Range Rover Evoque makes UK debut

It will represent a chance for the hundreds of people who have paid deposits for the ‘baby’ Range Rover to finally see the car up close before deliveries begin in the summer.

Land Rover brand director, John Edwards and Land Rover designer director, Gerry McGovern will be on hand to reveal the newest model in the Land Rover range in London today at the London Boat Show.

The smallest Land Rover ever made is also the lightest, and is aimed at a new market for the brand famous for its rugged off-roaders.

Instead the more compact Evoque is aimed at on-road drivers, and a two-wheel drive option is being offered.

Available in three- of five-door versions, the Evoque will continue the high-end luxury seen in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, and features an interior designed with the help of Victoria Beckham.

Customers at the London Boat Show will not be able to drive the Evoque today, but when the models are finally delivered running costs are expected to be lower than any other Land Rover car in history.

In two-wheel guise, the Range Rover Evoque will deliver around 58mpg if specified with the 150hp eD4 engine.

It will also be the first Land Rover model to deliver CO2 emissions below 130g/km, making it one of the more efficient small SUVs on the market today and the most eco-friendly Land Rover ever.

The Evoque, with its coupe-like roofline and bold styling seen in the LRX concept car, will also bring down the entry-level price of the upmarket Range Rover range to as low as £30,000.

Built at the Halewood plant in Liverpool, production of the Evoque has created 1,500 new jobs at the plant.