Land Rover dealers will get a boost from this March when an ultra-efficient version of the Range Rover Evoque reaches showrooms.
The new front-wheel drive derivative links 56mpg combined fuel efficiency with low tailpipe emissions of 133g/km CO2 for optimum operating costs.
Land Rover won only 500 registrations last year with a front-wheel drive version of the Freelander, but it expects to soon get a grip on the important sub-segment.
This £27,955 lead-in Evoque has limited capabilities for extreme off-roading, but inherits a surprising degree of the go-anywhere abilities of its 4x4 sister cars as ESP traction control helps it tackle slippery surfaces with confidence.
High ground clearance gives it the 500mm wading depth of 4x4 versions.
Dispensing with rear drivetrain components gives the car a 75kg weight advantage to make the lower-output eD4 engine a smooth, quiet and lively performer with a high sixth gear for refined cruising.
Even the entry-level Pure five-door offers an inviting, high comfort environment bolstered by generous equipment.