This is the five-door version of the Range Rover Evoque, revealed ahead of its LA motor show debut. While the original LRX concept was a three-door “coupe”, translated into the Evoque that was unveiled at the recent Paris show, Land Rover needed this five-door variant to widen appeal and sales to include families.

“While retaining everything that’s great about the Range Rover Evoque coupé, this new 5-Door bodystyle will offer customers even more choice, greater practicality, versatility and flexibility. The launch of the Evoque in 2011 will expand and revitalise the global appeal of the Range Rover marque,” said Land Rover MD Phil Popham.

Although the 5dr gets two extra doors and a more capacious interior, it has not been achieved by enlarging the compact footprint of the 3dr. Overall length and width remain identical, meaning that this car is still 432 mm shorter than a Range Rover Sport. Many of the body panels are also shared, including the aluminium roof pressing, although it’s set 30 mm higher here and the slope to the rear is not so great.

Besides their own doors, rear passengers also benefit from over 50 mm more shoulder room. A full-sized panoramic roof enhances the sensation of space.

Land Rover says that the 5dr Evoque provides the versatility and luggage space of a compact station wagon. The rear seats have 60/40 folding seat squabs and come with ISOFIX mounts. When required, luggage capacity can be expanded to a substantial 1,445 litres.

The engine lineup is shared with the 3dr. Buyers can choose between two updated 2.2L turbodiesels (190 PS or 150 PS) or a new 240 PS, 2.0L Si4 petrol engine. The latter combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing.

Click here to read about the 3dr Evoque and here to see our live gallery from Paris. There are also some HD videos here. Images of the 5dr is after the jump.

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