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Range Rover Evoque is back in black


WHEN the Range Rover Evoque burst onto the local scene, its styling and class made it an instant success. Now a special Black Edition version of the svelte SUV has been introduced in South Africa, taking the stylish persona of the compact all-roader to a new level.

Just 30 of these very distinctive cross-roaders will be available, all built to the Dynamic 5-dr specification level with a choice of the beefy, 177kW Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine or the hearty SD4 2.2-litre turbo-diesel rated at 140kW and mated to a six-speed transmission.

Apart from the colour palette of Santorini Black, Orkney Grey or Fuji White, further stand-out features of the Black Edition are wide, 20-inch tall, glossy black-forged (rather than merely cast) nine-spoke alloy wheels and the Santorini Black contrast roof. Upper strata street cred gets ratcheted up further still thanks to darkened front headlamps and fog lamps while the rear lamps of the Black Edition models are similarly unique and have clear lenses.

A sporty tailgate spoiler is standard and is Santorini Black across the board, as are the exhaust tips. At the other end there’s more colour coding of the same hue and the front valance and grille are Santorini Black. Finally, in the last phase of removing any bright-metal finishes is the use of Santorini Black for bonnet and tailgate script.

The Evoque’s bold countenance and distinctive profile with tapered roofline have become familiar since the nameplate arrived on South African soil. It boasts all the signature Range Rover design cues, including the clamshell bonnet, the floating roof and the solid wheel-at-each-corner stance.

The new Range Rover Evoque Black Edition will retail from R670 100.

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