A number of car companies lay claim to inventing the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), but many people overlook the Land Rover – or even the Range Rover as being the one to really start the trend way back in 1972-1973. I remember watching TV when the Range Rover was first shown to the world and how the press went cock-a-hoop over the stylish and luxury version of the Land Rover – a vehicle that changed very little since the time man discovered fire. No one can dispute that the Range Rover defined and created the luxury version of what is now known as an SUV, and while many have tried to emulate the Range Rover – there is only one King of the Mountain when it comes to luxury and prowess that knows no bounds.
Range Rover and Land Rover are world-renowned for their tough, go-anywhere prowess and in some cases incredible reliability. From drug dealers to Rap stars to Royal families – this is the quintessential vehicle brand that defines status, yet at the same time it is used around the world as a work-horse on farms, estates and in the U.K. it’s the go-to vehicle for towing horses and other farm animals. The Range Rover Evoque is brand new and nothing like any other Range Rover or Land Rover ever built.
It’s been quite a while since I last drove a Ford Explorer, and since it’s recently been redesigned from the ground up in 2011, I thought I was long overdue to climb behind the wheel again. I’ve always liked the Explorer, but the new duds make it look quite unique – in fact, I’m sure you could replace the Ford badge with a Range Rover badge and people wouldn’t blink an eye. Especially from the rear … it looks like the RR Evoque.