You always remember your first. For the all-new Range Rover Evoque that first came at the hands of Motor Trend and the annual award that comes along with it. The all-new Range Rover Evoque was presented with Motor Trend’s 2012 Sport/Utility Vehicle of the Year award after a field of 10 contestants were whittled down to only one. The award is the Evoque’s first major U.S. automotive accolade.
“It is a significant achievement for the Range Rover Evoque to be deemed the best new SUV on the market by Motor Trend, one of the pre-eminent brands in automotive publishing,” said Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “Our entire UK team, responsible for the engineering, design and build of this cutting edge luxury vehicle, was invaluable in the success of this model. We know our customers in the United States will share our excitement over this award for the newest addition to the Land Rover family.”
In order to earn the honor as top SUV of the year the Evoque competed against the BMW X3, Dodge Durango and Journey, Ford Explorer, Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Mini Cooper Countryman, Saab 9-4x, and the Volkswagen Touareg. Each SUV was evaluated under the criteria such as design advancement, engineering excellence, intended function, efficiency, safety, and value. Other factors that were taken into account were availability, base price, and the disparity between luxury and regular SUV models.
“The Range Rover Evoque is a bold move into the fast-growing compact luxury SUV sector,” said Angus MacKenzie, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. “Refined and capable both on and off the road, it artfully combines traditional Range Rover values with stunning state-of-the-moment design and impressive efficiency. The Evoque is a worthy winner of our award, and I have no doubt it will be a worldwide hit for Land Rover.”
The Evoque went on sale earlier this month and is offered as a coupe and five-door model. The base price of the coupe starts at $44,995 while the five-door model has a price tag starting at $43,995. Both versions share the same exact dimensions however the five-door has a 1.18-inch higher roofline. Every Evoque destined for roads stateside come equipped with all-wheel drive and will be motivated by a 240 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
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Source: Land Rover