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Range Rover Evoque 5dr (2011) at Paris show

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

Land Rover’s entire Paris show stand is dominated by Range Rover Evoques. The baby Rangie isn’t due to land in showrooms until summer 2011, but the French show is the first public launch of the Evoque, né LRX.

The car was first shown at a VIP event in Kensington Palace, London in summer 2010, but now we know the full spec on the Evoque. And Land Rover today issued the first picture of the new, taller Range Evoque; it had been planned for a Los Angeles debut in November, but a leaked photo earlier this week has forced them to issue this solitary image today.

The 5dr Evoque will in fact be the big seller and is noticeably taller than the three-door, CAR understands. However, no official data is available on this variant.

The Evoque is Land Rover’s sixth model line. The company realised that a smaller, greener model was required to fit the zeitgeist and the LRX concept car from 2008 was always destined to fulfil that role.

Little has changed from LRX to Evoque. In fact, they’re nearly indistinguishable from outside, bar the bulbous door mirrors and handles, while the bonnet has been lifted by an inch for pedestrian protection reasons. It’s based on the Freelander platform and but its footprint is more compact at 150mm shorter and 100mm lower.

Crucially, the Evoque is also 100-120kg lighter than its Freelander spouse. That’s why the baby Range Rover will – in diesel, two-wheel drive spec – be able to duck beneath the 130g/km barrier. Ditching the 4wd hardware alone saves 75kg.

By Tim Pollard