The all-new Range Rover Evoque has
entered its final phase of testing, with hundreds of prototype models
dispatched around the globe for trial in the toughest climates and conditions.
Land Rover is making no secret of
the operation – its design team has fitted 10 prototypes with funky camouflage
wraps, to introduce the new car in 10 key cities worldwide.
Ordinarily prototypes are disguised
for discretion, but these 10 are intended to be seen. The funky camouflage
imagery is actually a GPS mapping trail of ten key cities for Evoque, with each
vehicle saying ‘Hello’ to its city. It signals the eagerly awaited global
launch of the new Evoque.
These unmissable vehicles represent
London, New York, Sao Paulo, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Berlin, Sydney, Shanghai and
Moscow and will all be spotted testing around the globe. They are just a small
proportion of the hundreds of pre-production cars that will be rigorously
evaluated over millions of miles to ensure the new Range Rover Evoque surpasses
the highest standards of quality and reliability when it goes on sale in summer
Teams of engineers will travel to
20 countries to pit the Range Rover Evoque against the most extreme conditions
on earth, ranging from the Arctic to the desert, from German Autobahns to Tokyo
city traffic. Alongside the engineers, Land Rover is working with 120 unique
component suppliers and carrying out in excess of 17,000 individual tests to
examine every separate part and system.
Like all Range Rovers, the new
Evoque will have been proven against all the elements when it goes on sale next
“The development stage is crucial
in the year leading up to launching the car,” said Murray Dietsch, director of
Land Rover programmes. “No stone is left unturned; we have a team of
experienced and skilled engineers who will work to a tight schedule to ensure
we have a top quality vehicle to offer our customers.”
The new Range Rover Evoque is the
smallest, lightest and most fuel-efficient model the company has ever offered,
and will be sold in 160 markets around the world.