Saturday, April 7, 2012

Range Rover Evoque : World Car Design of the Year 2012


Range Rover Evoque : World Car Design of the Year 2012. Range Rover Evoque now in Malaysia.The Evoque comes in two bodystyles – a 5-door (above left) and a 3-door (right) – both of which are offered by Land Rover Malaysia (LRM). Both look virtually identical which is quite an achievement for the sleek shape and there’s only 10 mm difference in overall length. The sleekness tricks the eyes into thinking the Evoque is a long vehicle when its 4365 mm length is actually shorter than that of the Ford Escape (4480 mm) and it’s also 70 mm narrower than the Freelander. But the roofline is low, unusual for a Range Rover and it is low enough that the 3-door variant is referred to as a ‘coupe’.

Two 4-cylinder engines are available for the Malaysian market – a 2.0-litre petrol producing 240 ps/340 Nm and a 2.2-litre turbodiesel producing 190 ps/420 Nm. The petrol engine is supplied by Ford (remember, development of the model started there) and is one of the EcoBoost units which employ turbocharging and direct-injection to get more power out of the 1999 cc, comparable to a 6-cylinder engine. It’s essentially the same unit found in the latest Ford Mondeo and S-MAX but with a bit of custom-tuning to suit the Evoque’s usage requirements. As for the turbodiesel, this is the unit found in the Freelander.

Both engines come with 6-speed automatic transmissions supplied by Aisin-Warner and though there are front-wheel drive variants also available, LRM is currently offering only the 4WD variants. In other countries, front-wheel drive variants may be acceptable because they can be priced lower but with Malaysia’s unreasonably high taxes, the price points for the Evoque here are high and customers would be unwilling to buy it if it did not come with 4WD – which a real Range Rover should have.

PRICES (without insurance, P.Malaysia/East Malaysia)

2.0-litre Petrol Coupe Dynamic Plus – RM393,888/RM397,388
2.0-litre Petrol 5-Door Prestige – RM363,888/RM367,388
2.2-litre Diesel 5-Door Prestige – RM353,888/RM357,388

2 comments to “Range Rover Evoque : World Car Design of the Year 2012”

  • May 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
    willson says:

    It's looking super stylish,awesome interior and exterior and technologically very advanced.I am astonished by this car looking.I have some updates for car lovers of India.
    Maruti Suzuki India has rolled out its much awaited MPV Maruti Ertiga in six variant on 12th April. Maruti Ertiga price ranges from Rs. 5.89 lakh to Rs. 8.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

  • May 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM
    MZN says:

    thanks for your comment


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