Amazing and beautiful SUV Range Rover Evoque is set to be launched in India in the next month of November. Evoque would definitely give stiff competition to its rival BMW X1.
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.
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.
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.