First Range Rover Evoque produced
The first Range Rover Evoque has driven off the production line at the company’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool.
The launch of the premium SUV is one of 40 changes to the Jaguar Land Rover line up will carry out in the next five years as part of its most ambitious market offensive yet.
The first Evoque to come out of the production line will be donated to the British Motor Industry Heritage trust.
Land Rover are pleased with the interest expressed worldwide for the new model, it has already received 18,000 customer orders for the Evoque.
The Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ralf Speth, said: ‘It is a ground breaking product, a Range Rover with concept car looks, lightweight technologies and the capability to deliver 50mpg fuel economy’.
The Evoque is available as either a five-door or three-door coupe, and comes with a choice of diesel and petrol engines. The range includes an updated 2.2 litre turbodiesel with 150hp or 190hp, the less powerful unit is estimated to deliver an emission rate of 130g/km CO2.
Also available is a new 2.0 litre Si4 petrol engine, which combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and will reach 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds.
Pricing for the Evoque starts from £27,955 for the eD4 Pure five-door six speed manual 2WD specification, while the 4WD equivalent is £28,705. The range-topping Si4 6 Speed automatic Dynamic coupe with LUX pack will cost £44,320.
The Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in September this year; all specifications will be launched by 2012.