Range Rover Evoque testing begins

If you’re near Merseyside in the coming weeks, you might catch a glimpse of the most exciting new car to arrive this year.

We’re talking, of course, about the Range Rover Evoque. For the next six weeks a host of motoring media types will be taking the new ‘baby’ Range Rover out for a test drive around the area to test out its driving ability, luxury and engines.

However, for those arriving expecting to find a ‘soft-roader’ – remember the Evoque will be available as a two wheel drive car – there could be a shock in store.

“We couldn’t build a Range Rover that didn’t have full off-road capability,” explains UK managing director Colin Green, emphasising the luxury brand’s dedication to leading the way in off-road luxury as it has done for many years.

Land Rover knows the important of keeping its reputation for off-road ability intact and as shown on a recent Top Gear segment when the Evoque, and James May, took on the deserts of Nevada, the Evoque retains this ability.

This is mostly down to Land Rover’s All Terrain System, which features options for several different terrain types such as snow and sand in case off-roading is needed.

However, UK customers are more likely going to be interested in the engine choices they have. Below is a short roundup of the engines available with the Evoque.

There are two2.2-litre turbodiesel options delivering either 190PS or 150PS. The front-wheel drive Range Rover Evoque with the 150PS 2.2-litre engine achieves 58mpg and less than 130g/km of CO2 emissions. The four-wheel-drive 2.2-litre 150PS delivers 50mpg and sub 145g/km CO2.

Finally, a new 240PS, 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing to deliver with a 0-60mph time of 7.1 seconds.

The Range Rover Evoque will be available for UK customers in September, but pre-orders are being taken now.