Adding another power machine to its Indian portfolio, the Tata owned British SUV maker, Land Rover, has launched its new Range Rover Evoque SE variant at a base price of Rs. 53.20 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Evoque has been one of the best selling SUVs from Jaguar Land Rover and it was available in petrol trim back in 2010 but since past few years the compact SUV was missing from the family. The relaunch took place on 11th of January, 2017.
Compared to the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Evoque has been priced competitively low and is only available in the SE variant unlike the Discovery Sport that is also available in HSE (higher trim level). In India, the Discovery Sport with petrol engine has been priced higher at Rs. 56.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Range Rover Evoque comes with a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre powermill that churns out a power of 240PS along with a peak torque of 340Nm. Synced with it is a 9-speed automatic gearbox that delivers power to all the four wheels of the beast. This is the same motor that powers the mighty Land Rover Discovery Sport too. The compact SUV can take a sprint of 0-100kmph in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 217Kmph.
The popular Terrain Response System from Land Rover has also been provided to the Evoque, which helps in selecting the preset modes – Snow, Rocks, Sand and Grass.
Excited about the launch, Rohit Suri, the President of Jaguar Land Rover in India, said, “We are excited to introduce the 2017 Model Year New Range Rover Evoque with a 2.0 l petrol derivative. The addition of the 2.0 l petrol derivative reinforces our commitment towards customers who aspire to drive this fabulous vehicle with a powerful petrol engine.”
The member of the family comes with some really exciting features, which include a tyre pressure monitoring system, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control. The cabin inside too witnesses some changes, which are front seats with 8-way electrical adjustments, an 8-inch ‘inControl Touch’ unit that supports navigation too, and front and rear parking sensors.
As far as the safety is concerned, the company has loaded the car with 7 airbags, ISOFIX mounts for infant’s seat and anti-lock brake system.
As compared to the diesel variant of Evoque, the petrol trim is almost a lakh less than the former. It will be a nice step by the company if it introduces the petrol versions in HSE/HSE Dynamic with top specs.
With Evoque, the list of petrol driven SUVs in the country has gathered quite a good number. This can be due to the ban on the registration on diesel vehicles last year having the engine of and above 2000cc displacement capacity. Other petrol SUVs competing against the Range Rover Evoque include the names of Mercedes-Benz GLC/GLE/GLA, Porsche Macan, Porsche Cayenne, Toyota Fortuner, BMW X3/X5, Volvo XC90 and Jeep Cherokee SRT.