Normally, a sport-utility vehicle or crossover has to do something fairly extraordinary to receive a good green score. Like some other crossovers new for 2012, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque rates highly not because it's a hybrid or a diesel, but because it's smaller than the typical offering from Land Rover, and has a suitably downsized engine to boot.
The Evoque's 2.0-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder is something we've seen before in other crossovers. In fact, it's closely related to the EcoBoost engines in the 2012 Ford Explorer and Ford Edge--a legacy of Ford's ownership of Land Rover until a few years ago. The Evoque's output is similar, at 240 horsepower, and its fuel economy ends up comparable to that of the EcoBoost Explorer--an EPA-estimated 19/28 mpg.
By shrinking the size of the vehicle, Land Rover argues, it's also been able to go with the four-cylinder and to cut weight all over the vehicle. The Evoque's curb weight checks in at just about 3600 pounds, without the kind of exotic aluminum construction that gets the Jaguar XJ sedan in the same weight class.
Land Rover also says each Evoque contains about 35 pounds of recycled plastics.
A diesel version of the Evoque is offered in European and other world markets, but it hasn't been confirmed for a spot in American showrooms.