That style of roof actually went back as far as the first Z for Nissan. Of course the GT-R has a modernized version of it (along with the previous and current Z). The Toyota 2000GT had a similar roofline, as well (beating out the Z by 2 years ). Not sure if any cars older than that had it.
.LRXey: Smallest Range Rover Ever Crosses Over
While the concept was badged as a Land Rover, the company decided to use the Range Rover brand for the production version of this premium vehicle. Although more luxurious and expensive, it is smaller, lighter and more economical than the LR2 by virtue of its taut design and short overhangs.
The company has announced that, for Europe at least, there will be a front-drive version of the vehicle, making it the first two-wheel-drive Land Rover in history. This diesel version, which is expected to employ a stop-start feature, will reportedly achieve fuel economy similar to a base Mini Cooper. But the majority of sales will no doubt be for the 4WD model, with an as yet unspecified gas-powered six-cylinder likely be the main engine for the U.S.
Roughly two years after the initial launch, a hybrid version will reportedly be added to the mix, using electric drive to the rear wheels. Land Rover says it can optimize this system for off-road use, because electric drive allows engineers to better calibrate torque delivery and traction control.
.What you see here are 10 special prototype versions of the 'baby' Range Rover wrapped in trendy camouflage with each vehicle saying 'Hello' to one of the following cities: London, New York, Sao Paulo, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Berlin, Sydney, Shanghai and Moscow. The imagery on each prototype is actually a GPS mapping trail of the city it represents.
Land Rover plans to use these special test cars around the world to drum up interest in the Evoque that goes on sale in summer of 2011.
Promotional tactics aside, Land Rover's engineers are evaluating hundreds of real test mules in various climates and conditions. "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."
According to the automaker, more than 17,000 individual tests will be performed on all components and systems of the Evoque before the compact crossover enters series production.
Dislike that new roofline (it's similar to older rooflines of the past, but not really) that Nissan started. Looks dorky. roofs should be level or slant forwards, not backwards. Silly design.
Range Rover Evoque, the production Land Rover LRX, is revealed at Paris. New five-door version
The Evoque is set to have comfortably the most compact footprint of any vehicle in the history of the brand. This is set to be reflected in the Evoque