Dynamically designed and arrestingly attractive, the upcoming 2012 Range Rover Evoque won much praise following its reveal at Kensington Palace in the UK earlier this month. We can now report that the evocatively styled crossover is entering its final phase of testing ahead of a market launch pegged for the middle of next year.
During the final testing phase, Land Rover will be sending hundreds of prototype models around the globe for trial in the toughest climates and conditions. Of these, ten prototypes will be fitted with colorful camouflage wraps, to introduce the Evoque in ten key cities worldwide.
The colorful camouflage imagery is actually a GPS mapping trail of ten key cities for the Evoque, with each vehicle saying ‘Hello’ to all the locals as it drives through on its test run. The cities will include London, New York, Sao Paulo, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Berlin, Sydney, Shanghai and Moscow.
While we already know what the vehicle will look like thanks to its reveal earlier this month, we still have no idea what engines will be available. Expect to see some high-efficiency turbocharged mills, sipping both gasoline and diesel. Eventually, an advanced diesel-electric hybrid model is expected to be launched.
The only official info is that the new 2012 Range Rover Evoque will be the smallest, lightest and most fuel-efficient model the Land Rover has ever offered, and it will be sold in 160 markets around the world.