First look at Evoque 5-door 12 | 11 | 2010

    THIS IS A first look at the all-new five-door Range Rover Evoque ahead of its official unveiling in Los Angeles next week.

    Identical to the three-door in most dimensions and details, including the same aluminium roof pressing, the big difference — apart from the obvious difference in doors — is roof height. The five-door’s roof is 30mm higher and set flatter than the three-door’s, which slopes gently towards the rear.

    Not only is the windscreen lengthened by 60mm, the five-door gets an all-new, slightly deeper, composite tailgate. as you'd expect, the higher roof improves headroom by 30mm in the front and 40mm in the rear cabin.

    As is the case with the three-door Evoque, the five-door’s driving position is different from the Freelander’s. The driver’s seat is around 30mm lower, while the gearchange is about 60mm higher. The taller model weighs around 30gk more than the three-door.

    The five-door Evoque gets the same engine line-up as the three-door (148bhp or 187bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesels and a 237bhp 2.0 petrol turbo) and is available in both two and four-wheel drive. The lower-powered, front-drive diesel three-door returns real-world fuel consumption close to 50mpg, with CO2 emissions below 
130g/km. The five-door, which has slightly more frontal area as well as the extra weight, is expected to be rated below 135g/km.

    Prices are expected to start at around £30,000, which means plush models will hit £38,000.

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    Jim McGill

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