Range Rover Evoque TD4 Black Design Edition 2014 Review

March 12th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

Hoi polloi: it’s the Ancient Greek word for the commoners, plebeians and the great unwashed. When you drive an Evoque Black Design Edition, you’ve elevated yourself above this, yet you still have credibility because it’s got the Land Rover badge which is a bastion of workhorse utility. But it’s not your typical boxy Land Rover you’d drive with a peak cap and a Swanndri. This is the Duchess of Cambridge: she’s got the cocktail dress, but you know there’s a pair of wellies in the boot.

range-rover-evoque-td4-dynamic-2014-rear-quarterAs you get comfortable with being one of the hoi oligoi – the few – you’ll need the ability to circumnavigate your dominion, and fortunately the Evoque comes with some off-road smarts to get you to all four corners. Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque TD4 Black Design Edition 2014 Review” »

Range Rover Evoque Dynamic TD4 Review

March 29th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

The thought of driving 420km with two boxes of badly packed crockery didn’t fill me with excitement. I’d planned to take the iPod with 100 Hits of the ‘80s to drown out the constant clattering with some Whitney, Prefab Sprout and Starship.

However, I shouldn’t have feared because despite roading contractors making blacktop as smooth as Dan Carter’s abs, the Range Rover Evoque soaked up the bumps while Michael Jackson asked, “Can you feel it?” I couldn’t feel it or hear it. Not only are you extraordinarily well insulated from road noise and engine noise, the smooth ride meant I didn’t need to crank up the stereo because the crockery wasn’t clattering.

The Evoque is Range Rover’s baby SUV. It gets you into the luxury SUV segment for quite a bit less than a full-fledged Range Rover Sport or Vogue (as little as $80,000, but you’ll probably spend the best part of Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque Dynamic TD4 Review” »

NZ-bound Range Rover Evoque previewed in Auckland

September 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The new Range Rover Evoque isn’t due to go on sale in NZ till November but was given a sneak preview at an Auckland event last night. Land Rover customers and interested parties checked out the striking design of the new SUV at Archibald and Shorter Roverland in Greenlane.

When the compact luxury off-roader arrives in NZ it will be available with a choice of three engines, two body styles, three design themes and a range of options and accessories. The body shapes are a five-door and 2-door coupe with the design themes being Pure, Dynamic and Prestige. Standard features will include push button start, electric park brake, rear parking aid, colour TFT information screen, 6/4 way adjustable electric seats. Optional equipment include three contrasting roof treatments, seven alloy wheel designs, 16 contrasting interiors and a full sized, fixed, panoramic glass roof. Continue reading “NZ-bound Range Rover Evoque previewed in Auckland” »

Range Rover Evoque production begins – in NZ this November

July 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Production of the Range Rover Evoque at Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool, England has begun this week.

The first shipment of Evoques for New Zealand will go on sale here in November.

Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO, Ralf Speth together with JLR executive officers, union representatives and employees, gathered to celebrate the start of Evoque production. The first car to roll off the production line was donated to the British Motor Industry Heritage trust.

“The Evoque is an incredibly exciting vehicle that joins a product range which across both of our brands is the strongest we have ever had – and it fits in perfectly,” commented Dr Speth. “The teams that have designed, engineered and built the new Evoque, working together with our research and supplier partners, can be immensely proud of their achievement. Worldwide interest in our new car has been exceptional.” Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque production begins – in NZ this November” »

Range Rover Evoque – NZ pricing and specs annouced

June 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Pricing and local specification has just been announced for Range Rover’s all new Evoque. The compact SUV is expected to arrive in New Zealand before the end of the year will be available from $79,990

The Evoque will be available with a choice of three engines, two body styles, three design themes and a range of customization options and accessories.

It will be available in two body shapes a 5-door and a 2-door Coupe with initial deliveries starting from November.

The Evoque will touch down in three design themes: Pure, Dynamic and Prestige and there will be optional equipment and styling packs. Options available include three contrasting roof treatments, seven alloy wheel designs, 16 contrasting interiors and a full sized, fixed, panoramic glass roof. Standard features will include push button start, electric park brake, rear parking aid, colour TFT information screen, 6/4 way adjustable electric seats.

All Evoques will come with a six speed automatic 4WD transmission. Manual gearbox models will only be available to specific customer order. Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque – NZ pricing and specs annouced” »

Land Rover to upsize Evoque with ‘Grand’ model

June 23rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Recent reports are suggesting that Land Rover is developing a larger Evoque mini-crossover, creating a fourth variant to the Land Rover model line.

Apparently if the mysterious vehicle would find a place between the standard Evoque and the Range Rover Sport in terms of size and also pricing. It would however, be built on the same platform as the Evoque and share much of its running gear. What exactly this would mean for the LR2/Freelander model is uncertain. It may even be named the “Grand Evoque”.  Continue reading “Land Rover to upsize Evoque with ‘Grand’ model” »

Range Rover Evoque arriving in NZ with broad personalisation options

March 21st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Trim levels and customisation options have been announced for the all new Range Rover Evoque, which arrives in New Zealand at the end of the year.

It will come in three design themes: Pure, Prestige and Dynamic and have a number of bespoke accessories, many designed specifically for the Evoque.

Range Rover has produced an large range of personalisation options for the new Evoque. Both the 5-Door and coupé can be specified to suit individual tastes through a range of colour and feature combinations.

The three design themes replace traditional trim levels and are called: Pure (cool and contemporary), Prestige (luxurious) and Dynamic (bold and sporting). Beyond these themes, customers can add their own personal styles, inside and out. Designer exterior packs provide contrasting colours for the roof and front and rear spoilers, and there are eight alloy wheel designs (from 17 to 20 inches). A panoramic glass roof is available, together with roof rails (in black or chrome finish) and illuminated chrome and aluminium tread plates.

In the cabin, individual expression is possible with a choice of 16 tailored designer interiors, together with a selection of metal finishes, wood veneers and contrasting headlining colours. To heighten the hand-crafted feel, a full soft leather interior can be specified with twin-needle stitching. Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque arriving in NZ with broad personalisation options” »

Land Rover to debut 5-door Evoque – in NZ next year

November 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Range Rover’s 5-Door version of the all-new Evoque will makes its global public debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.

The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque is set to join the coupe model to create a desirable line-up that will compete in the premium compact SUV segment.

With the same compact footprint and advanced technologies as the coupe model, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque reinforces Land Rover’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The Evoque is positioned as the smallest, lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever.

To deliver greater efficiency, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque features lightweight construction techniques and petrol and diesel engines comes that come with direct injection.

The more spacious interior of the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque has not been achieved by enlarging the compact footprint of the coupe model: the overall length and width remain identical.

Measuring 30mm taller than the coupe model, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque adds further space to the cabin. Rear seat passengers benefit from over 50mm more shoulder room, along with generous headroom.

The rear seats, with seat belts and head restraints for three passengers, have 60/40 folding seat squabs and are equipped with ISOFIX child seat mounts. When required, luggage capacity can be expanded to 1445 litres.

The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque shares its turbocharged powertrain line-up with the Coupe model.

Like the coupe model, the 5-Door Evoque benefits from the same high-end innovative technologies as the larger Range Rovers. A control system and touch-screen display combines a stylish, uncluttered layout with state-of-the-art functionality.

The display is available with dual-view technology, so that driver and passenger can view independent content.

Connectivity options include Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone and audio streaming, plus a range of USB and auxiliary inputs for iPods and other portable devices.

The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque follows the coupe model by offering customers the choice of three main vehicle design themes.

‘Pure ‘combines the original concept-car exterior with a stylish, clean interior in neutral colours. Soft-touch wrapped materials on the major surfaces contrast with the metal brushed aluminium trim.

‘Prestige’ is all about luxury, combining a bespoke exterior that includes unique, 19-inch wheels and sparkling metallic details with an interior that is almost entirely leather-wrapped.

‘Dynamic’ brings a bold exterior with 20-inch wheels and unique bumpers, sills, grille and tailpipes for a more assertive, confident stance. Contrasting roof and spoiler colours are available, while the premium sports interior offers sports seats with splashes of bright contrast colour.

Both coupe and 5-Door models of the Range Rover Evoque will be manufactured at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in Merseyside, UK. The car will go on sale in the northern hemisphere from summer 2011 and in New Zealand late next year.

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