Range Rover Evoque TD4 Pure (2011)

The smallest Range Rover ever has a 380W Meridian sound system, voice recognition and DVD playback. Four-wheel drive is standard, for the moment.


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In brief

Three trim levels are available across the range: Pure, Dynamic and Prestige.

The Pure features 17-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, climate control, push-button start, cruise control, rear parking sensors, a 5-inch display in the instrument cluster and seats trimmed in part-leather and part-polyester. On the road, Hill Launch Assist will make manual driving a little easier, while off-road there's Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control. The sound system features a 5-inch display, eight speakers, Bluetooth for hands-free and music streaming and audio controls on the steering wheel.

Dynamic models have 19-inch alloy wheels, a sports body kit and detailing, aluminium pedals and other metal finishings on the inside. There's also an up-spec 380W Meridian audio system with an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen, 11 speakers and two USB ports.

Prestige variants gain a more restrained exterior, full leather interior with wood highlights, xenon headlights with LED driving lights and the same 380W Meridian sound system. An AU$5900 tech pack for both the Prestige and Dynamic adds navigation with off-road information, a hard disk for storing up to 10 ripped CDs, DVD playback, voice recognition, a powered tailgate and reversing camera.

At launch, all Evoques will come with four-wheel drive, and buyers will have the option of three engines: 110kW (badged TD4) and 140kW (SD4) versions of the company's 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, and a turbocharged 2-litre petrol engine (Si4) with 177kW of power. A six-speed auto can be had on all engines, while the six-speed manual is only available on diesel engine models. Don't tell the old man, but the first front-wheel drive Range Rover will became available in early 2012.

Outlook

The base level TD4 Pure with a manual transmission kicks the party off at AU$53,395. The auto transmission is priced at AU$2480, while stepping up to the Dynamic requires an additional AU$13,000 and the Prestige demands a further AU$2000. The same formula applies to the AU$57,395 manual SD4 and the AU$60,395 auto-only Si4.

The Evoque lands in Australian showrooms in November 2011. Two body styles will be available, a five-door wagon and a three-door that's been cheekily dubbed a "coupe". Just as cheeky, the sexier, less practical three-door is AU$1500 more expensive than the five-door.



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