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Range Rover cars in Russia have an extremely controversial reputation. On the one hand, any “Range” is a symbol of prestige, luxury and status of the owner. On the other hand, about the reliability of this brand are pretty angry jokes, and the smallest of them, Evoque, was called both “glamorous toy” and “powder on wheels”. But continued to buy, well, or envy those who bought and dream of buying.

The history of the Range Rover Evoque can be counted down since 2008, when a concept called the Land Rover LRX was shown at the Detroit Auto Show – the brand remained true to its tradition of anticipating the birth of a new model with several sighting shots. As a matter of fact, “sighting” and the search for a new design language began even earlier, in 2004, when a different concept was demonstrated in the same Detroit, the Range Stormer. The concept itself served as the foundation for the development of the Range Rover Sport, but some designer finds, such as a drop-down roof and a downward sloping console, were actively developed by the Jerry McGovern team when working on the LRX and, ultimately, on the Range Rover Evoque.

LRX made a great impression on the public, and clearly did not belong to the category of abstract design exercises: it was felt that this product was just a step away from the conveyor. The press reported quite specific technical details, including a range of engines, described the features of the transmission, and much more. In particular, it was argued that the concept was built on a shortened EUCD platform (Ford’s first global platform, which became the basis for the development of a variety of cars, from the Ford Mondeo and S-Max to the Volvo XC60 and Land Rover Freelander 2), and even called the start date of the serial Production – 2009.

However, in fact, the path of the model to the conveyor was quite long, and the production of a production car, called the Evoque, began only in July of 2011. Initially, the car received two types of body, five-door (just Evoque) and three-door Evoque Coupe. At the beginning of its conveyor life, the Evoq inherited from the Freelander 2 a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine in two power options, 150 and 190 hp. (TD4 and SD4, respectively). This engine, developed jointly by Ford and Peugeot-Citroen, has earned an excellent reputation for its heavy-duty, unpretentious and reliable performance. The role of a petrol engine for the most incendiary versions was entrusted to perform a new two-liter turbocharged four from the EcoBoost family with a power of 240 hp, which replaced the inline 6-cylinder aspirated Ford SI6.

Together with these engines, the 6-speed Aisin AWF21 and 6-speed Getrag M66EH50 mechanics (only automatic transmission versions were supplied to Russia) initially worked, but in 2013 Land Rover began to equip the Evoque with the latest 9-speed ZF 9-HP. Evoque could have both front-wheel drive and permanent four-wheel drive (only four-wheel drive variants with automatic transmission were supplied to Russia), and, of course, equipped with branded Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control systems.

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In 2015, a number of notable events took place. First, Land Rover changed both the Duratorque family of turbo diesel engines and Ecoboost gasoline engines to its own two-liter Ingenium family of engines. The 150-horsepower eD4 turbo diesel engine was mainly equipped with front-wheel drive versions with manual transmission, and the 180-horsepower TD4 and 240-horsepower Si4 – all-wheel drive, with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Well, and secondly, Land Rover went on a bold experiment and launched the Evoque variant with a body convertible into the series. These cars were officially sold in Russia (although for obvious reasons, in very limited quantities). In 2017, the production of convertibles was discontinued.

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