Almost five inches of rear legroom have been gained.
When it comes to luxury, the market in China wants one thing above all else, and that's rear legroom. Many manufacturers offer China-only long-wheelbase versions of existing models to satisfy the craving that the country has for big, comfortable lounges in the back of executive sedans. We've seen this with the Audi A7 and even the Mercedes A-Class, and thanks to spy shots, we expected to see the Range Rover Evoque get the same treatment. The finished product has now been revealed, and as expected, it's only available in China. The name is hardly different though, gaining just the letter L as a suffix.
The total length of the crossover is listed as 178 inches, an increase over the regular model of six inches. As a result, Land Rover says that rear occupants get 4.9 inches more space for their legs. You can really relax back there too, as the rear seats can recline up to seven degrees. But it's not just about space, as all Evoque L models come with the R-Dynamic sports kit and 20-inch alloy wheels as standard. InControl OS 2.0 with a pair of 10.2-inch touchscreen displays makes finding your favorite music a breeze, but that's something that only front occupants can reach. Not that it really matters - reports say that the stretched Evoque will replace the regular model in China.
There has been no indication that this new model will make its way to other markets, but that's to be expected. For those in the region, the vehicle has already been made available for sale. Detailed pricing is not available, but the first release version costs 430,000 yuan, which works out to around $66,000. By comparison, our shorter version starts at a base price of $43,300 for the cheapest model, while the R-Dynamic version is a little pricier at $44,900. So although we miss out on more legroom, at least our Evoque is a tad more affordable.