitive controls include the simplified heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) dials, twin five-way toggle switches on the steering wheel, and a highly sophisticated voice control system which provides ‘Say What You See’ prompts in the cluster display to help the driver input the required commands.
Tech-savvy customers will appreciate the capabilities of a comprehensive state-of-the-art connectivity package, which enables them to enjoy the benefits of a wide variety of portable devices and mobile phones while travelling in the car.
Hands-free mobile phone use is enabled by Bluetooth® connectivity, which allows a compatible handset to communicate with the car’s built-in phone system. The phone can be controlled via the 8-inch touch-screen or the steering wheel controls, and the system automatically downloads the latest phonebook contacts, so that making a call is simple and safe.
The Range Rover Evoque also supports Bluetooth® audio streaming, so that customers can enjoy music stored on their phone, or other portable Bluetooth® device, via the car’s audio system.
Essential connectivity for an iPod® and other portable MP3 digital music players or memory sticks is provided by a comprehensive range of inputs including a direct iPod® connection, USB sockets and an auxiliary input. The primary iPod® functions can be easily controlled through the 8-inch (203mm) touch-screen display.
Distinctively Range Rover Evoque
To complement the groundbreaking style of the exterior, Range Rover designers and engineers have made sure the Range Rover Evoque has a host of other distinctive technologies, which bring an added dash of cool to the ownership experience.
Lighting plays a big part in the special appeal of the Range Rover Evoque. First to catch the eye is the powerful signature graphic in the front running lights, created by innovative LED light-blade technology. A similar graphic is repeated in the stunning LED rear lights, with their jewel-like three dimensional petal design.
Approach the car at night, and you will also see a bold vehicle graphic alongside the front doors, illuminated by the ‘puddle lights’ which shine from the mirrors.
More special touches greet you when you enter the car. The interior displays and ambient lighting come to life with a precisely-choreographed animated start-up sequence, which features a series of sophisticated graphics. The stylish solid aluminum rotary shifter completes the ‘greeting’ as it rises silently into the driver’s hand.
LED ambient lighting provides subtle and precise illumination within the cabin, with a range of colors which can be chosen by the driver to suit their mood. Select Dynamic Mode, however, and a sporting red color scheme fills the interior as well as in the instrument dials and cluster display.
To complete the range of sensations, the first panoramic roof ever fitted to a Range Rover vehicle can be specified, providing an all-round vista which helps to make every journey a special occasion.
The huge, unobstructed glass panel has a stylish dark tint, with a special surface treatment to offer a high degree of solar protection. When additional shade or privacy is required, an electric fabric sun blind with a solar reflective coating can be extended across the full surface of the roof.
Ultimate Listening and Viewing Pleasure
For the audiophile, the Range Rover Evoque is the first Range Rover model to offer breathtaking new sound systems developed in partnership with the specialists Meridian, a world leader in audio technologies and digital sound processing.
This level Meridian audio technology is exclusive to the next generation of Range Rover models, and promises sound quality which equals the company’s high-end home systems.
The Range Rover Evoque is available with two high end Meridian sound systems. A powerful 380W 11-speaker arrangement is offered as standard, while a top of the range 825W 17-speaker system with full surround sound comes as an option. Both offer super sharp, crystal clear sound quality and their peak power outputs are based on the 0.2 percent Total Harmonic Distortion with Noise (THD+N) rating.
State-of-the-art amplifiers incorporate Meridian’s latest digital processing technology to ensure perfectly optimized sound quality, while both systems feature branded Meridian high-efficiency speakers with lightweight neodymium rare earth magnets for exceptional clarity and dynamics.
Range Rover and Meridian audio specialists have also applied the sophisticated Meridian Trifield surround staging technology, along with Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx and DTS® Neo:6®; and Audyssey MultEQ® XT audio tuning system, which digitally corrects any imperfections created by the cabin environment to deliver accurate, enveloping, and distortion-free sound for all seating positions.
To complete the entertainment options, the Range Rover Evoque is also available with a single disc CD player with hard drive MP3 digital music file storage, and FM/AM Sirius® tuners with a high performance twin antennae system.
For rear seat passengers, there is a comprehensive entertainment package which features full
8-inch (203mm) video screens in the front headrests, a dedicated touch screen remote control, and state-of-the-art digital infrared wireless headphones which provide stunning DVD-level sound quality.
Eliminating Stress at the Wheel
The Range Rover Evoque is equipped with the latest generation of smart driver assistance technologies to help make life behind the wheel as safe and stress-free as possible in today’s congested driving conditions.
The key technologies include:
• Surround Camera System – One of the Range Rover brand’s signature features, the system uses five digital cameras, discreetly placed around the car, providing a 360 degree, real-time view of the surrounding area on the touch-screen display. The driver can display the camera images independently or in combination, depending on the requirements in the current driving conditions. The rear camera can be used to assist with hitching and unhitching trailers. The tailgate camera is also designed to operate independently as part of the reversing camera system, which presents the camera image on the touch-screen display, with special graphics overlaid to show the current vehicle trajectory and the distance from any fixed objects.
• Adaptive/Auto-Dipping Headlights – The Range Rover Evoque is available with xenon headlamps with an adaptive feature which follows the curves in the road, and provides additional illumination in tight bends. An auto-dipping function detects ambient light levels and the presence of oncoming traffic, and switches automatically between high and dipped beam.
Added Comfort and Convenience
Those small extra touches can make a real difference to comfort and well-being during day-to-day driving, and the Range Rover Evoque offers a generous selection of thoughtful and relevant features which help to make ownership a true pleasure.
The comfort and convenience technologies include:
• Heated windshield, seats and steering wheel – For those cold winter mornings, the Range Rover Evoque offers the convenience and safety of a heated windshield, plus the comfort of individually adjustable heated front seats and a heated steering wheel rim.
• Keyless entry system and powered tailgate – The Range Rover Smart Key system enables keyless entry and start. The powered tailgate provides added practicality and can be opened remotely using the key fob.
• Hard drive navigation system – The latest generation of hard drive based satellite navigation system is available in the Range Rover Evoque, and features advanced functionality including turn-by-turn directions in the cluster display.
5. RANGE ROVER ENGINEERING
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has been engineered, developed and tested to the same exacting standards as the larger models in the Range Rover line-up.
Over 40 years of expertise in body and chassis systems, four wheel-drive drivelines and all-terrain technologies have been applied to the Range Rover Evoque, to ensure that it delivers the refined performance and all-weather, all-surface capability which are hallmarks of the brand.
David Mitchell stated: “While the Range Rover Evoque is geared towards delivering sporting and fun-to-drive handling on the road, it will still be at home on a variety of terrains. Exclusive technologies, like the patented Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control systems, provide the Range Rover Evoque with a unique competitive advantage when the going gets tough.”
All-New Structure and Suspension System
The Range Rover Evoque features an all-new structure and suspension system which have been developed to deliver outstanding dynamics both on- and off-road, while preserving the stunning sporting profile of the original LRX concept car.
The exceptionally strong, lightweight steel monocoque body structure has been developed to deliver outstanding stiffness and refinement together with excellent crash performance. The structure was optimized using the latest state-of-the-art computer multi-dimensional simulation tools, and uses 18 percent* of special high-strength and Boron ultra-high-strength steels in strategic load-bearing areas.
Mounted to this incredibly stable structure, the fully independent suspension system of the Range Rover Evoque features coil sprung struts front and rear together with isolated front and rear subframes.
The supple, long-travel suspension design, large-diameter gas damper struts, and extremely stiff isolated subframes all contribute to the new vehicle’s well-controlled and absorbent ride, and its confidence in challenging off-road conditions.
Strong and Stable Safety Cell
The optimized steel structure of the Range Rover Evoque protects occupants using an incredibly strong and stable safety cell, which is complemented by a comprehensive system of airbags and restraints.
The ultra-high-strength Boron steel has been used in key parts of the crash safety cell to resist deformation and intrusion during impacts, including the A- and B-pillars and the sills.
The occupant safety package includes a carefully optimized restraint system including driver and passenger airbags, knee airbags, and side curtain and thorax airbags.
Pedestrian safety was given a very high priority, with the design for the front-end, bumpers, hood and cowl area undergoing intensive optimization to ensure that the structure minimized potential injuries.
Powerful and Sophisticated Braking System
The Range Rover Evoque features a powerful all-disc braking system for confident stopping in all conditions. Generous disc diameters provide a huge thermal capacity, providing formidable, fade-free stopping performance which equals that of premium sports saloons.
Like larger Range Rover models, the Range Rover Evoque is equipped with a convenient and effective electronic park brake, activated via a switch in the center console, which disengages automatically when the car moves off.
The braking system is complemented by the latest generation of electronic active safety systems, including:
• Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
• Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
• Emergency brake lights (EBL)
• Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
• Corner Brake Control (CBC)
The Corner Brake Control function has been carefully calibrated to prevent rear end instability when braking in corners. The system optimizes the side-to-side braking balance for all four wheels, to help ensure that the car follows the driver’s intended path.
State-of-the-Art Traction and Stability Systems
Active safety performance is further enhanced by a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art traction and stability systems, configured using Land Rover’s expertise in all-terrain performance to maximize stability and safety in the widest range of driving conditions.
At the heart of the systems is a sophisticated electronic control unit which monitors the car at all times, and can individually adjust the braking forces and engine torque applied to each wheel to optimize the handling and help the driver retain control in extreme maneuvers.
The control unit takes into account a wide variety of inputs including individual wheel speeds, cornering yaw rates, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, vehicle speed, gear and clutch engagement, brake pressure, accelerator position and the settings of the hill descent and Terrain Response® systems.
To complement the car’s responsive on-road handling, the Range Rover Evoque features refinements to the Dynamic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control systems which further enhance cornering behavior and stability.
The car also includes a new Hill Start Assist function, which holds the brakes for a few seconds to help the driver pull away smoothly and safely on steep inclines, and Trailer Stability Assist for improved towing safety.
The full suite of traction and stability systems includes:
• Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
• Roll Stability Control (RSC)
• Traction Control System (TCS)
• Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
• Hill Start Assist
• Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Gradient Release Control (GRC)
• Engine Drag torque Control (EDC)
Unique All-Terrain Technologies
Like all Range Rover vehicles, the Range Rover Evoque makes use of a unique suite of technologies to maximize performance and safety in challenging on- and off-road conditions.
The primary technology is Terrain Response®, which adapts the responses of the car’s engine, gearbox, center coupling and braking/stability systems to match the demands of the terrain, optimizing drivability and comfort as well as maximizing traction.
The Range Rover Evoque has four Terrain Response® settings, selected via a control on the center console: General Driving (on-road and easy off-road); Grass/Gravel/Snow (slippery conditions, on- and off-road); Mud and Ruts; and Sand. An additional Dynamic setting is available for cars specified with Adaptive Dynamics.
To optimize safety and control on steep gradients, the Range Rover Evoque also offers Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Gradient Release Control (GRC). HDC automatically restricts speed downhill using the anti-lock brakes, and has been enhanced for improved performance, with a revised interface to help the driver adjust the target speed more easily. GRC is linked to HDC, and progressively releases the brakes on very steep or more gradual slopes, for maximum control.
Tested to the Limit
With its compact size and concept-car looks, the Range Rover Evoque is clearly a new kind of Range Rover vehicle, but it has been subjected to exactly the same punishing test and development regime as the larger Range Rover models.
A whole fleet of development vehicles are being subjected to twelve months of grueling tests, covering millions of miles between them to ensure that the Range Rover Evoque achieves the same standards of ruggedness and all-terrain versatility as every Range Rover vehicle before them.
An extensive team of engineers is dedicated to prototype development and testing, travelling to over 20 countries worldwide to test in extremes of climates over a variety of road surfaces and altitudes. From the frozen extremities of Europe and Canada, to the searing heat and dust of the deserts in the Middle East and America, to the Autobahns in Europe and city traffic in Tokyo, the Range Rover Evoque is being validated against every element the earth can throw at it.
In total, over 16,700 tests will be completed across all components and systems. Some of the most punishing test regimes include:
• 5,000 miles (8,000km) driven flat-out non-stop at the Nürburgring in the hands of a racing driver, testing chassis and braking components to the limit, along with the powertrain and cooling systems
• Intensive month-long ‘king of the sand’ durability cycle in the Middle East, tackling punishing dirt roads, off-road sand driving and tough inclines in intense desert heat
• Infamous off-road test cycle encompassing thousands of kilometers through the unique deep mud and clay of the Land Rover test center at Eastnor Castle proving grounds, the MIRA and Gaydon durability circuits, and the deep water and ruts of the military proving grounds designed to challenge tanks and personnel carriers.