The Range Rover Evoque. Click to enlarge.

Land Rover unveiled the new compact Range Rover Evoque at a 40th birthday celebration of brand. The all-new coupé will join the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport line-up in the summer of 2011. It will be the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient Range Rover ever produced. Customers have a choice of both a 4WD and a 2WD version, with sub-130g/km CO2 emissions.

The Evoque, which is derived from the LRX concept car shown in 2008 (earlier post), will be sold in more than 160 countries.

The LRX was conceived as a highly fuel-efficient, 2.0-liter, turbodiesel hybrid that meets US emissions standards and is capable of running on biodiesel. In combination with other Land Rover technologies, this powertrain could reduce fuel consumption by as much as 30% compared with other SUVs of comparable size, and reduce emissions to approximately 120 g/km.

In 2008 we introduced the LRX concept car: after a positive reception worldwide, the natural step for the business was to turn the LRX concept car into reality. Tonight we wanted to show the world that we have stayed true to our word and delivered a car that completely represents the spirit of the LRX concept.

—Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director

The Range Rover Evoque will make its global public debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September and will go on sale from next summer.