Land Rover promises five-door Evoque

While the three-door version will arrive first in the UK, Managing Director Phil Popham revealed at the Paris Show a five-door model would be unveiled later in 2010.

Describing the higher roofline to accommodate the two extra doors, Popham explained the car had to be redesigned to offer the five-door variant.

Inside, the interior is expected to match that of the three-door Evoque, with a choice of luxury upholstery and a host of gadgets as expected from the Range Rover sub-brand.

The smallest ever Land Rover model ever is also the first to be offered in two-wheel drive. Sitting underneath the Range Rover Sport, the Range Rover Evoque is a controversial offering from the Tata Motors-owned brand.

The three-door Evoque is aimed at downsizers from larger luxury SUVs such as the original Range Rover, as well as new, untraditional, customers – a tactic emphasised by the appointment of Victoria Beckham as a designer on the Evoque.

The three-door model is expected to be extremely popular with people looking for a soft-road luxury vehicle, although it will boast Land Rover’s class-leading ‘Terrain Response’ system.

The engines, the most efficient ever used in a Land Rover, comprise a 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel offering sub-130g/km emissions and a 238bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit.

Engine details for the five-door version have not been released, but they are expected to be similar, if not the same, as the three-door Evoque.

The Range Rover Evoque, which will be built in the UK at the Halewood plant in Liverpool, will be available to buy from summer next year, with prices for the three-door model expected to start at around £30,000.

To cope with the expected demand for the new Evoque, Land Rover recently announced it would be creating 1,000 new jobs at the Halewood plant.