- By Sergio Braston
- Published 05/29/2012
The design, technology and capability of Land Rover’s current model range, such as the Defender, Evoque and Discovery, has been reflected in the brand’s emphatic success in the 2012 Diesel Car Awards.
The Range Rover Evoque added the magazine’s ‘Best Crossover’ and overall ‘Car of the Year’ titles to its exceptional tally of 112 worldwide honours. The judges acclaimed Evoque as, “stunning to look at and stunning to drive…a car that is instantly a classic”.
Ian Robertson, Diesel Car editor, said: “Already an icon, the Evoque combines stunning design and brilliant engineering to great effect.”
While Evoque claimed the ultimate prize, the Land Rover Discovery 4 demonstrated the diverse capability of Land Rover design and engineering by taking the ‘Best 4×4 Award’ for the third successive year. No challenger has yet to do better than the Land Rover, which has occupied the top spot ever since it was launched, and is described by the magazine as “everything you could possibly want in a car”.
With a nod to the recently completed ‘Journey of Discovery’ in which the 1,000,000th Discovery was driven over 10,000 miles in 50 days, Robertson added: “Land Rover’s continent crosser reigns supreme as the world’s most completely clever 4×4.”
Consolidating Land Rover’s achievements, the Range Rover took the runners-up position behind Discovery 4 in the ‘Best 4×4’ category.
Land Rover UK marketing Director, Laura Schwab said: “We are delighted that Range Rover Evoque continues to set standards for design, engineering and performance right around the world.
“With the lowest CO2 figure of any Land Rover of 129g / km, from the efficient 2.2 eD4 diesel engine, this latest award from Diesel Car Magazine is a further demonstration of Land Rover’s continuous focus on technology and customer requirements.
“Moreover, the continuing success of Discovery 4 in these awards and the high praise for Range Rover represent a valuable, independent judgement on Land Rover’s across-the-board approach to delivering the highest standards throughout its model range.”
The Range Rover Evoque featuring Land Rover’s powerful yet efficient 2.2 litre diesel engine is available in SD4 190 hp, TD4 150 hp and in eD4 two-wheel drive 150 hp guise, while the Discovery 4 benefits from a 3.0 litre SDV6 advanced sequential turbo diesel engine producing 255 hp and 600Nm of torque. The Range Rover is powered by the 4.4 litre TDV8 twin sequential turbo charged diesel engine delivering 313 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
About the Author: Sergio Braston is a fan of the Defender