2012 Land Rover Evoque Details and Photos

  • Competes with: Audi Q5, Infiniti EX35, Mini Countryman S
  • Looks like: Rear visibility might be an issue
  • Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Fall 2011

Our original thinking that the Land Rover Evoque would battle the Mini Countryman for the greatest small crossover was dashed when we found out that the Evoque will start around $45,000 when it goes on sale in fall 2011.

Land Rover is marketing the Evoque as a luxurious performance machine, which is different from Mini’s approach. The Evoque packs a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder and will ride on the latest Land Rover permanent all-wheel-drive system by the time production starts. The company promises serious off-road capability. The Evoque is also 10 inches longer than the Countryman. Add that size to the cost, and the Evoque will square up against more traditional luxury crossovers like the Audi Q5. It also reminds us of the tact Infiniti took with the EX35, which was not a sales success.

The Evoque will come in three trims. Not much was revealed about the base Pure trim level. However, the next step up, Prestige, will have an entirely leather-wrapped interior and run on standard 19-inch wheels with 20-inch wheels optional. The Dynamic trim features unique bumpers, sills, grille and tailpipes for a more aggressive look and rides on either 19- or 20-inch wheels. The interior has sportier seats with contrasting colors. You can also get contrasting roof and spoiler colors.

Check out the photos below and let us know what you think. Will the Evoque win over luxury crossover shoppers with its wild style, or will it be a niche seller?

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