Range Rover Evoque unveiled at Kensington Palace (+video)

Range Rover Evoque unveiled at Kensington Palace (+video)

Range Rover’s newest model, the Evoque, has been unveiled in London as part of the celebrations of the marque’s 40th anniversary.

Held at the Orangery, Kensington Palace, the production Evoque looks almost identical to the LRX concept vehicle on which it’s based.

The Range Rover Evoque will join the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport line-up in the northern hemisphere summer of 2011 and reach New Zealand later next year. It will be the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient Range Rover ever produced.

Customers will have a choice of both a 4WD and a 2WD version, with below 130g/km CO2 emissions demonstrating the Range Rover brand’s fresh commitment to environmental sustainability.

While the company declined to release exact specifications, engine options will likely include a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, a 3.2-liter petrol inline six-cylinder, and possibly a hybrid 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

“Today is a very special occasion for Range Rover, not only are we celebrating 40 years of the brand, we are also demonstrating our exciting future by showing the all-new Range Rover Evoque. Range Rover is one of the most highly regarded and iconic vehicles in the history of motoring and has been a continuing success since we first introduced it in 1970,” said Phil Popham, the managing director of Land Rover.

“The all-new Range Rover Evoque, is an important step for the future continued success and growth of the brand. Customers can be confident that the new car will be premium, luxurious and just as special as the other Range Rover models. Its sporting looks and unique qualities will open the brand to a new group of customers who may not have considered a Range Rover product before.”

“The all-new Range Rover Evoque will be built at our multi-award winning plant in Halewood, creating 1,000 new jobs in the Merseyside area, a fantastic boost to the UK economy. The Halewood plant has a reputation for excellence and quality and is recognised throughout the industry as a leader in Lean Manufacturing,” said Mr Popham.

“The all-new Range Rover Evoque is a true global car and will be sold in over 160 countries. It was important to give the car a name that was instantly recognisable through language and cultural boundaries throughout the world. We wanted to create a new name which was innovative and different. A name which implies exclusivity and arouses emotions. Evoque is cosmopolitan and cross-continental, sophisticated and matches the car’s urban elegance,” he added.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director said: “The Range Rover is an iconic design that has stood the test of time and it’s not difficult to see why. Like the current version, the original Range Rover is such a simple and memorable shape that is easily recognisable.

“The all-new Range Rover Evoque marks a bold evolution of Range Rover design, providing customers with a desirable, premium and compact car like SUV. In 2008 we introduced the LRX concept car: after a positive reception worldwide, the natural step for the business was to turn the LRX concept car into reality. Tonight we wanted to show the world that we have stayed true to our word and delivered a car that completely represents the spirit of the LRX concept.”

Look out more more information and specifications when the Evoque makes its public debut at the Paris Motor Show this September.

See a brief video from the Range Rover Evoque’s unveiling below.

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