2010 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Land Rover will officially debut its Range Rover Evoque at the Paris auto show.
- Range Rover Evoque is the smallest SUV ever built by Land Rover.
- Evoque gets a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
PARIS — Land Rover is preparing to give its Range Rover Evoque a splashy rollout at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The crossover-styled Evoque is the smallest vehicle ever to come from the high-end SUV maker; with it, Land Rover is looking to reach a new niche of buyers. It's based on the LRX Concept that was shown at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.
The Evoque is notable for its diminutive size at 17 inches shorter in length and 7 inches lower than the Range Rover Sport, measuring 171 inches in overall length. Land Rover calls its design "coupelike."
The Evoque has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and features permanent all-wheel drive. Land Rover Terrain Response and optional Adaptive Dynamics with MagneRide make the small Range Rover adaptable to a variety of road surfaces.
The luxury-styled cabin offers options including a full-size panoramic glass roof, Bluetooth and a surround camera system.
The first customers will get the Evoque in the fall of 2011. Land Rover plans to sell the Evoque in 160 countries around the world. Meanwhile, the automaker has set up a dedicated launch Web site.
Edmunds.com says: Khakis and pith helmet not required attire for this Range Rover. — Laura Sky Brown, Correspondent