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by Brett Davis

Range Rover has released a preview of the upcoming Range Rover Evoque prior to its Paris Motor Show debut. The car in the photo is said to sit exactly like the production version including all exterior and interior trimmings.

We’ve already seen many versions of the Evoque – from prototypes, to concepts to spied test cars – but this, Range Rover say, is the one you’ll be able to buy in 2012… well, technically speaking Range Rover will be taking orders in mid-2011 from European buyers.

It has been confirmed that the Evoque will be powered by the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine. It’ll be called the Si4 engine though. The new Ford engine will produce 177kW in this car which will certainly be enough power to pull the smallest Range Rover ever produced through most circumstances.

Also on option will be two 2.2-litre turbo diesel four cylinder engines. One which offers 110kW (called the TD4) and another that offers 140kW (SD4). Both engines present excellent fuel economy and low emission levels, especially the 110kW TD4 package. This has recorded fuel consumption rates of 5.6L/100km whilst emitting just 145 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

Inside, the Evoque represents high luxury combined with plenty of technology, as typical as any Range Rover should be. Take the gear selector for instance. It doesn’t have one. Instead, a rotary selector rises up from within the centre console to meet perfectly with your hand.

The car is also equipped with a range of electronic aids and in-car entertainment gizmos, such as Park Assist, Adaptive Dynamics suspension with MagneRide technology and an eight-inch, dual view central entertainment navigation display.

The Range Rover Evoque will make its first public debut at the Paris Motor Show, opening September 30. We’ll bring you more images and details that emerge from the show and more details of the Australian specifications when they come to hand.




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