Following an initial unveiling in three door form at the Paris motor show last month, Range Rover has revealed a more practical five-door version of its stylish new Evoque in a series of official images ahead of its public premiere at next week's Los Angeles auto show.Sister car to the recently facelifted Land Rover Freelander, with which it shares much of its mechanical package, the five-door Evoque is the same length and width as the three-door version of the new entry level Range Rover.
But in an effort to provide greater rear seat headroom Range Rover designers have given it a flatter roof that sits 30mm higher than the more heavily sloping structure of its overtly sporting sibling. The changes to the turret have necessitated a 60mm longer windscreen for improved frontal vision while the side windows are also more upright in a move that brings an added 50mm of shoulder room according to Range Rover’s own figures.
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Range Rover’s head of design, Gerry McGovern, said the five door will expose the brand to a whole new group of customers “It was always our intent to open up Range Rover to a bigger audience. And the this particular version of the Evoque will appeal to customers who had never even considered a Range Rover before. The design is key to that. It’s like no other Range Rover we’ve seen.”
The least powerful diesel is planned to be sold with a standard stop/start system that in combination with brake energy recuperation is claimed to result in combined city/hightway consumption of better than 47mpg (US) on the European test cycle.
Based on the same platform as the recently facelifted Land Rover Freelander, the new Evoque is planned to be sold with the choice of both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive depending on the engine. Gearboxes include a standard six-speed manual.
In announcing the five-door Evoque, Range Rover has also confirmed that its latest model will receive MagnaRide variable rate shock absorbers as option equipment, claiming it improves on-road handling without compromising off-road ability.