Video: Two years after unveiling the LRX concept, Land Rover has released new information about its almost-identical Range Rover Evoque
The three-door compact crossover features will be offered in three different trim levels. The entry-level 'Pure' features cloth upholstery and brushed aluminium trim. The next level up, the luxury 'Prestige' adds 19-inch wheels, wood trim and a two-tone leather interior. The sporty 'Dynamic' boasts an aerodynamic body kit, 19-inch wheels and leather seats.
Under the hood, there will be two 2.2-litre turbo-diesel powerplants producing 110kW (148hp) and 140kW (187hp). Both of the models will have stop-start as standard when accompanied by a manual gearbox.
The turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, producing 177kW (237hp), is a version of Ford's EcoBoost engine.
The front-wheel-drive diesel engine will reportedly return 58mpg and less than 130g/km of CO² when paired with a manual gearbox (adding two wheels will up the figures by 8mpg and more than 15g/km).
But the diesels and petrol motor will also be offered with four-wheel drive and six-speed auto transmission.
In terms of technology, the Evoque offers Bluetooth/iPod/USB connectivity, a 17-speaker Meridian audio system, GPS navigation, and a rear seat entertainment system.
Other options include park assist, dual-zone climate control with a timer facility, a powered tailgate, adaptive headlights and a heated windscreen. A full-length panoramic roof will be on the list, but contrasting paint colours of lid will be a no-cost option if you don't want glass.
The cloth upholstery is made from 100% recycled polyester, and similarly, the interior's aluminium highlights are also recycled, and even the plastic components in the cabin are reportedly made from 35% recycled plastic.
Land Rover's boss says he wants the new Evoque to follow the original Range Rover and "create a new segment of the market" when it arrives in showrooms next year.
Phil Popham said he believes the production Evoque has the potential to kick-start a new 'baby premium' area of the market.
"Historically Land Rover has a record on creating new market segments or at least guiding them in another direction," he said. "Think back to the original Range Rover, the Freelander or the Range Rover Sport. We're optimistic that Evoque can achieve the same."
The Range Rover Evoque will be sold in more than 160 countries.