The 2013 Land Rover Evoque price beginsaround $41,145 and climbs up to $50,225with add-on packages.
By H. Throttle
You can tell the popularity of a car or SUV when you arrive up to a social event and the valet drivers comes to your car door to accept the key or use the now popular “smart key” concept.
This new Range Rover Evoque, now in its second year of production, emits smiles from the young males as they speed away in the car for several blocks. (Usually changing the seat selection for the short yardage.)
The new Evoque is precious, not a word to describe it’s tougher Land Rover big brothers that have all of the dials, river and mountain driving controls. It would be a shame to take this “Fuji white” Evoque anywhere but to a social event or drop the kids off at school. This is mother’s Land Rover version of one of the most masculine vehicles produced in the British Empire and now Indian owned by Tata Motor Co.
Land Rover has become truly international in production, ownership and sales making a strong showing around the world.
The engine for the Evoque is manufactured in Spain, the transmission in Japan; the “Fuji” paint name didn’t come from Ireland.
Tata is one of the largest manufacturers of buses and vehicles in the world run by the Tata family in India. It seems fitting that since they purchased Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford a few years back that they have made dramatic improvements in these products in both mechanical and design elements.
The Evoque is elegant with smooth as silk in design with “almond/expresso” trim. It’s not a large SUV and can be parked easily with all of the cameras showing color pictures in rear parking.
With due credit to Ford Motor Company, they began to turbo-charge and develop four-cylinder engines in the last decade to compere with hybrid products. To the auto industries credit, they have been able to make some dynamic advancements to these four-cylinder engines, and by adding turbo chargers and multi-gear transmission, have been able to engineer outstanding fuel and vehicle performance. No doubt Tata paid some attention to Fords engineering in their development of future power plant engines, at least that might be a thoughtful concept.
The end result of the success of this smaller engine is to greatly diminish the need for hybrid cars and battery driven technology. The smaller engines are delivering up to 40 mpg on regular gasoline. The 2.L Evoque produced 240 horsepower along with a turbo charger that provides a mighty thrust to the powerful six speed transmission delivering 28 mpg.
What a thrill to step on the gas and have that turbo-charger kick in, the vehicle has more than adequate power even without the turbo boost.
Like Porsche, the Evoque has paddle shifters behind the steering wheel for easy shifting from manual shift modes, to sports, or standard drive.
It has braking precision with every range of brake and all terrain anti-braking systems along with dynamic stability controls. You can’t find a more complete safety set of brakes and safety features.
The ride is firm and comfortable with an individual wheel coil springs and front and rear anti-roll bars.
List price begins around $41,145 and climbs up to $50,225 with navigation equipment, color TV cameras, special audio packages, but the price is competitive to other market SUV products.
This is a very special product and really very adaptable to city and mountain driving. A very strong choice for drivers who want something very special to drive and enjoy.
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