The 2011 Range Rover Evoque may be the best looking SUV (or crossover, depending upon your perspective) in the history of mankind. Will you be able to ford jungle streams and climb straight up the side of a volcano in one, like you could in a Land Rover Defender or a classic Range Rover? No, probably not, unless the stream is only a few inches deep and the volcano has a gravel road to the caldera. That certainly won’t hurt Evoque sales, since the urban-hip SUV is aimed at a buyer more concerned with image than with capabilities.
We’ve already seen the two door Evoque, and it’s damn sexy for a car with no sporting intentions. Here’s the four door version, and I’m happy to say that the bigger Evoque has given up none of its stunning good looks in the transition towards practicality. I’m liking the contrasting white roof option, which actually makes the Evoque look smaller, not a bad thing when you’re trying to disguise your SUV roots.
All the amenities you’ve heard about in the two door will also be offered with the four door. Want a 17 speaker, 825 watt stereo system designed by Meridian? Terrain Response driver selectable traction control? MagneRide suspension? Panoramic glass roof? You can check the option box for all of these and more. Don’t want AWD for your weekend trips to Dean and DeLuca or Zabar’s? No problem, since the Evoque will be the first Range Rover to offer FWD as an alternative to AWD.
Range Rover purists will call the Evoque all style without substance, but I’ll bet that Range Rover sells all they can build of both the two and four door models. Expect pricing to start in the mid $40,000 range when they go on sale in Q3 of 2011.