The smallest, lightest and most efficient Land Rover model ever built has been designed to lower the brand’s average CO2 emissions ahead of EU emissions targets.
This means the Evoque will be the first Land Rover model to be offered with two-wheel drive as the manufacturer chases a new, predominantly female market.
"These are exciting times for our business," said CEO Dr Ralf Speth. "Not only will the Range Rover Evoque increase our worldwide market share, it helps to define a new segment for premium compact SUVs that are more sporting and stylish.”
The Range Rover Evoque, the third model in the sub-brand, comes with a coupe-like roof and an interior designed in collaboration with Victoria Beckham – although many would guess she has been brought on board for marketing purposes as opposed to a design role.
Land Rover will offer three trim levels; entry-level Pure, the luxurious Prestige and sporty Dynamic. Middle-range Prestige models add 19" wheels and a leather-wrapped interior.
The sporty character of the model is emphasised with the Dynamic trim level with a host of sports styling including 20" wheels, new grille and bumper, sports seats and contrasting roof and spoiler colours.
As expected from a Range Rover model, the Evoque comes generously equipped as standard. Park Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Surround Camera System, climate control and a host of entertainment gadgets are included on all models.
There are complemented by Land Rover’s most efficient engines ever in the shape of a 2.2-litre turbodiesel in 150 or 190PS variations and a 2.0-litre, 240PS petrol engine.
The smaller of the two diesels delivers an impressive 58mpg and emits 130g/km, while the four-wheel drive version comes in at 50mpg and 145g/km.
The Range Rover Evoque will be introduced at the Paris Motor Show on 30 September. It will then go on sale in 160 countries worldwide, with UK deliveries starting in summer 2011.