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Range Rover has brought its new Evoque compact soft-roader to the Australian International Motor Show for its local debut, with the outfit hoping it will rival cars in Audi’s Q and BMW’s X ranges and become its biggest seller.

On starting price alone – it being pitched at around the AU$60,000 mark – it could well achieve that, but a prospective buyer will need to work past the car’s aesthetics, which is another matter entirely.

Remaining largely faithful to the eye-catching LRX concept vehicle shown off earlier this year, the carmaker elected to bring a three-door version of the car to the show, with minders doing their level best to prevent anyone having a closer look at the car.

And it’s certainly not hard to understand why. Quite why they’ve bothered with a three-door version – especially on the back Honda’s lamentably bad HRV – is very questionable, but the car also seems to be marketed at drivers shorter than 5’2” in height, as there is next to no headroom.

And decapitation is the only option if you’re considering using the rear seat row, with the Evoque’s compact features being ever more heightened as the roof slopes rearwards.

Range Rover Evoque
The only way to describe this car would be that a crusher has been dropped on its roof.

The marque has also admitted that it’s designed the Evoque with the prospective younger female buyer very much in mind – apparently its features and more manageable size are selling points! – so it remains to be seen whether this will actually eventuate…

For more information and tickets sales for the Australian International Motor Show, click here.

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Richard Bailey

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