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2012 Range Rover Evoque Price, Review & Picture

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2012 Range Rover Evoque Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, Range Rover’s new Evoque compact sports utility is virtually identical to the concept unveiled at Detroit 2008, the LRX. With its innovative design, the Evoque is in the vanguard of a new downsized luxury segment that has the automotive world chattering.

Think of the Evoque as the product of a marriage between a European sports hatchback such as the Mini Cooper and a compact sports utility such as the BMW X1. It’s a great ride, with positive handling, well-controlled body roll and terrific steering. The Evoque’s drive is crisper than anything else in its class or on the Land Rover roster. The Ford four-cylinder twin-scroll turbo motor pulls admirably for a 2-liter, though it burns through gas if you push it. The six-speed Aisin Warner auto transmission occasionally gets lost for a moment when you are just cruising. The chassis setup is biased towards on-road ride and handling, but there’s enough suspension to handle a bumpy ascent, and the new speed-adjustable descent control will ensure you make it back down safely.

The dual-view screen on the center console uses the Parallax Barrier Technology first introduced on the 2010 Range Rover. It allows the driver and passenger to view different images on the same screen based on their viewing angle. So while the passenger watches TV or a DVD, the driver sees navigation information. It works really well. Dual-view screens are still banned in the U.S., but Land Rover says it plans to challenge that rule.

Try as they might, even the motor industry’s best engineering teams are struggling to match the steering feel and feedback of a good hydraulic setup with the latest generation of electronically assisted steering systems. The Evoque’s is good but imperfect. Oh, and those back seats are pretty cramped, especially in the three-door “coupe,” which has a lower roofline. Placed on a mantel, the jewel-like taillamps would look like modern art. We also love the glittering switches and dials on the facia borrowed from more expensive Range Rover models.

Inspired by the wartime U.S. Jeep, the original Land Rover was a boxy utility device. That all changed in 1970, when the little British automaker launched the world’s first luxury SUV, the Range Rover. Now Land Rover is trying to change the game again with this new baby version. There’s a real buzz about the 4×4 Evoque, and for good reason: It’s a small SUV that feels big and luxurious and drives like an all-weather European sports coupe. The Range Rover’s good looks are at the heart of the car’s appeal, so we have to credit Gerry McGovern’s design team for managing to keep the proportions of the 2008 LRX concept car. The Evoque is intended to attract a new range of younger, urban buyers. With a dazzling design and great handling, the Evoque has a good chance of doing just that.

Price : $43,995 to $44,995

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