With 20-inch wheels and styling that eschews a typical SUV tough-guy cues such as faux skidplates, the three-door and five-door Range Rover Sport, are aimed at upscale urban drivers who aspire.
Dimensionally, the Evoque twins are the same except that the five-door is about one inch taller and rear-seat passengers get about two more inches of shoulder room in the more-spacious back seat.
As in the three-door, the five’s powertrain will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection, four-cylinder, making about 240 hp, paired with a full-time all-wheel drive. The engine is from Ford’s new family of EcoBoost four-cylinders. The powertrain will make the Evoque twins the two most expensive four-cylinder vehicles in some world market.
The Evoque uses the largely steel, front-drive-based car platform under the Land Rover LR2, although only about 30 per cent of the parts are carry-over. The Evoque’s sportier stance and proportions require major changes to the body stampings and suspension, says Land Rover managing director Phil Popham.
The three-door Evoque should come in around 220 pounds lighter than the 4250-pound LR2, the five-door about 154 pounds lighter, says Popham.