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Land Rover Announces Pricing for 2012 Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque SUV, its smallest, will cost $43,995 for the five-door model and $44,995 for the coupe version. Both prices include delivery and destination fees. The 2012 Range Rover Evoque will arrive in U.S. dealerships in the fall.

Land Rover says in a press release that the Evoque will get 19/28 mpg city/highway, but the EPA hasn’t officially rated it yet. The automaker says the Evoque’s predicted fuel economy numbers are “the result of new efficiency technologies, lightweight materials, and environmentally conscious design.” In comparison, the 2012 Audi Q5, which has all-wheel drive standard, gets an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder and automatic transmission. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 with optional all-wheel drive and its 3.5-liter six-cylinder and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 16/21 mpg city/highway.

The luxury compact SUV has standard four-wheel drive. It features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower. The Evoque has a standard six-speed automatic transmission and can reach 60 mph from a complete stop in an estimated 7.1 seconds, Road & Track reports.

Land Rover points out its effort to be green, and as such, “the Range Rover Evoque uses recycled materials in the headliner, center console, air ducting, parcel shelf and engine cover,” AutoWeek reports.

The 2012 Evoque is priced much higher than other luxury compact SUVs in its class. The Volvo XC60 and Acura RDX are the least expensive models in the class, and start at about $33,000. At about $11,000 more than these, shoppers will receive premium leather on the seats, doors and instrument panel, panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth phone and audio, USB and auxiliary inputs and a 380-watt, 11-speaker Meridian audio system. Navigation, keyless entry, heated front seats and surround camera system are optional.

One of the 2012 Evoque’s competitors is the 2011 BMW X3, which starts at $36,750, but does not have standard leather seats. The X3 does have standard Bluetooth and auxiliary input. Standard four-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine make the X3 produce the same 240 horsepower that the Evoque produces with its turbo four-cylinder for about $7,000 less.

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