The Evoque would be the smallest Land Rover in the lineup: several inches shorter than the LR2 (nee Freelander) and about a half an inch narrower. The wheelbase is exactly the same, which broadly hints that the Evoque will ride on a chassis similar to that of the LR2. Where Evoque would be much different is in its height, which at a “mere” 60.4 inches is at least eight inches lower than the LR2.
Curb weights could be 300-400 pounds less than LR2 models, with the base model tipping the scales at a positively svelte 3,527 pounds. In addition to being the lightest Land Rover, the company promises Evoque will also be the thriftiest and cleanest -– from an environmental standpoint.
It will retain Land Rover’s traditional prowess in off-road operation, while upgrading the inside of the cabin. It will be equipped with the latest version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response System that will offer customers a choice between the standard, full-time, intelligent, 4-wheel-drive system. It will also provide a 2-wheel-drive option, for maximum fuel economy on-road.
The powertrains to be offered feature turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. The 2-liter gasoline engine, for which no advance fuel economy figures were given, uses technologies like variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. A 2.2-liter diesel will come in two different power variations, with the most efficient version offering fuel economy exceeding 50 miles per gallon, the company said in a press release. Diesel models equipped with a manual transmission will feature an idle stop-start feature to further enhance fuel economy and lower carbon-dioxide emissions.
The Evoque, to be produced at the company’s Halewood plant in the United Kingdom, will come to market in summer 2011.