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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque news, pictures, and information
THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, MOST FUEL-EFFICIENT RANGE ROVER EVER PRODUCED•Luxurious cross-coupé design wîth a compact and more efficient footprint
•Attracting a new group of customers to the Range Rover brand
•Bold exterior design is an evolution of Range Rover design language
•Strong, clean interior architecture wîth a contemporary and sporting feel
•Premium cabin wîth same high quality materials as the larger Range Rovers
•Available wîth full-sized glass panoramic roof that floods the interior wîth natural light
•Class-leading sustainability – efficient powertrains and advanced lightweight materials
•Smaller – 430 mm shorter and 187 mm lower – than the Range Rover Sport
•Available in both four-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive versions
•Fuel-efficient, turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines deliver excellent performance wîth low CO2 emissions •Front-wheel-drive, 2.2-litre turbodiesel (150PS eD4) offers impressive 58mpg* and sub 130g/km* CO2 emissions •Two derivatives of the 2.2-litre turbodiesel (150PS TD4 and 190PS SD4)
•A new, 240PS, 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine combining six-cylinder refinement and performance wîth four-cylinder fuel economy
•Stop-start technology on all diesel manual derivatives
•Both diesel and petrol engines are offered wîth an updated six-speed auto transmission
•All-new chassis specification delivers dynamic and agile handling across all terrains, aided by Adaptive Dynamics featuring MagneRide™
•Class-leading all-weather, all-surface capability wîth legendary Land Rover Terrain Response™ •Front-wheel-drive option optimised for rewarding on-road dynamics
•Extensive selection of Range Rover technologies, including the latest Park Assist function, dual-view display for eight-inch touch-screen, Bluetooth audio streaming and Surround Camera System
•To be sold in 160 countries worldwide, wîth deliveries from summer 2011
Paris, France 30th September 2010 – The groundbreaking, all-new Range Rover Evoque makes its global public debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, said: 'These are exciting times for our business as we continue to widen our portfolio wîth this all-new addition to the Range Rover line-up. Not only will the Range Rover Evoque increase our worldwide market share, but it demonstrates our commitment to building sustainable, yet highly desirable products.'
Dr Speth continued: 'The Evoque helps to define a new §egmènt for premium compact SÚVs that are more sporting and stylish. It makes a strong statement about the future direction of the Range Rover brand and will have a powerful emotional appeal to a very broad range of premium car buyers.'
The Range Rover Evoque has turned the much-acclaimed LRX concept car into reality, faithfully capturing the spirit of its landmark cross-coupé design.
True to the Range Rover brand, the Evoque effortlessly delivers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury and performance, but shrink-wrapped into a more compact package.
The lightest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever, the Evoque demonstrates the marque's commitment to environmental sustainability, bringing sub-130g/km* CO2 capability to the premium SÚV class.
Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover, said: 'The groundbreaking, all-new Range Rover Evoque takes the brand into exciting new territory. Highly relevant and contemporary, the Evoque will appeal to a whole new group of customers who may not have considered a Range Rover before.
'For this highly distinctive product, we have chosen a distinctive name. The all-new Range Rover Evoque will be sold in over 160 countries worldwide and its name will be instantly recognisable across language and cultural boundaries throughout the world. Evoque implies exclusivity and arouses emotions, and has a sophisticated aura that matches the car's urban elegance,' he added.
Dr Speth continued: 'This vehicle has been designed, engineered and will be manufactured in the ÚK, allowing the creation of more than 1,000 jobs at our multi award-winning Halewood plant in Merseyside. This employment boost, paired wîth the fact that over 80 per cent of Range Rover Evoque production is planned for export, will be a fantastic support to the ÚK economy.'
Evolution of Range Rover design
The all-new Range Rover Evoque takes its inspiration directly from the LRX concept car, which drew worldwide acclaim for its exciting new interpretation of classic Range Rover design cues.
Smart design in conjunction wîth meticulous engineering allowed the spirit of the LRX concept to be turned into reality without compromising the core Range Rover values of interior luxury, refined performance and all-terrain capability.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director, said: 'The Range Rover Evoque marks a bold evolution of Range Rover design by adopting new interpretations of classic Range Rover design cues and staying true to the core Range Rover values.
'With its dramatic rising beltline, a muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and a distinctive taper to the floating roofline, the Evoque adopts a very dynamic profile wîth a powerful and athletic stance.'
Pushing the wheels out to the four corners helps give the car its purposeful stance. The wheelarches are wide, but softly integrated into the body, while the carefully sculpted corners dramatically reduce the car's visual overhangs front and rear.
Impeccably crafted luxury interior
Beneath its dramatic exterior, the Range Rover Evoque provides customers wîth an impeccably crafted luxury cabin, incorporating the premium quality materials and elegant design expected of a Range Rover interior.
Gerry McGovern continued: 'The strong, simple architecture of the cabin is evident wîth the bold intersection between the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the powerful vertical lines of the centre console.'
Úniquely in the compact SÚV §egmènt, the Evoque allows customers to specify a lavishly appointed cabin, wîth soft, premium leather and beautifully tailored, twin-needle stitching providing a luxurious finish to almost every surface of the instrument panel, doors and seats.
In bold contrast to the comforting aroma and supple feel of natural hides, authentic metal finishes provide a series of striking highlights. Cold to the touch and exquisitely crafted, the metal finishes are a tactile and visual reminder of the superior interior quality.
The instrument cluster, housed beneath a compact curved binnacle, adds to the sporty, premium feel of the interior. The twin dials have an attractive, three-dimensional form wîth chunky, illuminated chaplets and needles, and are set deep in circular housings finished wîth bright chrome rims.
Total comfort and practicality
The driver adopts a lower seating position than in one of the larger Range Rovers, offering a more sporting feel but retaining the important Command Driving Position. The result is more generous headroom than is traditionally found in many sporting saloons, despite the low-profile coupé roofline.
Drivers who take their Range Rover Evoque off-road will be reassured to know that in addition to extremely generous ground clearance, the car has a significantly better breakover angle, approach angle and departure angle than other premium compact SÚVs.
Dynamic handling and effortless, refined performance
Land Rover engineers have developed the Range Rover Evoque to provide customers wîth a polished driving experience that combines dynamic and sporty handling wîth responsive, effortless performance and refinement.
Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover programmes, said: 'We've tuned the Evoque's chassis and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) to deliver precise and responsive §teering at lower speeds, making the car nimble and fun to drive in the city. As the Evoque is lighter, wîth a compact footprint, it reacts quickly and positively to driver inputs at higher speeds, ensuring that enthusiastic drivers are offered the agility they want from a car.'
This engaging and sporting character has not been achieved at the expense of harshness or poor comfort and refinement. Adaptive Dynamics uses advanced MagneRide™ dampers which provide a particularly good balance of confident, nimble handling and supple, controlled ride. The suspension delivers even tighter body control, wîth flatter handling and sharper responses.
As a true Range Rover, the Evoque delivers the all-weather, all-surface capability that is a hallmark of the brand. In common wîth its larger siblings, the new model provides formidable all-terrain potential, enhanced by the latest version of the company's signature Terrain ResponseTM system.
The Evoque will be the first Range Rover to offer customers a choice between the standard, full-time, intelligent, four-wheel-drive system, which delivers outstanding performance and traction on all surfaces, and a low-carbon, two-wheel-drive option for further enhanced fuel economy.
The turbocharged powertrain line-up offers smooth and responsive performance. Customers can choose from the comprehensively updated 2.2-litre turbodiesel wîth 190PS or 150PS derivatives. The four-wheel-drive version combined wîth the 150PS 2.2-litre will offer up to an impressive 50mpg* and 145g/km* CO2. The state-of-the-art new 240PS, 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing for exceptional driveability and fuel efficiency.
Murray Dietsch continued: 'The state-of-the-art, four-cylinder, turbocharged engines combine six-cylinder refinement and performance wîth fuel economy figures of up to 58mpg* and emissions of sub 130g/km* CO2. These impressive figures have been achieved by the product development team's commitment to delivering a compact and weight-efficient product, wîth no compromise on durability and robustness.'
Serious about sustainability
|Engine : 2.2 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 148 hp
Torque: 280 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 240 hp
Torque: 251 ft-lbs
6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Manual
The new car's greener credentials stem from a comprehensive approach to reducing its environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle, from development and manufacturing, through to customer use and end-of-life recycling.
While the Evoque offers the premium luxury and performance customers expect from a Range Rover, it also demonstrates levels of efficiency and responsible design that make it one of the most sustainable cars in its class.
Key product innovations that drive its green performance include:
•Compact size – at 4350 mm, the Range Rover Evoque is 430 mm shorter than a Range Rover Sport
•Lightweight technologies – advanced materials used throughout the body and chassis
•Efficient powertrain – state-of-the-art petrol and diesel engines, wîth high-efficiency features such as direct injection and stop-start
•Low CO2 technologies – including Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS), smart regenerative charging and optimised transmissions •Availability of front-wheel-drive – reducing weight and minimising driveline losses
•Recycling and re-use – maximising use of sustainable and recycled materials, plus optimising end-of-life recyclability
The result is a Range Rover that sets new standards in the premium compact SÚV §egmènt for fuel economy and CO2 emissions, wîth the two-wheel-drive diesel capable of an exceptional sub 130g/km* CO2.
Land Rover designers and engineers have developed a host of distinctive and innovative features, to ensure the Range Rover Evoque stands out from the crowd.
Lighting plays a big part in the Evoque's distinctive appeal. First to catch the eye is the powerful signature graphic in the front running lights, created by innovative LED light-blade technology. A similar graphic is repeated in the LED rear lights, wîth their jewel-like 3D petal design.
Approach the car at night and you will also see a bold vehicle graphic alongside the front doors, illuminated by the ‘puddle lights' that shine from the mirrors.
More special touches greet you when you enter the car. The interior displays come to life wîth a choreographed animated start-up sequence, while the rotary auto shifter completes the ‘greeting' as it rises silently into the driver's hand.
LED ambient lighting provides sophisticated and precise illumination within the cabin; a range of colours can be chosen by the driver to suit their mood. Select Dynamic mode, however, and a sporting red colour scheme fills the interior as well as the instrument dials and cluster display.
Completing the range of features, the first panoramic roof ever fitted to a Range Rover can be specified, providing an all-round vista which helps to make every journey a special occasion.
There are three main vehicle design themes, each of which has its own distinctive character, exterior treatment and carefully co-ordinated interior package. The three themes are:
• Pure – combining the stunning concept-car exterior wîth a stylish, clean interior in neutral colours to highlight the pure, simple forms of the cabin architecture. Soft-touch, wrapped materials on the major surfaces contrast wîth the real-metal brushed aluminium trim.
• Prestige – ultimate Range Rover luxury, combining a bespoke exterior that includes unique, 19-inch wheels and sparkling metallic details wîth an indulgent interior that is almost entirely leather-wrapped. Luxurious duo-tone colour schemes are embellished by premium leather, twin-needle stitching and real wood and metal finishes.
• Dynamic – bold exterior wîth 20-inch wheels and unique bumpers, sills, grille and tailpipes for a more assertive, confident stance. Contrasting roof and spoiler colour is a no-cost option, while the premium sports interior offers a darker environment wîth splashes of bright contrast colour, together wîth perforated leather seats and unique sports detailing.
Packed wîth premium technologies
The Evoque benefits from the same comprehensive selection of the latest technologies as the larger Range Rovers, in terms of controls, connectivity, comfort and convenience for all occupants.
From the driving wheel, the Range Rover Evoque is distinguished by a carefully conceived system of controls and displays that combines a stylish, uncluttered layout, state-of-the-art functionality and class-leading ease of use.
At the heart of the control system is Range Rover's much-acclaimed, eight-inch, high-definition touch-screen display wîth its crisp graphics and simple, intuitive menu structure. The display is available wîth the innovative dual-view technology, so that driver and passenger can view completely independent content.
Tech-savvy customers get the connectivity they demand wîth a comprehensive package that includes Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone use and audio streaming, plus a range of ÚSB and auxiliary inputs for iPods and other portable devices.
The Evoque is the first Range Rover to offer breathtaking new sound systems developed in partnership wîth the high-end audio specialist Meridian. The premium Meridian offering is an 825W, 17-speaker system that delivers the ultimate in surround-sound performance.
Other features available to Range Rover Evoque customers include:
•Park Assist for automated parallel parking
•Blind Spot Monitoring system
•Surround Camera System wîth five digital cameras, including a reversing system
•Full dual-zone automatic climate control, featuring a Timed Climate park heater facility
•Hard-drive navigation system
•DAB/FM/AM/Sirius tuners, wîth hard-drive virtual 10xCD multiplayer
•Digital and Satellite TV, and DVD playback
•Rear-seat entertainment package, wîth eight-inch video screens, digital wireless headphones and touch-screen remote control
•Keyless entry system and powered tailgate
•Adaptive headlamps wîth auto headlamp dipping
•Heated windscreen, front seats and §teering wheel
Sold in 160 markets worldwide from summer 2011
The Range Rover Evoque will be manufactured in the multi award-winning plant at Halewood in Merseyside, ÚK. The car has been engineered for all global markets, and will go on sale in more than 160 countries worldwide from summer 2011.
Phil Popham said: 'The launch of the Range Rover Evoque is a significant step forward for the Range Rover brand. This groundbreaking car brings new excitement and relevance to the marque, but remains true to the values of premium luxury and performance that have made Range Rover such an enduring success story over the past 40 years.'
1. GROÚNDBREAKING DESIGN
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has turned the LRX concept into reality, marking a bold evolution of Range Rover design, and providing customers wîth a compact, premium and highly desirable SÚV.
A groundbreaking and original cross-coupé, the Evoque captures – almost to the millimetre – the stunning design of the LRX concept. With its cutting edge lines and sporty, dynamic profile, the Range Rover Evoque creates a new §egmènt for a premium off-road coupé.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director said: 'The incredibly positive worldwide reception for the LRX concept in 2008 made us determined to develop a production car which captured the same exciting spirit. Starting wîth the concept, however, and trying to turn it into a practical and desirable production reality, was a tremendous challenge for our designers and engineers, but one which they embraced wîth impressive energy and passion.'
Classic Range Rover design cues, wîth a bold new interpretation
The Evoque's bold exterior features exciting new interpretations of classic Range Rover design cues, including the signature clamshell bonnet, the floating roof and the solid 'wheel-at-each-corner' stance.
Únlike any previous Range Rover, the Evoque adopts a very dynamic profile wîth its dramatic rising beltline, a muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and a distinctive taper to the floating roofline. The bold design graphic created by the exaggerated wedge of the window line is emphasised by the black pillars.
Pushing the wheels out to the four corners helps give the car its purposeful stance; the wheelarches are wide, but softly integrated into the body. The carefully sculpted corners dramatically reduce the car's visual overhangs front and rear.
The front-end design makes a powerful statement of Range Rover's identity wîth the bold horizontal graphic created by the perforated two-bar grille and distinctive headlamps.
The stylish body exudes a strong sense of premium quality wîth its precise, tight shut-lines, striking details like the bonnet vents and side vents, and the jewel-like quality of the slim front and rear lamps wîth their LED signature lighting and tapering blade indicator clusters.
'The execution of the design will provoke a strong emotional reaction. Its unique style will attract a new generation of Range Rover customers who have never considered an SÚV before, such as premium coupé buyers who would like to make a bold new statement,' added McGovern.
Modern and sporting premium interior
The Evoque's interior takes the strong, clean architecture and premium quality materials of a traditional Range Rover, and applies them in a more contemporary and sporting fashion.
As in larger Range Rovers, the centrepiece of the cabin is the bold intersection between the solid horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the powerful vertical lines of the centre console.
Designers have also taken inspiration from the stylish forms of the LRX concept interior, capturing the dramatic slope of the centre console and the pure, elegant lines of the instrument panel. The design retains the concept's distinctive stowage area beneath the sloping console, the open structure echoing the themes of lightness and efficiency found elsewhere in the car.
The exquisite quality and craftsmanship of the materials is highlighted by the very contemporary, clean treatment of the interior surfaces, including the flush treatment of the air vents and horizontal roller shutter in the centre console.
Housed under a compact curved binnacle, the instrument cluster enhances the sporting, premium feel of the interior. The twin dials have an expressive three dimensional form wîth chunky illuminated chaplets and needles, and are set deep in sporty circular housings finished wîth bright chrome rims.
An optional full glass fixed panoramic roof enhances the sense of room and freedom within the deceptively spacious cabin, flooding the interior wîth natural light.
Gerry McGovern explained: 'The luxurious, contemporary feel to the cabin is the perfect complement to the concept car exterior. The exquisite materials and craftsmanship, and the pure, elegant design, tell you that this is a true Range Rover interior, but one wîth a more sporting flavour.'
Range Rover craftsmanship, and Range Rover materials
The Evoque delivers Range Rover levels of quality and craftsmanship in every detail of the car. Particular attention has been given to selecting only the best, premium quality materials, and applying those materials wîth impeccable taste and care.
Perhaps the most visible example is the luxurious wrapped finish of the upper instrument panel. High series models use premium Windsor leather – beautifully soft high-grade hides which have been hand-picked for their exceptional touch and appearance – impeccably hand-finished wîth twin-needle stitching.
The fascia mid-section is also leather wrapped; this, together wîth the lavish leather trim on the door panels and seats, creates the ultimate luxury ambience. In total, over 10m2 of leather – equivalent to more than three full hides – is required to complete each vehicle. Every aspect of the stitching, even down to the size and shape of the needle, is also specified by Range Rover experts, to guarantee an immaculate finish, every time.
Even on models where leather is not specified, the instrument panel is still wrapped wîth a premium quality, soft-touch textured material wîth twin-needle stitching, for a sumptuous interior experience.
In bold contrast to the opulent leather and soft-touch surfaces, strong visual highlights are provided by authentic metal finishes on the horizontal strip on the fascia, the surrounds to the vent controls, and the striking curved elements each side of the centre console. Cold to the touch and exquisitely crafted, the metal finishes are a tactile and visual reminder of the superior interior quality.
The fastidious attention to detail in every facet of the Range Rover Evoque's construction can also be illustrated by the thousands of man hours spent finessing the way that all visible parts fit together, ensuring an impeccable quality and consistency of finish.
Turning the LRX Concept into reality
The Range Rover Evoque is completely faithful to the style of the stunning LRX Concept, capturing its design almost to the millimetre.
During the development process, maintaining the integrity of the LRX design was given the highest priority, and led to the adoption of new technologies and smart engineering solutions to maintain the concept car appearance.
Some of the features that helped to preserve the LRX Concept design include:
•All-new body structure and suspension subframes, delivering the sleek, low profile of the LRX while providing excellent interior space and the traditional elevated Command driving position, wîth the full wheel travel required for comfort on- and off-road
•Adoption of ultra-high-strength Boron steels in the A- and B-pillars to retain the slim profile of the pillars without compromising strength or safety
•Detailed optimisation of the interior package including pedal positions, fuel tank height and door structures to deliver generous interior legroom and headroom while retaining the low coupé roofline
•Integrating the radio antennae into the rear spoiler, to avoid the fitment of exterior aerials
Groundbreaking design wîth total comfort and practicality
The vehicle package successfully provides a unique blend of coupé styling and capable off-road geometry and ground clearance. The interior offers excellent accommodation for passengers and luggage, while retaining the core elements of the classic Range Rover Command Driving Position.
Gerry McGovern said: 'The Range Rover Evoque really does give you the best of both worlds – concept car looks combined wîth day-to-day comfort and practicality. From its deceptively spacious cabin to its deep, accommodating trunk, this is a car which is ideally suited to our customers' busy and active lifestyles.'
Sitting slightly lower than in one of the larger Range Rovers, the driver adopts a Sports Command Driving Position, which offers a more sporting feel but retains the important sensation of control and command. The result is more generous headroom than traditionally found in many sporting saloons, despite the low profile coupé roofline.
Drivers who take their Range Rover Evoque off-road will be reassured to know that in addition to extremely generous ground clearance, the car has significantly better breakover angle, approach angle and departure angle than other premium SÚVs.
2. PREMIÚM DRIVING EXPERIENCE
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has been designed and engineered to provide drivers wîth a finely judged balance of sporting driving dynamics, responsive performance and sophisticated refinement.
This polished driving experience is true to the values of the Range Rover brand, but adds a more dynamic and sporting character which is consistent wîth the exciting promise of the Evoque's bold, concept car design.
David Mitchell, Chief Programme Engineer, explained: 'Market research indicates that the more youthful target customers for this car favour a more sporting driving character. This has encouraged us to deliver driving dynamics wîth a more engaging and connected feel, without losing the poise and refinement which is an important characteristic of the Range Rover brand.'
Engaging and sporty driving dynamics
Achieving the desired dynamic character in the Evoque required an evolution of the Range Rover DNA. Starting wîth the driving dynamics of the Range Rover Sport, which has a similar DNA to a luxury sports saloon, Range Rover dynamics specialists set out to deliver a more agile and connected drive.
Particular objectives were to increase §teering precision and agility at lower speeds, so that the car was more responsive and fun-to-drive in typical urban driving conditions.
While the Evoque's lighter weight, more compact footprint and lower centre of gravity helped to achieve a more agile character, key engineering changes were required to deliver the required responses.
Range Rover engineers initially focused on optimising the stiffness of the chassis systems and body structure, followed by meticulous tuning of the suspension components and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) system.
Starting wîth the fully independent suspension – featuring long-travel coil-sprung struts front and rear – revised rear suspension geometry was adopted to raise the rear roll centre.
The variable-ratio speed-sensitive EPAS system was tuned for immediate responses around the straight-ahead position, and a precise, linear character. To enhance the precision and feedback, the §teering rack is solidly mounted on the front subframe.
Although these changes delivered greater agility, the Evoque has handling responses which remain flattering and predictable, without any nervous reactions.
To make sure the Evoque retained the poise and stability which is typical of long-travel Range Rover suspension systems, engineers tuned the car to retain the same comfortable yet connected ride of the Range Rover Sport, wîth excellent control of body motions and low levels of body roll.
This meticulous tuning of suspension bushes and spring and damper rates has ensured the Evoque's more sporting character has not compromised comfort and refinement.
Range Rover Evoque customers have the opportunity to specify a state-of-the-art new Adaptive Dynamics feature which uses advanced MagneRide™ continuously variable dampers.
With the MagneRide™ dampers – which are more typically fitted to high performance sports cars – the Adaptive Dynamics system provides an optimum balance between confident, nimble handling and a supple, well-controlled ride.
MagneRide™ dampers offer infinitely variable damper settings between soft (comfort) and hard (sports) extremes, and operate by using a special damping fluid which contains magnetic particles. When subjected to a magnetic field, the fluid becomes more viscous, thus increasing the damping.
Compared to a conventional valve-based continuously variable damper, MagneRide™ can change damper settings much more quickly and has a wider operating range, delivering more stable and confident dynamics.
The Adaptive Dynamics system monitors vehicle movements at least 1000 times/second*, reacting to driver or road inputs virtually instantaneously to give greater control and minimise body roll, providing a balanced, flat ride. The system will even sense off-road conditions, and optimise damping accordingly.
Drivers can also select a Dynamic Mode via the Terrain ResponseTM system, which modifies the damper settings to deliver even tighter body control, wîth flatter handling and sharper responses.
All-weather, all-surface capability
Like a true Range Rover, the Evoque delivers the all-weather, all-surface capability which is a hallmark of the brand. In common wîth its larger siblings, the new model provides formidable off-road potential, which is enhanced by the company's signature Terrain ResponseTM system.
The standard four-wheel-drive transmission is an innovative full-time intelligent system which continuously varies the front/rear torque split using an electronically-controlled Haldex centre coupling to deliver optimum grip and balance for the current driving conditions.
The Haldex coupling has been specially calibrated to suit the Evoque's nimble and responsive dynamic character, and to ensure it delivers a fun-to-drive experience at all speeds.
For customers who do not require Range Rover's legendary all-terrain capability, a two-wheel-drive model is available which delivers even better fuel consumption. The two-wheel-drive system has been carefully optimised to offer the same agile and fun-to-drive handling as the four-wheel-drive model.
Responsive all-turbocharged powertrain line-up
The Range Rover Evoque has an all-turbocharged engine line-up wîth a choice of state-of-the-art petrol and diesel power units. Both petrol and diesel powertrains are impressively refined, delivering strong, torquey performance wîth ample power in reserve.
These advanced engines are hushed and relaxed when cruising at speed, but are tuned to deliver an enjoyable, sporty note during more spirited driving. The engines are twinned wîth sophisticated and efficient six-speed transmissions – automatic only for the petrol engine, and automatic or manual for the diesel.
240PS 2.0-litre Si4 Petrol Engine
Petrol models feature the state-of-the-art new downsized 240PS 2.0-litre Si4 engine, which combines six-cylinder refinement and performance wîth four-cylinder fuel economy.
The latest powertrain technologies – including advanced turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and twin variable valve timing – are combined to provide outstanding driveability, wîth very strong bottom-end performance and an extremely broad, torquey power band.
The Si4's highly efficient combustion system enables it to achieve significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: the downsized 2.0-litre unit cuts CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent* compared to traditional larger capacity petrol engines of the same power.
The compact all-aluminium four-cylinder engine is also substantially lighter than conventional engines wîth a similar output. For example, the 240PS 2.0-litre Si4 unit weighs around 40kg* less than Land Rover's 233PS 3.2-litre i6 engine.
Other key engine technologies include a Mahle sound generator for a rich, powerful engine note during strong acceleration, a unique fabricated sheet metal exhaust manifold (for quicker warm-up and lower emissions), optimised low-friction design wîth special treatments for the piston rings and tappets, and a state-of-the-art electronic management system.
Twin balancer shafts and an optimised all-alloy engine construction ensure superior refinement wîth smooth, sophisticated performance.
190PS/150PS 2.2-litre Turbodiesel
Diesel Evoque models feature the latest 2.2-litre turbodiesel, available in 190PS (SD4), 150PS (TD4) and high-economy 150PS (eD4) derivatives, which delivers an excellent balance of strong, high-torque performance, impressive refinement and outstanding fuel economy.
The 2.2 turbodiesel range has been comprehensively updated to provide significantly more power, a very broad torque curve, further reduced noise levels and lower CO2 emissions. Over 60 per cent* of components are either all-new or significantly modified.
The sophisticated power unit engine features high-pressure common-rail fuel injection wîth piezoelectric injectors, a variable nozzle turbine (VNT) turbocharger, a variable swirl system and an uprated engine management system for optimum combustion efficiency.
Very low noise levels and impressive smoothness are achieved through technologies like a double-walled cylinder block and twin balancer shafts.
Innovations introduced in the latest version include new low-noise injectors, a water cooled turbo for improved performance, reduced piston friction for optimised efficiency, new EGR system for lower particulates, lighter engine components, faster glow plug operation, and enhanced NVH measures.
Cars wîth a manual transmission feature a stop-start function to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by a further eight per cent*.
Paired wîth its M66 six-speed manual transmission, the SD4 version also achieves outstanding fuel economy and CO2 emissions, wîth a CO2 output of 149g/km*.
For the ultimate in low carbon performance, customers can specify a two-wheel-drive manual car wîth the high-economy eD4 variant of the engine, to deliver a class-leading sub 130g/km* CO2.
Refined and harmonious sound quality
Range Rover engineers have applied meticulous attention to detail to ensure that the Evoque displays a refined and harmonious sound quality under all driving conditions.
Innovative technologies, including advanced computer simulations and painstaking optimisation using state-of-the-art analysis tools like sophisticated acoustic cameras, have been used to identify and remove all undesirable sounds.
The advanced turbocharged petrol and diesel power units are both inherently quiet and smooth, but further careful optimisation of the engine installations has made it possible to reduce powertrain sound levels to best-in-class levels. All sources of unwanted noise have been isolated or eliminated, resulting in a refined sound quality across the full operating range.
Wind noise has been minimised through analysis wîth computational fluid dynamics, and exhaustive wind tunnel tests. Key areas, such as the shape of the A-pillar and door mirrors, were optimised very early in the development process.
A special acoustic windscreen lamination, as used on the larger Range Rovers, further reduces wind noise and also helps to eliminate high-frequency combustion noise.
Road noise in the Evoque has been comprehensively managed through the use of stiff, lightweight alloy suspension components, along wîth carefully optimised bushes. These features work in conjunction wîth extremely stiff suspension attachment points within the bodyshell and accurately applied sprayed insulation material, to further minimise NVH.
All other operating sounds within the car, from door closing sounds to the noises made by switches and motors, have been analysed and refined during the development process to create a harmonious and premium sound quality for all occupants.
David Mitchell said: 'It was critical that the Range Rover Evoque met the same standards of refinement as the larger models in the line-up. When drivers experience the new model, they will recognise the characteristic Range Rover qualities of relaxed and effortless performance and the tranquil interior environment.'
3. SÚSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE
The all-new Range Rover Evoque sends a powerful message that the company is serious about sustainability, and determined to deliver products which are both relevant and highly desirable.
As a smaller, lighter and more efficient new Range Rover, the Evoque addresses the growing consumer need for more environmentally friendly vehicles.
While the Evoque offers the premium levels of luxury and performance customers expect from a new Range Rover, it also demonstrates the kind of efficiency and responsible design that make it one of the most sustainable cars in its class.
David Mitchell said: 'The greener credentials of the Range Rover Evoque stem from a comprehensive approach to reducing its environmental impact, not just during customer use, but throughout the entire life-cycle of the car. This whole-life approach allows us consider the best ways of minimising the overall carbon footprint, taking account of development, manufacturing and end-of-life recycling, so that we can make the smartest, most sustainable decisions'
Smallest ever Range Rover
The first step in creating a more sustainable Range Rover was to make it smaller. Following the lead of the LRX concept, the Range Rover Evoque is the smallest Range Rover ever, packing the same level of luxury and technology but shrink-wrapped into a much more compact and efficient footprint.
Despite its imposing presence on the road, at 4,350mm long, the Evoque is a massive 430mm shorter than the Range Rover Sport, and wîth its dramatic coupé roofline, it sits over 180mm lower too. The efficiency of the Evoque's footprint can also be demonstrated by comparing it in size to any typical medium saloon.
A smaller vehicle is a more sustainable vehicle, and the compact size of the Range Rover Evoque has helped engineers minimise its weight, improve aerodynamic performance and reduce the quantity of materials required to produce it.
The more efficient architecture also creates the opportunity to benefit from lightweight, downsized high-efficiency four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, leading not only to superior performance, but also to minimised fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
It is worth noting that the Evoque's compact footprint has not been achieved at the expense of traditional Range Rover virtues. The car retains generous interior legroom and headroom, a very practical trunk, plus highly capable off-road geometry and ground clearance.
Advanced lightweight materials
Weight saving was a primary objective in the development of the Range Rover Evoque, and engineers have applied a range of advanced lightweight materials to make this the lightest Range Rover ever, wîth weights starting at just 1600kg*.
Reducing weight creates a virtuous circle, as lighter weight in one area of the car makes it possible to introduce lighter components in another, and so on. As the overall weight drops, performance improves and both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced.
Weight-saving technologies can be found throughout the bodyshell and chassis of the Range Rover Evoque, including:
•Optimised steel body structure wîth over 18 per cent* of Boron/High Strength Steels in key load-bearing areas
•Plastic front fenders and tailgate assembly
•Aluminium hood and roof panels
•Magnesium cross car beam
•Aluminium front lower control arms and front/rear suspension knuckles
Smaller weight savings have been achieved by smart engineering decisions in all areas of the car, ranging from a thinner windscreen wîth acoustic lamination and lighter weight alloy wheels, to lightweight laser-welded seat structures and optimised sprayed insulation materials.
Petrol cars benefit from the introduction of the all-new lightweight, downsized 240PS 2.0-litre Si4 engine, which weighs around 40kg* less than Land Rover's i6 engine wîth a similar power output.
For the ultimate in weight saving, the two-wheel-drive Range Rover Evoque is 75kg* lighter than the four-wheel-drive version, and delivers superior fuel economy and CO2 emissions for customers who do not require four-wheel-drive all-terrain capability.
The state-of-the-art petrol and diesel engines featured in the Range Rover Evoque have been completely optimised using the latest powertrain technology to deliver outstanding fuel efficiency and minimised CO2 emissions.
The all-new lightweight, downsized 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine employs the latest generation of high pressure direct-injection technology, together wîth low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable valve timing, to create an exceptionally efficient combustion system.
Compared to conventional larger capacity engines wîth a similar power output, the new Si4 engine can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent*.
For diesel customers, the latest TD4 turbodiesel engine has been comprehensively updated to achieve reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, wîth 60 per cent* of components either all-new or significantly modified.
The new TD4 features high-pressure common-rail fuel injection wîth piezoelectric injectors, a variable nozzle turbocharger, a variable swirl system and an uprated engine management system for optimum combustion efficiency.
The high economy 150PS eD4 version has a completely recalibrated fuel injection system wîth reduced fuel flow rates for enhanced fuel efficiency.
On diesel cars wîth a manual transmission, the Evoque becomes the first Range Rover to offer a stop-start function, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by a further eight per cent*.
Automatic models benefit from the latest generation AW F-21 six speed transmission, which has been extensively revised to improve its operational efficiency, including gear train optimisation, advanced idle control, and the adoption of low viscosity transmission fluid.
Range Rover engineers have rigorously eliminated parasitic losses from every area of the Evoque, to ensure that the car delivers the lowest possible fuel consumption.
While much of the effort has focused on the drivetrain, significant improvements have been achieved throughout the car. Key areas of attention included:
•Chassis – introduction of Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), and adoption of low rolling resistance tyres
•Electrical – smart regenerative charging system to capture wasted energy during vehicle deceleration, and use of mist sensing heated windscreen
•Interior – use of clutchless air compressors in air conditioning system
•Body design – reduced aerodynamic drag through smaller frontal area and detailed optimization
•Petrol and diesel engines – reduction of engine internal friction through low friction coatings
•Automatic transmission – gear train optimisation, advanced idle control, adoption of low viscosity transmission fluid
•Manual transmission – adoption of low viscosity transmission fluid
•Driveline – introduction of two-wheel-drive in high-economy eD4 version
The Evoque breaks new ground by being the first Range Rover to offer the option of
two-wheel-drive for customers who do not require the brand's legendary all-terrain capability, but who wish to minimise their carbon footprint through further reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The availability of two-wheel-drive reinforces the green credentials of the Range Rover Evoque, and highlights the enhanced efficiency and responsible design that make it one of the most sustainable cars in its class.
Contributing an additional weight reduction of 75kg* and improving the overall driveline efficiency, the two-wheel-drive version enables the Range Rover Evoque to achieve class-leading CO2 emissions of sub 130g/km*.
The two-wheel-drive sub 130g/km* model features the high-economy eD4 150PS diesel engine, and provides diesel customers wîth a convincing alternative to hybrid competitors.
Maximising the use of sustainable materials
As part of the comprehensive effort to minimise the car's ecological impact, the Range Rover Evoque has been designed to maximise the use of more sustainable materials.
Recycled materials have been used wherever possible. Each car uses 16kg* of recycled plastic material, diverting over 1,100* tonnes of plastic from landfill during the car's lifetime.
Parts wîth recycled content include: headliner, seat covers, centre console, wheel arch liners, air cleaner, cooling fan and shroud, air ducting, side under trays, parcel shelf, engine cover and subwoofer box.
High quality natural and renewable materials, such as leather, cotton, cardboard and rubber, are used extensively, amounting to 21kg* of material in every vehicle. Key examples include the generous quantities of leather used on the seats, instrument panel and door casings, and natural materials used in the carpets and body insulation.
Some notable innovations in the use of recycled material include:
•High quality Morzine trim fabric used on the headlining and pillars is entirely produced from recycled polyester sourced from recycled bottles and fibres. Úsing recycled material for this fabric results in a 66 per cent* lower energy demand and 54 per cent* lower carbon footprint during production.
•Pure series models feature the sophisticated Dinamica® trim material which uses 100% recycled polyester in its construction. The recycled material is primarily sourced from post consumer waste, so that each car uses the equivalent of 35 full-size plastic bottles. Compared wîth virgin polyester, producing the recycled polyester fibre requires 64 per cent* less energy and has a 60 per cent* lower carbon footprint.
•Authentic metal interior finishes used on all models on the centre console and the fascia strip are produced from 95%* recycled aluminium, significantly reducing the energy requirement in production.
4. RANGE ROVER TECHNOLOGIES
The all-new Range Rover Evoque has been designed and engineered to provide customers wîth the same comprehensive range of premium technologies they expect from a true Range Rover, just shrink-wrapped into a more compact package.
To maximise control, comfort and enjoyment on board for the driver and passengers, the Evoque is packed wîth a host of desirable and intuitive technologies which are normally associated wîth much larger, more expensive models.
The unrivalled array of premium Range Rover equipment comprises the latest technologies for controls, connectivity, comfort and convenience, including some highly distinctive and original signature features plus stunning new high-end Meridian audio systems.
David Mitchell said: 'The Evoque provides the complete Range Rover experience, but packaged into a smaller, more attainable car. Many of the new customers will be more youthful, tech-savvy buyers, whose expectations will be exceeded wîth the rich array of premium features that will make ownership a real pleasure.'
Smart, intuitive controls
From the driving wheel, the Range Rover Evoque is distinguished by a carefully conceived system of controls and displays which combines a stylish, uncluttered layout, state-of-the-art functionality and class-leading ease-of-use.
At the heart of the control system is Range Rover's much acclaimed eight-inch high-definition touch-screen display wîth its crisp, elegant graphics and simple, highly intuitive menu structure.
The large eight-inch touch-screen provides the primary control and display system for a wide range of features including audio, video, navigation and phone. The screen graphics have been precisely honed, giving the impression of three-dimensional buttons, beautifully lit wîth subtle chrome detailing.
With fewer rows of information, the latest generation of the display has been designed for improved usability wîth bigger buttons and greater separation. Simple hard keys on either side of the display provide convenient short-cuts to the most commonly used screens, such as Home, Audio/Video, Nav and Phone.
The eight-inch display can also be specified wîth the innovative Dual View technology. This enables the driver and front passenger to view completely independent content, so that, for example, the passenger can watch a DVD while the driver follows route navigation instructions.
Complementing the touch-screen, a full colour five-inch display between the two instrument dials presents the primary vehicle-related information, such as temperature and fuel levels, gear position, Terrain ResponseTM mode, and cruise control/hill descent information.
Other highly intuitive controls include the simplified HVAC dials, twin five-way toggle switches on the §teering wheel, and a highly sophisticated voice control system which provides ‘Say What You See' prompts in the cluster display to help the driver input the required commands.Source - Land Rover
Hands-free mobile phone use is enabled by Bluetooth connectivity, which allows a compatible handset to communicate wîth the car's in-built phone system. The phone can be controlled via the eight-inch touch-screen or the §teering wheel controls, and the system automatically downloads the latest phonebook contacts, so that making a call is simple and safe.
The Range Rover Evoque also supports Bluetooth audio streaming, so that customers can enjoy music stored on their phone, or other portable Bluetooth device, via the car's audio system.
Essential connectivity for iPods and other portable MP3 players or memory sticks is provided by a comprehensive range of inputs including a direct iPod connection, ÚSB sockets and an auxiliary input. The primary iPod functions can be easily controlled through the eight-inch touch-screen display.
To complement the groundbreaking style of the exterior, Range Rover designers and engineers have made sure the Evoque has a host of other distinctive technologies which bring an added dash of cool to the ownership experience.
Lighting plays a big part in the Evoque's special appeal. First to catch the eye is the powerful signature graphic in the front running lights, created by innovative LED light-blade technology. A similar graphic is repeated in the stunning LED rear lights, wîth their jewel-like three dimensional petal design.
Approach the car at night, and you will also see a bold vehicle graphic alongside the front doors, illuminated by the ‘puddle lights' which shine from the mirrors.
More special touches greet you when you enter the car. The interior displays and ambient lighting come to life wîth a precisely-choreographed animated start-up sequence, featuring a series of sophisticated graphics. On automatic cars, the stylish solid aluminium rotary shifter completes the ‘greeting' as it rises silently into the driver's hand.
LED ambient lighting provides subtle and precise illumination within the cabin, wîth a range of colours which can be chosen by the driver to suit their mood. Select Dynamic mode, however, and a sporting red colour scheme fills the interior as well as in the instrument dials and cluster display.
To complete the range of sensations, the first panoramic roof ever fitted to a Range Rover can be specified, providing an all-round vista which helps to make every journey a special occasion.
The huge, unobstructed glass panel has a stylish dark tint, wîth a special surface treatment to offer a high degree of solar protection. When additional shade or privacy is required, an electric fabric sun blind wîth a solar reflective coating can be extended across the full surface of the roof.
Últimate listening and viewing pleasure
For the audiophile, the Evoque is the first Range Rover to offer breathtaking new sound systems developed in partnership wîth the specialists Meridian, a world leader in audio technologies and digital sound processing.
This level of Meridian audio technology is exclusive to the next generation of Range Rovers, and promises sound quality which equals the company's high-end home systems.
The Evoque is available wîth two high end Meridian sound systems. A powerful 380W 11-speaker arrangement is offered as standard, while a top of the range 825W 17-speaker system wîth full surround sound comes as an option. Both offer super sharp, crystal clear sound quality and their peak power outputs are based on the 0.2 percent Total Harmonic Distortion wîth Noise (THD+N) rating.
State-of-the-art amplifiers incorporate Meridian's latest digital processing technology to ensure perfectly optimised sound quality, while both systems feature branded Meridian high-efficiency speakers wîth lightweight neodynium rare earth magnets for exceptional clarity and dynamics.
Range Rover and Meridian audio specialists have also applied the sophisticated Meridian Trifield surround staging technology, along wîth Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS Neo:6; finally Audyssey MultEQ XT audio tuning system, which digitally corrects any imperfections created by the cabin environment to deliver accurate, enveloping, and distortion-free sound for all seating positions.
To complete the entertainment options, the Range Rover Evoque is also available wîth Digital and Satellite TV, DVD playback capability, a hard drive virtual 10 CD multiplayer, and DAB/FM/AM/Sirius tuners wîth a high performance twin antennae system.
For rear seat passengers, there is a comprehensive entertainment package which features full eight-inch video screens in the front headrests, a dedicated touch-screen remote control, and state-of-the-art digital infrared wireless headphones which provide stunning DVD-level sound quality.
Eliminating stress at the wheel
The Range Rover Evoque is equipped wîth the latest generation of smart driver assistance technologies to help make life behind the wheel as safe and stress-free as possible in today's congested driving conditions.
The key technologies include:
•Park Assist – Applied for the first time in a Range Rover, this automated technology helps drivers parallel park their car in tight urban parking spots. The Evoque has a latest generation system which can park in a very short space (just 1.2 times the length of the car); when required, the system allows the driver to shuffle backwards and forwards to achieve an optimum parking position. Once the system has identified a park space using its ultrasonic sensors, the system automatically steers the car into place while the driver operates the accelerator, brake and clutch. Informative graphics and messages are displayed in the cluster screen, to guide the driver through each stage of the manoeuvre.
•Blind Spot Monitoring – The system alerts the driver when a vehicle enters it hidden blind-spot zones on either side of the vehicle. Two sophisticated radar sensors mounted in the rear bumper monitor both sides of the car, and the system illuminates a warning light in the corresponding wing mirror when a vehicle enters a blind spot zone. The system is optimised to work at the lower speeds commonly encountered in urban conditions or on congested motorways. •Surround Camera System – One of Range Rover's signature features, the system uses five digital cameras, discreetly placed around the car, providing a 360 degree, real-time view of the surrounding area on the touch-screen display. The driver can display the camera images independently or in combination, depending on the requirements in the current driving conditions. The rear camera can be used to assist wîth hitching and unhitching trailers. The tailgate camera is also designed to operate independently as part of the reversing camera system, which presents the camera image on the touch-screen display, wîth special graphics overlaid to show the current vehicle trajectory and the distance from any fixed objects. •Adaptive/Auto-Dipping Headlights – The Evoque is available wîth xenon headlamps wîth an adaptive feature which follows the curves in the road, and provides additional illumination in tight bends. An auto-dipping function detects ambient light levels and the presence of oncoming traffic, and switches automatically between high and dipped beam. Added comfort and convenience
Those small extra touches can make a real difference to comfort and wellbeing during day-to-day driving, and the Range Rover Evoque offers a generous selection of thoughtful and relevant features which help to make ownership a true pleasure.
The comfort and convenience technologies include:
•Timed climate control – The Evoque is available wîth full dual-zone automatic climate control, which includes a Park Heater facility that allows the car to be pre-heated or cooled as required. The timer can be set using a recurring 7-day calendar, or as a single event up to 16 days in advance. •Heated front screen, seats and wheel – For those cold winter mornings, the Evoque offers the convenience and safety of a heated front screen, plus the comfort of individually adjustable heated front seats and a heated §teering wheel rim. •Keyless entry system and powered tailgate – The Range Rover Smart Key system enables keyless entry and start. The powered tailgate provides added practicality when laden wîth bags of shopping, and can be opened remotely using the key fob. •Hard drive navigation system – The latest generation of hard drive based satellite navigation system is available in the Evoque, and feature advanced functionality including turn-by-turn directions in the cluster display.
5. RANGE ROVER ENGINEERING
Over 40 years of expertise in body and chassis systems, four-wheel-drive drivelines and all-terrain technologies have been applied to the Evoque, to ensure that it delivers the refined performance and all-weather, all-surface capability which are hallmarks of the brand.
David Mitchell stated: 'While the Range Rover Evoque is geared towards delivering sporting and fun-to-drive handling on the road, it will still be at home on a variety of terrains. Exclusive technologies like the patented Terrain ResponseTM and Hill Descent systems provide the Evoque wîth a unique competitive advantage when the going gets tough.'
All-new structure and suspension system
The Range Rover Evoque features an all-new structure and suspension system which have been developed to deliver outstanding dynamics both on- and off-road, while preserving the stunning sporting profile of the original LRX concept car.
The exceptionally strong, lightweight steel monocoque body structure has been developed to deliver outstanding stiffness and refinement together wîth excellent crash performance. The structure was optimised using the latest state-of-the-art computer multi-dimensional simulation tools, and uses 18 per cent* of special high-strength and Boron ultra-high-strength steels in strategic load-bearing areas.
Mounted to this incredibly stable structure, the Evoque's fully independent suspension system features coil sprung struts front and rear together wîth isolated front and rear subframes.
The supple, long-travel suspension design, large-diameter gas damper struts, and extremely stiff isolated subframes all contribute to the Evoque's well-controlled and absorbent ride, and its confidence in challenging off-road conditions.
Strong and stable safety cell
The Range Rover Evoque's optimised steel structure protects occupants using an incredibly strong and stable safety cell, which is complemented by a comprehensive system of airbags and restraints.
The ultra-high-strength Boron steel has been used in key parts of the crash safety cell to resist deformation and intrusion during impacts, including the A- and B-pillars and the sills.
The occupant safety package includes a carefully optimised restraint system including driver and passenger airbags, knee airbags, and side curtain and thorax airbags.
Pedestrian safety was given a very high priority, wîth the design for the front-end, bumpers, bonnet and cowl area undergoing intensive optimisation to ensure that the structure minimised potential injuries.
Powerful and sophisticated braking system
The Range Rover Evoque features a powerful all-disc braking system for confident stopping in all conditions. Generous disc diameters provide a huge thermal capacity, providing formidable, fade-free stopping performance which equals that of premium sports saloons.
Like larger Range Rovers, the Evoque is equipped wîth a convenient and effective electronic park brake, activated via a switch in the centre console, which disengages automatically when the car moves off.
The braking system is complemented by the latest generation of electronic active safety systems, including:
•Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
•Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
•Emergency brake lights (EBL)
•Emergency brake assist (EBA)
•Corner Brake Control (CBC)
The Corner Brake Control function has been carefully calibrated to prevent rear end instability when braking in corners. The system optimises the side-to-side braking balance for all four wheels, to help ensure that the car follows the driver's intended path.
State-of-the-art traction and stability systems
Active safety performance is further enhanced by a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art traction and stability systems, configured using Range Rover's expertise in all-terrain performance to maximise stability and safety in the widest range of driving conditions.
At the heart of the systems is a sophisticated electronic control unit which monitors the car at all times, and can individually adjust the braking forces and engine torque applied to each wheel to optimise the handling and help the driver retain control in extreme manoeuvres.
The control unit takes into account a wide variety of inputs including individual wheel speeds, cornering yaw rates, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, vehicle speed, gear and clutch engagement, brake pressure, accelerator position and the settings of the hill descent and Terrain ResponseTM systems.
To complement the car's responsive on-road handling, the Range Rover Evoque features refinements to the Dynamic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control systems which further enhance cornering behaviour and stability.
The car also includes a new Hill Start Assist function, which holds the brakes for a few seconds to help the driver pull away smoothly and safely on steep inclines, and Trailer Stability Assist for improved towing safety.
The full suite of traction and stability systems includes:
•Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
•Roll Stability Control (RSC)
•Traction Control System (TCS)
•Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
•Hill Start Assist
•Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Gradient Release Control (GRC)
•Engine Drag torque Control (EDC)
Únique all-terrain technologies
Like all Range Rovers, the Evoque makes use of a unique suite of technologies to maximise performance and safety in challenging on- and off-road conditions.
The primary technology is Terrain ResponseTM, which adapts the responses of the car's engine, gearbox, centre coupling and braking/stability systems to match the demands of the terrain, optimising driveability and comfort as well as maximising traction.
The Range Rover Evoque has four Terrain ResponseTM settings, selected via a control on the centre console: General Driving (on-road and easy off-road); Grass/Gravel/Snow (slippery conditions, on- and off-road); Mud and Ruts; and Sand. An additional Dynamic setting is available for cars specified wîth Adaptive Dynamics.
To optimise safety and control on steep gradients, the Evoque also offers Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Gradient Release Control (GRC). HDC automatically restricts speed downhill using the anti-lock brakes, and has been enhanced for improved performance, wîth a revised interface to help the driver adjust the target speed more easily. GRC is linked to HDC, and progressively releases the brakes on very steep or more gradual slopes, for maximum control.
Tested to the limit
With its compact size and concept-car looks the Evoque is clearly a new kind of Range Rover, but it has been subjected to exactly the same punishing test and development regime as the larger Range Rover models.
A whole fleet of development vehicles are being subjected to twelve months of gruelling tests, covering millions of miles between them to ensure that the Evoque achieves the same standards of ruggedness and all-terrain versatility as every Range Rover before them.
An extensive team of engineers dedicated to prototype development and testing, are travelling to over 20 countries worldwide to test in extremes of climates over a variety of road surfaces and altitudes. From the frozen extremities of Europe and Canada, to the searing heat and dust of the deserts in the Middle East and America, to the Autobahns in Europe and city traffic in Tokyo, the Evoque is being validated against every element the earth can throw at it.
In total, over 16,700 tests will be completed across all components and systems. Some of the most punishing test regimes include:
•8,000km (5,000 miles) driven flat-out non-stop at the Nürburgring in the hands of a racing driver, testing chassis and braking components to the limit, along wîth the powertrain and cooling systems
•Intensive month-long ‘king of the sand' durability cycle in the Middle East, tackling punishing dirt roads, off-road sand driving and tough inclines in intense desert heat
•Infamous off-road test cycle encompassing thousands of kilometers through the unique deep mud and clay of the Land Rover test centre at Eastnor Castle proving grounds, the MIRA and Gaydon durability circuits, and the deep water and ruts of the military proving grounds designed to challenge tanks and personnel carriers.
*Data based on manufacturer's estimate.Source - Land Rover
RANGE ROVER EVOQUE LIVE: GROUNDBREAKING VEHICLE SHOWCASE ELECTRIFIES LONDON AUDIENCESThe most exciting vehicle of the year - the Range Rover Evoque - took centre stage in London over the weekend as the star of a spectacular series of live performances that combined state-of the–art motion graphics wîth high fashion.
Earl's Court was the venue for the three-day event, which began on Friday (20 May) and saw celebrities and customers alike entertained by Evoque Live's 360 degree, 25 minute sensory experience.
The high octane events represent an first - combining visionary art, contemporary design and haute couture wîth an exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal wîth Land Rover's smallest, lightest and most fuel-efficient model ever before it goes on sale in September.
Evoque Live was brought to life by Lee Lapthorne and Doll Productions (the company behind award winning shows including Clothes Show Live and Britain's Next Top Model) using a fusion of creative talent including fashion stylist Harriet Jagger, designers Jasper Conran, Amanda Wakeley and choreography by Ashley Wallen.
Commenting on the fashions responsible for setting pulses racing, all of which were inspired by different aspects of the vehicle, award-winning designer Amanda Wakeley said: 'The Evoque is a truly iconic British car, so it feels appropriate that Land Rover has chosen to showcase British fashion in this way - as both are world renowned for their creativity and craftsmanship.'
With a stylish range of personalisation options both the coupé and 5-Door versions of the Range Rover Evoque give customers the opportunity to tailor their vehicle to suit their lifestyle. It is also available wîth a choice of powertrains, petrol and diesel, as well as six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Plus, for the first time in a Range Rover, the option of 2WD (front wheel drive) as well as 4WD.
Producer Lee Lapthorne added: 'I am proud to be behind such a groundbreaking show. It is a genuine first in terms of vehicle launches and delivers a unique audience experience.'
The spectacular show now moves to Birmingham (opening at the NEC on 27 May) and Manchester (opening at Manchester Central Convention Complex on 3 June) where it will deliver the Evoque Live experience to over 10,000 people. However, tickets for these events are limited (only 150 per show), wîth many shows already sold out. Anyone interested in finding out more about this exciting new vehicle should register now at: www.evoquelive.comSource - Land Rover
All three models had the option of a rear power takeoff for accessories and could be started with a front hand crank. The Rover featured leaf-sprung suspension with selectable two or four-wheel drive and the Stage 1 featured permanent 4WD. The Rover company was forced to move into a large 'shadow factory' in Solihull, near Birmingham, England after their original factory in Coventry was bombed during the war. Originally built to construct aircraft, the factory was now empty but to begin car production there from scratch wouldn't be a financially viable option.
Plans were made to produce a small, economical concept called the M-Type and few prototypes were made, but it was found too expensive to produce. Land Rover's chief designer; Maurice Wilks, came up with a concept to produce a light agricultural and utility vehicle, with an emphasis on agricultural use, similar to the Willy's Jeep utilized in the war. Wilks' design added a power take-off (PTO) feature since there was an open gap between jeeps and tractors in the market. The original concept; a cross between a light truck and a tractor, was quite similar to the Unimog, which was developed in Germany at the same time.
The first Land Rover prototype was built on a Jeep chassis and used the gearbox and engine out of a Rover P3 saloon car. It had a very distinctive feature; the steering wheel was mounted into the middle of the car; so it became known as the 'centre steer'. To save on steel which was rationed at the time, the bodywork was hand-made out of an aluminum/magnesium called Birmabright. Since paint was also in short supply the first production vehicles were painted army surplus green paint. Led by engineer Arthur Goddard, the first pre-production Land Rovers were developed in late 1947.
Just like a tractor would drive farm machinery, the PTO drives from the front of the engine and from the gearbox to the center and rest of the vehicle. The vehicle was also tested plowing and performing other agricultural chores before the emphasis on tractor-like usage decreased and center steering proved impractical in use. At this point the bodywork was simplified to reduce production time and costs, the steering wheel was mounted off to the side like normal vehicles, and a larger engine was fitted, together with a specifically designed transfer gearbox to replace the jeep unit. All of these updates resulted in a vehicle that didn't utilize a single Jeep component, was shorter than its American inspiration, but heavier, wider, faster and still retained the PTO drives.
Originally the concept was designed to be in production a short 2 or 3 years to gain some export orders and cash flow for the Rover Company so it could restart up-market car production. Once production started though, it was greatly outsold by the off-road Land Rover, which developed into its own brand that today remains successful. A lot of the rugged design features that have made the Land Rover design such a success were a result of Rover's drive to simplify the tooling required for the vehicle and to use the minimum amount of rationed materials. The aluminum alloy bodywork has been retained throughout production despite it being more pricy than a conventional steel body, along with the distinctive flat body panels with only simple, constant-radius curves. Also remaining simple is the sturdy box-section ladder chassis, which on Series cars was made up from four strips of steel welded at each side to form a box, making a more conventional U or I-section frame.
Unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show, the Land Rover Series I began production in 1948 and continued for 10 years. Originally designed for farm and light industrial use, the Series 1 featured a steel box-section chassis and an aluminum body. Beginning as a single model offering, the Land Rover from 1948 until '51 used an 80 inch wheel base and a 1.6-liter petrol engine that produced around 50 bhp. The 4-speed gearbox from the Rover P3 was utilized with a brand new 2-speed transfer box. Much like several Rover cars of the time, the Series 1 incorporated an unusual 4-wheel drive system with a freewheel unit. Allowing a form of permanent 4WD this disengaged the front axle from the manual transmission on the overrun. The freewheel could be locked in place by a ring-pull mechanism in the driver's footwell to produce a more traditional 4WD. The Series 1 was a basic car, with tops for the doors and a roof of canvas or metal was an optional extra. The lights moved from a position behind the grill to protruding through the grille in 1950.
Since not all consumers would want a Land Rover with the most minimalistic of interiors so Land Rover launched a second body option in 1949 dubbed the 'Station Wagon'. The Wagon was fitted with a body built by Tickford; a coachbuilder known for their work with Rolls-Royce and Lagonda. With seating for up to seven people, the bodywork was wooden-framed and in comparison to standard Land Rover's, the Tickford featured leather seats, a one-piece laminated windscreen, a heater, interior trim, a tin-plate spare wheel cover and other options. Unfortunately the wooden construction made them pricy to produce and tax laws made them even worse since the Tickford was taxed as a private car and attracted high levels of Purchase Tax. Because of this, less than 700 Tickfords were sold and all but 50 were exported. Today these early Station Wagons are highly collectible.
The petrol engine in the Series 1 was replaced with a larger 2.0-liter I4 unit in 1952 with a 'Siamese bore' which meant that were no water passages between the pistons. The uncommon semi-permanent 4WD system was replaced during 1950 with a more conventional setup, with drive to the front axle being taken through a simple dog clutch. The legal status of the Land Rover was clarified around this time as well, meaning it was exempt from purchase tax.
Unfortunately this also meant that the vehicle with limited to a speed of 30 mph on British roads. Following a charge with exceeding this limit by a Land Rover owner, and an appeal to the Law Lords, the Land Rover's classification was changed to a 'multi-purpose vehicle' which was only to be classed as a commercial vehicle if used for commercial purposes. Today this classification continues to apply today with Land Rovers registered as commercial vehicles being restricted to a max speed of 60 mph (compared to the maximum 70mph for normal cars) in Britain, though this rule is rarely upheld.
Big changes came to the model in 1954 with the 80 inch wheelbase model replaced by an 86 inch wheelbase model and 107 inch 'Pick Up' version introduced. The additional wheelbase was added behind the cab area to provide extra load space.
The following year the first five-door model 'Station Wagon' was introduced on the 107 inch chassis and featured seating for up to ten people. The 86 inch model was a three-door vehicle with room for up to seven people. Very different from previous Tickford models, these new station wagons were being built with simple metal panels and bolt-together construction instead of the complicated wooded structure of the older Station Wagon. Dual purposed, the Station Wagons could be used as commercial vehicles as people-carries and also by private users. Much like the Tickford version, the wagons came with basic interior trim and equipment such as roof vents and interior lights.
The first expansion of the Land Rover range began with the Station Wagons. They were fitted with a 'Safari Roof' which consisted of a second roof skin fitted on top of the car. The roof kept the inside cool in hot temperatures and reduced condensation in cold weather. Vents fitted into the roof added ventilation to the interior. Station wagons were based on the same chassis and drive-trains as the standard vehicles, they carried different chassis numbers, unique badging and were advertised in separate brochures. Unlike the original Wagon, the new in-house versions were very popular.
To make room for the new diesel engine, the wheelbase was extended by 2 inches to 88 inches and 109 inches to accommodate the new diesel engine, which was an option the following year. With the exception of the 107 Station Wagon, which would never be fitted with a diesel, this change was made to all models and would eventually be the final series I in production.
For 1957 the 'spread bore' petrol engine was debuted, followed closely by a brand new 2.0 liter Diesel engine, that even though it had similar capacity, it wasn't related to the petrol engines used. The petrol engines at the time used the old-fashioned inlet-over-exhaust valve arrangement, while the diesel utilized the more modern overhead layout. This engine was one of the first high-speed diesels developed for road use, producing 52 hp at 4,000 rpm. The wheelbase was increased from 86 to 88 inches for the short-wheelbase models, and from 107 to 109 inches on the long-wheelbase, since the engine was slightly longer than the original chassis allowed. These extra two inches were in front of the bulkhead to accommodate the new diesel engine. For the next 25 years these dimensions were used on all Land Rovers.
In 1958 the Series II Land Rover was debuted and continued its production run until '61. It came in 88 inch and 109 inch wheelbases. The first Land Rover to receive consideration from Rover's styling department; Chief Stylist David Bache produced the well-known 'barrel side' waistline to cover the car's wider track and improved design of the truck cab variant, introducing the curved side windows and rounded roof still used today on current Land Rovers. The first car to utilize the famous 2.25-liter petrol engine, though the first 1,500 short wheelbase models kept the 52 hp 2.0 liter petrol engine from the Series 1. The larger petrol engine produced 72 hp and was closely related to the 2.0 liter diesel unit still in use today. Until the mid-1980s this engine became the standard Land Rover unit when diesel engines became more popular.
The 109-inch Series II Wagon introduced a 12-seater option on top of the standard 10-seater layout. This model was constructed basically to take advantage of UK tax laws, by which a car with 12 seats or more was classed as a bus, and was exempt from Purchase Tax and Special Vehicle Tax. This made the 12-seater Series II model less expensive than the 10-seater version, and also cheaper than the 7-seater 88 inch Station Wagon. For decades the 12-seater layout remained a popular favorite, being retained on the later Series and Defender variants until 2002, when it was dropped. The abnormal status of the 12-seater continued until the end, and these vehicles were classed as minibuses and could use bus lanes and could be exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
There was a slight bit of over-lap between Series I and Series II production. Early Series II 88 inch vehicles were fitted with the old 2-liter petrol engine to use up existing stock from production of the Series I 107-inch Station Wagon continued until late 1959. This was due to continued demand from export markets and to allow the production of Series II components to reach the highest level.
The Series IIA Land Rover was introduced in 1961 and continued in production until 1971 and was quite difficult to distinguish from the SII. Slight cosmetic changes were made from the previous series, but most of the big changes were made under the hood with the addition of the new 2.25-liter Diesel engine. The factory offered body configurations ranging from short-wheelbase soft-top to the first-class five-door station wagon. The 2.6 liter straight-six petrol engine was introduced in 1967 for use in the long-wheelbase models, the larger engine complemented by standard-fit servo-assisted brakes. 811 of these models were NADA (North American Dollar Area) truck, which were the only long-wheelbase models produced for the American and Canadian markets. From February 1969 the headlamps moved into the wings on all models and the sill panes were redesigned to be shallower a few months later.
Considered to be the most stalwart Series model ever constructed, the Series IIA is also the type of classic Land Rover that featured strongly in the general public's opinion of the Land Rover as it appeared in popular films and TV documentaries set in Africa throughout the 1960's. One of these examples was 'Born Free'.
Land Rover celebrated its 20th Birthday in February 1968, just a few months after its manufacturer had been subsumed, under government pressure, into the Leyland Motor Corporation, with total production to date just shy of 600,000, of which more than 70% had been exported. Sales of utility Land Rovers arrived at their peak in 1969-1970 during the Series IIA production run, when sales of over 60,000 Land Rovers a year were recorded. The Land Rover took over numerous world markets, as well as record sales, in Australia in the 1960's, the Land rover held 90% of the 4X4 market.
1963 brought about the Series IIA FC Land Rover, which was based on the Series IIA 2.25 liter petrol engine and 109 inch chassis, with the cab positioned over the engine to allow more load space. Export vehicles were the first Land Rovers to receive the 2.6 liter petrol engine. Most models had an ENV rear axle while a matching front axle came later. To provide additional flotation for this heavy car were large 900x16 tires on deep-dish wheel rims. Slightly underpowered for the increased load capacity, most of these vehicles had a hard-working life. Less than 2,500 models were constructed, and most had a utility body. Surviving examples often have custom bodywork, and with an upgraded power-train, they can be used as a small motor-home.
Produced from 1966 the Series IIB FC was similar to the Series IIA Forward Control but added the 2.25-liter diesel engine as an option. The standard engine for this model was the 2.6-liter engine, and the 2.25-liter engine was only available for export. Designed by ENV, heavy duty wide-track axles were fitted to improve vehicle stability, along with a front anti-roll bar and updated rear springs which were mounted above the axle instead of below it. During this process the wheelbase was increased to 110 inches. In 1974 production of the IIB FC was ended when Land-Rover reorganized its vehicle range. Many of the components from this line were also used on the '1 Ton' 109 inch vehicle.
The Land Rover Series III line was introduced in 1971 and ran until 1985 it had the same body and engine options as the previous IIA, including station wagons and the 1 Ton versions. Only minor changes were made from the IIA to the Series III. The Series III is the most common Series car, with 440,000 of the type built from 1971 to 1985. From 1968 onward, the headlights were moved to the wings on late production IIA models and remained in this position for the Series III. The traditional grille from the Series I, II and IIA was replaced with a plastic one for the Series III model.
Compressions were raised from 7:1 to 8:1 on the 2.25-liter engine, increasing the power slightly. During the production run for the III, the 1,000,000th Land Rover rolled off the production line in 1976. Numerous changes were made during the Series III production run in the later part of its life as Land Rover updated their design to meet the increasing design competition. The Series III was the initial model to feature synchromesh on all four gears though some late H-suffix SIIA models had used the all-synchro box.
The simple metal dashboard of earlier models was redesigned to accept a new molded plastic dash, in keeping with early 1970s trends in automotive interior design, both in safety and use of more state-of-the-art materials. The instrument cluster was moved from its centrally located position over to the driver's side. Long-wheelbase Series III cars had the Salisbury rear axle as standard, though some late SIIA 109-inch cars had them too.
For the 1980 model year, the 4-cylinder 2.25 liter engines were updated with five-bearing crankshafts to increase strength in heavy duty work. At the same time the axles, transmission and wheel hubs were redesigned for increased strength. This was the result of a series of updates to the transmission that had been made since the 1960's to deal with the common problem of the rear axle half-shafts breaking in heavy usage. Part of this problem was due to the design of the shafts themselves. The half shafts can be removed quickly and efficiently without even having to jack the vehicle off the ground due to the fully floating design of the rear wheel hubs. Unfortunately the tendency for commercial operators to overload their cars heightened this flaw which tainted the Series Land Rovers in numerous export markets and established a negative reputation even to today. This is despite the '82 redesign which all but solved the problem.
Numerous trim options were also introduced this year to make the interior of the car more comfortable. An all new 'County' spec Station Wagon Land Rover was introduced in both 88-inch and 109-inch types. These models featured all-new cloth seats from the Leyland T-45 Lorry, tinted glass, soundproofing kits and other 'soft' options designed to appeal to the luxury driver.
Also new this year was the High Capacity Pick -Up to the 109 inch chassis, with a load bay that offered 25% more cubic capacity than the standard pick-up style. Popular with public utility companies and building contractors, the HCPU came with heavy-duty suspension.
From 1979 until 1985 the Stage 1; which refers to the first stage of investment by the British Government in the company to improve Land Rover and Range Rover productions, was built utilizing some of the same components as the Range Rover and 101 Forward Control, such as LT95 gearbox and 3.5-liter Rover V8 petrol engine. The engine was detuned to 91 hp from the 135BHP that the Range Rover of the time featured. The Stage 1 was available in a 109-inch and 88-in wheelbase. The use of the Range Rover engine and drive train made it the only Series car that had permanent four-wheel drive.
Produced from 1968 until 1977, the 1 Ton 109 inch was basically a Series IIB Forward Control built with a standard 109 inch body, featuring a 2.6 liter petrol engine, ENV front and rear axles and a lower ratio gearbox, though some late IIAs were fitted with ENV axles in front and Salisbury on the rear. Later series IIIs had a Rover type front axle with up-rated differential. Unique to the model, the chassis frame featured drop-shackle suspension very similar to the military series Land Rovers. Standard feature was 900x16 tires and these machines were typically used by utility companies and breakdown/towing firms. Only 170 IIA and 238 Series IIIs were constructed for the home marked. Even fewer examples were on the export markets, making this model the rarest type of Land-Rover ever constructed.
The Australian market has always been a big fan for Land Rovers of all types, but especially the utility models. In the late 1940s 80-inch Series I models were sold to the Australian government for work on civil engineering projects such as road construction and dams, which brought the car back to the buying public's attention. Very large sales followed in the Australian market and in the 1950's Land Rover began to establish factories in Australia to build CKD kits shipped from the Solihull, UK factory. Through the 1960s the Land Rover continued to sell strongly in Series II guise, commanding around 90% of the off-road market. Nearly every farm had at least one Land Rover.
In the early 1970s the Series III continued successfully, but halfway through the decade the sales began to decline. Partly due to a large export deal to Japan relied on the subsequent import of Japanese vehicles and others, along with the increasingly poor quality of the components shipped from UK. Land Rover's once high dominance slipped. An Australian issue was the always-limited supply of new Land Rovers. The Leyland factory never had the capacity to meet possible demand and supply and the manufacturing process was restricted by having to import almost the entire vehicle in kit form from Britain.
This long process led to a long waiting list developing for the Leyland product while commercial operators could receive Japanese vehicles very quickly. Other Land Rover issues were the same throughout its export markets comparing it to Japanese competition; the Land Rover was under-powered, unreliable and inferior with a poor ride quality, though the off-road ability was superior. Japanese vehicles were also less likely to rust and didn't feature the low-quality steel in comparison to the Land Rover. This turned off buyers, and by 1983 with the introduction of the One Ten, the Toyota Land Cruiser became the best-selling 4X4 in Australia.
Land Rover Australia went through some updates in the early 1980s in an attempt to combat this sales decline. Land Rover fit the V8 petrol engine in the 1979 'Stage One', Australia also received the same car with the option of a 3.9-liter 89 hp 4-cylinder Isuzu diesel engine. This update made a valiant effort to slow the sales decline, but unfortunately all of the other Land Rover shortcomings overwhelmed the vehicle. The One Ten was also available with this engine along with a turbocharged version producing in excess of 100 hp powered the military 6X6.
The Series Land Rovers were used in vast number by the British Army, and today continued to use the modern Defender versions. Nearly as soon as it was launched in 1948 the British Army tested the 80-inch Series I Land Rover. At the time, the Army was more concerned with developing a specially designed military utility 4X4 (the Austin Champ). Unfortunately the Champ proved too complicated, heavy and unreliable in battlefield conditions.
So the Army looked in the Land Rover direction and in the late 1940's the Ministry of Defense was interested in the standardization of its vehicles and equipment. He wanted to fit Rolls-Royce petrol engines to all its vehicles. A variety of Series I Land Rovers were fitted with Rolls-Royce B40 4-cylinder engine, with a modified 81 inch wheelbase. Unfortunately the engine was too heavy and had little power, the slow revving stunted the performance and produced torque that the Rover gearbox could only just cope with. Rover convinced the MOD that the standard 1.6-liter engine would be enough since they were only ordering a small amount. From late 1949 the MOD began ordering Land Rovers in batches, starting at 50 vehicles, but increasing this amount to 200 each batch by the mid 1950s.
Deployed to the Korean War and the Suez Crisis, the Land Rover became standard light military vehicles throughout the Commonwealth.
Throughout the 1960s though, more and more specialized versions were developed. Along with the standard 'GS' (General Service) vehicles, a common variant was the 'FFR' (Fitted For Radio) was introduced which had 24-volt electrics and a large engine-powered generator to power on-board radios. Ambulances were also introduced on the 109-inch Series II chassis. The 'Pink Panther' was a well-known version dubbed the LRDPV (Long-Range Desert Patrol Vehicle), it was painted a distinctive light pink sand camouflage. These 109-inch Series IIs were stripped of windscreens and doors and fitted with grenade launchers, a machine gun mounting ring, and long-range fuel tanks and water tanks. These models were used by the SAS for desert patrolling and special operations.
The British Army had acquired around 9,000 Series III models by the late 1970s, which were basically a special 'Heavy Duty' version of the 109-inch Soft Top. These vehicles had improved suspension components and a different chassis cross-member design. These were produced in 12-volt 'GS' models and 24-volt 'FFR' versions. A very small number were 88-inch GS and FFR models, but mostly the Army used the Air-Portable ½ ton, 88-inch 'Lightweight' version. The Lightweight was in use by numerous armies worldwide. In Europe even the Danish Army and the Dutch Landmacht utilized the Land-Rover Lightweight. Rather than the petrol engine, the Dutch and Danish had diesel engine and rather than the canvas top the Dutch ones had PVS tops like the modern Land Rover Wolf.
In Addition, there was also 101-inch Forward Control models; 109-inch FV18067 ambulances constructed by Marshall Aerospace of Cambridge. Both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force also acquired and maintained smaller Land Rover fleets during the 1960's through 1970s. The RAFs used 88-inch models for liaison, communications, airfield tractor duties and personnel transports. The Royal Navy's fleet was small and consisted mainly of GS-spec and Station Wagon versions for cargo transport and personnel. All British military Land Rovers utilized the 2.25-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine, though various overseas customers specified the 2.25-liter diesel unit instead.
Minerva of Belgium produced a car dubbed a Standard Vanguard, which was produced in Belgium under license of the Standard Motor Company. In the spring of 1951 the head of Minerva, Monsieur van Roggen contacted the Rover Company when Belgium's army was in need of a lightweight 4X4 vehicle. In 1952 the Minerva-Land Rover was produced.
The Rover Company allowed Minerva to produce Land Rovers under license to Rober and supplied technical support for Minerva. Rover Assistant Chief Engineer and head of Land Rover development; Arthur Goddard, was in charge of approving the updates Minerva wanted to make to the Rover, in addition to setting the factory up to assemble the vehicles.
Land Rover has claimed that in 1992, nearly 70% of all the vehicles they had constructed were still in use today.By Jessica Donaldson
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