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Range Rover Evoque wins Motor Trend award

2012 Range Rover Evoque at the New York

2012 Range Rover Evoque at the New York Auto Show, April 22, 2011. Photo Credit: Jose Moreno

Motor Trend Magazine announced that the all-new Range Rover Evoque won the “2012 SUV of the Year.”

The Evoque was just released and is available in either a  three-door coupe of a five-door crossover. It has a starting price of $43,995 for the crossover and $44,995 for the coupe.

Known for their hulking vehicles, Land Rover is looking to change the image with the eco-minded but luxurious 2012 Evoque – a sport crossover that is the most fuel efficient and smallest vehicle in the automaker’s lineup.

The Evoque is powered by a direct-injection 2 liter turbo engine producing 240 hp and 241 lb-ft of torque. Range Rover says the Evoque has a top speed of 135 mph and can accelerate to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds – that’s as fast as the company's current V8-powered models.

All-wheel drive will be standard on the Evoque. It will feature a multiterrain system that allows the driver to choose between general driving and a variety of more rugged surfaces, like grass, gravel, snow; mud and ruts. There are also sand modes.

The crossover will also include biofuel compatibility, regenerative brakes, a stop-start system, and a hybrid powertrain system that propels the car on just electric power up to speeds of 20 mph.

The EPA says the Evoque gets 18 mpg city and 28 mpg higway for a combined 22 mpg. That's better than the all-wheel-drive 2012 Ford Edge, Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLK.

On the inside, the Evoque will have 8-inch touch screen for media and GPS, Bluetooth access, a panoramic sunroof, keyless start, a self-park system. It can also be equipped with a 360-degree camera.

Check out the video below to see more of the Range Rover Evoque.

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