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Making its world debut in Los Angeles, the new 2012 Range Rover Evoque five-door puts a more practical spin on the three-door 2012 Evoque Coupe that officially debuted in Paris. Maintaining the same compact footprint as the Coupe, this more family-friendly variation remains the smallest, lightest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever, but offers a bit more passenger/cargo space and easier rear-seat access. It, too, will be available in a well-appointed Pure trim, a more leather-intensive Premium upgrade and a sport-oriented Dynamic spec when it goes on sale here starting next fall.

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Like the Coupe, the U.S.-spec Evoque five-door will be fitted with a Rover-tuned 240-horsepower turbocharged version of Ford's 2.0-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All versions feature Range Rover's a trick all-wheel drive system that incorporates the latest version of the firm's multi-mode Terrain Response system. For the ultimate on/off-road experience, an Adaptive Dynamics upgrade with its MagneRide adjustable damping also will be included in the five-door model's option roster.

While maintaining a solid visual relationship with the Land Rover LRX Concept that initially spawned the Evoque Coupe, this new five-door version does offer a more accommodating cabin configuration, thanks to its 1.2-inch taller roofline and nearly two inches of additional rear-seat shoulder room. Beyond that, it provides the same impressive level of standard comfort/convenience features as the Coupe -- including an 8.0-inch center-mount touch-screen display -- while offering nifty options like an 825-watt Meridian premium sound system, hard-drive based navigation system, rear-seat entertainment package with twin 8.0-inch screens, a panoramic glass roof, power liftgate and a Surround Camera System that offers a 360-degree view.

Land Rover's Managing Director Phil Popham is confident this latest addition to the lineup will play a key role in extending the appeal of the brand. "While retaining everything that's great about the Range Rover Evoque coupe, this new five-door bodystyle will offer customers even more choice, greater practicality, versatility and flexibility." Official pricing for the 2012 Range Rover Evoque has not been released. However, Range Rover indicates that, like the three-door model, it's expected to start around $45,000.

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