I though this car will not come to my country, Indonesia. Beside the car price, also tax and others consideration. But, I was totally wrong. After read news from dapurpacu.com [dp], one of famous automotive news in Indonesia, I have to change my mind. This car will come to my country within this week! That’s very surprising me. PT Java Motors, as the agent of Land Rover in Indonesia sent official letter to [dp] and explained about incoming of this car.
Range Rover Evoque is the smallest, lightweight and efficient, throughout history of Land Rover. Evoque is shorter 430 mm and 187 mm lower. There are 2 versions of Evoque, 4WD and Front Wheel Drive. Unfotunately, PT Java Motors didn’t inform yet what version will be sale in Indonesia and also about the price.
In Malaysia, Evoque 3-door coupe with 2.0-liter gasoline engine and 5-door with 2.3 liter diesel engine have been released since last month.
You might be wondering about the clunky naming convention applied to the Evoque. Land Rover is now pushing Range Rover as a sub-brand that produces trendy toys, while Land Rover proper will focus on more practical vehicles. That’s why the Evoque can sit happily beside the similarly sized LR2, with which it shares a platform. Land Rover sees the LR2 as a rival to the Volkswagen Tiguan, while the Evoque is more of an Audi Q5 competitor. Get it? Yeah, it’s a stretch.
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is built around a steel monocoque, but the carmaker’s engineers have worked hard to minimize the mass. The hood, roof panels and key suspension components are aluminum, the structural cross beam is magnesium and the front fenders and tailgate assembly are plastic. The gas-powered coupe weighs 3,615 pounds, with the five-door just 65 pounds heavier. The equivalent Audi Q5 weighs 3,957 pounds.
In Europe, Land Rover will offer a front-wheel-drive Evoque fitted with the diesel engine, but all Evoques for theU.S.will have an all-wheel-drive system with an electronically controlled Haldex center coupling. There are MacPherson struts and antiroll bars front and rear. In “Dynamic” trim the Evoque will also boast an Adaptive Dynamics system that features MagneRide continuously variable dampers just like the ZR1 Corvette and Ferrari 599.
Within the first five yards of travel, it’s clear that the Evoque is much more than an LR2 in a posh frock. The traditional “command” driving position, where you look down upon the hood, is gone, as if to emphasize the Evoque’s sporting pretensions. The electromechanical steering feels muted on center but it weights up nicely around turns. Its agility is impressive, and while you never quite escape the feeling that the center of gravity is higher than ideal, it represents a quantum leap forward for Land Rover and stands comparison with other sharp-handling SUVs such as the BMW X6.
This impression is enhanced if you opt for the Adaptive Dynamics. MagneRide might sound like a gadget but it really works. In the standard mode, the ride is excellent, or you can trade some comfort for the enhanced control of “Dynamic” mode, which also reduces the steering assistance. The standard, passive system picks a spot somewhere between comfort and Dynamic. The ride at first can feel a little firm around town and it fidgets on the highway, but overall it’s a sensible compromise given the Evoque’s role in life.
Land Rover describes the Evoque as “offering all-weather, all-surface capability, which is a hallmark of the brand.” What traditional Defender buyers would make of this watered-down narrative is unclear, but it’s indicative of a change of emphasis as Land Rover seeks to broaden its appeal.
Compared with most fashion-focused SUVs, the Evoque packs some significant off-road toys. The Terrain Response system offers different settings for different terrain, tweaking the throttle response, gearbox, center coupling and braking/stability systems to suit. Also standard are Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Gradient Release Control (GRC), which carefully modulate the braking performance to guide the car down steep descents.
Couple this with a short wheelbase, decent approach and departure angles and an engine with plentiful torque, and you have a surprisingly capable 4×4. You can’t have a low-ratio gearbox or diff locks, but the Evoque was never supposed to be a genuine mud-plugger. It’s at least a match off-road for all its rivals, which is enough for Land Rover and, we suspect, its customers.
I’m so interest with this car, so i give you clear information about specification which i toke from insideline.com.
SPECS & PERFORMANCE
|Year Make Model||2012LandRoverRangeRover Evoque Pure Plus 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)|
|Configuration||Transverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive|
|Engine type||Turbocharged, direct-injected inline-4, gasoline|
|Valvetrain||DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing|
|Compression ratio (x:1)||10.0|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm)||237 @ 5,500|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||251 @ 1,750|
|Fuel type||Premium unleaded (recommended)|
|Transmission type||Six-speed automatic with steering-mounted shift paddles|
|Suspension, front||Independent MacPherson struts, stabilizer bar|
|Suspension, rear||Independent MacPherson struts, stabilizer bar|
|Steering type||Electric speed-proportional power steering|
|Turning circle (ft.)||37.1|
|Tire make and model||Continental Cross Contact|
|Brakes, front||Ventilated disc|
|Track Test Results|
|0-60 mph, mfr. claim (sec.)||7.1|
|Fuel tank capacity (U.S.gal.)||18.5|
|Dimensions & Capacities|
|Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)||3,615|
|Track, front (in.)||63.9|
|Headroom, front (in.)||39.1|
|Headroom, rear (in.)||38.2|
|Approach angle (degrees)||25|
|Departure angle (degrees)||33|
|Breakover angle (degrees)||22|
|Bumper-to-bumper||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Corrosion||6 years/Unlimited miles|
|Roadside assistance||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Free scheduled maintenance||15,000 miles|