Mike Stevens | Oct 20, 2010

EVOQUE FIVE-DOOR

Unveiled in its production form earlier this month, it's a wonder that Land Rover perseveres with camouflage for the five-door variant of the upcoming Range Rover Evoque.

As spy photos obtained this week show, with the longer Evoque twin undergoing final shakedown testing, the new SUV remains covered head-to-toe in the ubiquitous swirl pattern.

Despite its online unveiling, no other details or images for the five-door have been released at this stage.

Although LR design boss Gerry McGovern has acknowledged the benefit of a five-door version, it seems the three-door will be the star of the pair.

“The three-door coupe is the image-leading vehicle – that’s the vehicle we did as the concept. How it manifests itself when it comes into production, you’ll just have to wait and see," Mr McGovern told industry publication GoAuto.

“If you introduce the extra doors clearly you’re going to lift the roof at the back to give more headroom ... it would give you a slightly different look."

A "slightly different look" is precisely what the five-door Evoque bears. Its extra doors and more utility-minded purpose necessitating a longer body and that straighter, simpler roofline.

As with the three-door, the five-door Evoque will likely be powered by Land Rover's Si4 engine, the British company's version of Ford's EcoBoost 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Weighing 40kg less than Land Rover's inline six, the Si4 engine offers a comparable output, producing 180kW and 360Nm of torque in the Evoque. This same engine is expected to debut in the Australian Ford Falcon sometime in 2011 or 2012.

Diesel engines will also be offered, both 2.2 litre four-cylinder engines producing 110kW and 140kW respectively, paired with either the six-speed auto or a six-speed manual transmission - the latter combined with a fuel-saving stop/start system.

 

Australia

The Evoque is set to go on sale in Europe in mid 2011; Land Rover Australia has confirmed a third quarter 2011 local launch.

Pricing has yet to be revealed.

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