When it was launched, the 2011 Range Rover Evoque made all the other compact-SUV like they were designed half-of-century ago. It broke the design books about how an SUV should look.
The charm was the main advantage over its competitors such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, or the Mercedes-Benz GLK. Even if it didn't have the same powerful,
six-cylinder engines, it conquered the world with its look.
The narrow headlights, big front bumper, and small grille were some of its improvements in style. A short greenhouse enhanced visually the coupe-like silhouette. The flared wheel-arches made room for bigger wheels.
Inside, the design evolution for the SUV-segment continued with bolstered seas and a dashboard inspired by sports cars with binocular-style dials for the speedometer and tachometer, with an LCD display in between them. It wasn't a first in the industry, but the small details made a difference. As an option, it featured a dual-view infotainment screen on which the driver could see one thing, while the passenger could see a movie or something else that the infotainment could show. The 5-door version helped with access for the rear seats.
For the technical department, the Evoque came only with 4-cylinder turbocharged engines. The 2.2-liter diesel was a carry-over from the Freelander 2. The rotary pop-up rotary gear selector was seen before on the Jaguar XF and it still looked great. It was fitted as standard with the optional 9-speed automatic gearbox. Last, but not least, the car featured MagnaRide dampers, which could stiffen the suspension for a better road-holding or soften them in off-road use.