The ‘baby’ Range Rover, built at Land Rover’s Halewood plant on Merseyside, went on sale this month in dealerships up and down the country.
However, customers hoping to buy an Evoque, labelled the smallest, lightest and greenest Range Rover ever built, will now have to wait to get behind the wheel of their new luxury SUV.
The compact Evoque comes in three- and five-door variants and with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive – a first for a Range Rover and only the second Land Rover after the Freelander to offer the two-wheel drive option.
The two-wheel drive model comes with a 2.2-litre 150bhp engine and delivers a combined fuel economy of 56.5mpg. It also emits the lowest level of CO2 emissions ever offered on a Range Rover at 133g/km.
Prices for the Range Rover Evoque start from just £29,000 but the interior contains all the luxury touches expected of the high-end brand.
The interior was designed with the help of Victoria Beckham, who took on the role of designer to offer her input into the three specifications, or themes, available with the Range Rover Evoque.
The themes include entry-level Pure, the luxurious Prestige model and the sportier take on the Evoque, the Dynamic specification level, complete with larger alloy wheels and a sportier grille and exhaust to differentiate it from the others.
Over 3,000 orders have been taken for the Range Rover Evoque to date, more than the brand’s initial expectations as demand for the stylish SUV grows.