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You might figure that horse riding enthusiasts would be diametrically opposed to SUV drivers, but you'd be wrong. At least in the case of Zara Phillips. The British equestrian competitor has been a Land Rover brand ambassador for several years now, and was lucky enough to snub Victoria Bekham take delivery of the very first Range Rover Evoque this weekend.

The first model to roll off the production line, Philips' Evoque is a five-door in Stornaway Grey with a 2.2-liter diesel and six-speed automatic. The model's delivery took place at the Burghley Horse Trials, which is sponsored by Land Rover and where officials made use of a fleet of more than 60 vehicles from the legendary off-road marque.

That's horse power for you. And with 20,000 orders on the books, this is just the beginning. Follow the jump to watch footage of the delivery and for the official press release.



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ZARA PHILLIPS RECEIVES FIRST RANGE ROVER EVOQUE

Land Rover ambassador Zara Phillips is the first person to take delivery of a new Range Rover Evoque. Ms Phillips drove away the 5-door Stornaway Grey Evoque from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, where she was competing this weekend.

Land Rover UK Marketing Director, Laura Schwab showed Zara around her new car and said "Zara has been excited about the new Evoque ever since we revealed the first pictures over a year ago and indeed she was one of the very first people to order one."

We have a huge presence at Burghley this year, with over 60 Land Rover vehicles in action at the event. It therefore seemed fitting that our first Evoque handover took place here."

On receiving the keys to the new Evoque, Zara said: "I've grown up around Land Rovers and have been an ambassador for the brand for several years – I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of my new Evoque. It looks absolutely fantastic and I am delighted to be the first person in the UK to take delivery of one."

The Range Rover Evoque officially enters UK showrooms this week but is already proving a hit with customers. Land Rover has received over 20,000 pre-orders worldwide with 6,000 of these in the UK. Special Evoque launch events will be taking place at Land Rover dealerships throughout the UK on Thursday 8 September with customers taking delivery of their vehicles from Friday onwards.

Zara was handed the keys to a 5-Door Range Rover Evoque in Stornaway Grey, with a 2.2 litre Diesel engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, panoramic sunroof and features including park assist, blind spot monitoring and a surround camera system.

Zara was competing at the Burghley Horse Trials, which is being sponsored by Land Rover for the seventh year running. Over 60 Land Rovers were used by Competition officials, fence judges and medical teams. Zara is one of the UK's leading equestrian figures and has been a Land Rover brand ambassador since 2006.


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      Diseno-art.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just a minor point. But she's better known for being the Queen of England's granddaughter than being a horse rider.
      Raghu
      • 3 Years Ago
      You do realize that is Prince William and Harry's first cousin don't you? You would think a royal has some (a little) more cred than just any old horse rider.
      bambame34
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm kind of confused now... I saw a reddish orange one on my route to work about 2 weeks ago. It was going through downtown livermore (california).
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Follow-on story... Land Rover recalls first Evoque from a horseback rider
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      How ironic, a horse rider with horse teeth...
      Anthony Carpenter
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure the horse is more reliable.
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      She's pretty but I wouldn't date her, she would be too stuck up, specially getting a 70k car for free, can you imagine how dinner would go?
        Hi SOBE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        She is the queen's granddaughter, what did you expected?
          Andrew
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hi SOBE
          Where does it say this? I didn't read that anywhere. I think you are lying!
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Brilliant way to judge someone you don't even know.
        phunkyphoxx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        She's pretty? What have you been smoking? Look at her jaw man. Her teeth are aligned in the same way as her horses teeth.
        MrWhopee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Wouldn't you be stuck up to if you can call the Queen of England "grandmother"? Actually shes seems to be pretty down to earth for who she is. I suppose dinner would had to be pretty impressive for someone used to dining at the Buckingham Palace or Balmoral castle other royal residences.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      British equestrian competitor = One of the "idle rich" with so much cash that they can throw away 7 figures on a hobby where you ride horsies and fraternize with other idle rich. Hey, what else are you gonna do, Oprah's only on a couple hours a day. On the plus side, at least she'll have some way to get around while her Land Rover sits in the service bay at the local dealer.
        ijardine
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        I don't usually defend "Royalty", but I think I should point out that this individual, ZP, raises all her own external sponsors to fund her equestrian activities. By heading a properly run small business she stands apart from and head and shoulders above other members of "Royalty" in her succesful endeavours.
        Danielle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        pffffttttttt. If you think Dressage competitors just jump on and play horsie and then spend the rest of their time snobbing around with other rich people you'd be dead wrong. Most upper level riders/trainers campaign horses for someone else, they don't actually own the horse. Competing in Dressage is year round, week long, day in and day out hard work riding, training and preparing the horse for show. It takes years to develop the trust and relationship between horse and rider that you need to compete and win. That's not counting working with the vet, farrier, dealing with nutrition and keeping the horse sound and fit. It's even more work if the horse is actually owned by you.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      *Gasp* What!? Victoria Beckham is probably in a fit of rage knowing she will not be the first to drive one of these down Beverly Hills Blvd in one of these while making duckface for the Paparazzi.
      LJSearles
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that a photo of the horse?
      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do manufacturers hate windows so much?
        Umer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Probably the reflections. I can't think of anything else
      tkmtika
      • 3 Years Ago
      im suprsed nobody mention she's the queen of Britains granddaughter (& 1st cousin of prince william) & her hubby is the former captain of te english rugby (like american football, but more violent & without protective gear bar shinpads). also seeing new concepts aint that much of a hoot. the gym i go to is litterally a 2-3 minute walk away from vauxhall's main headquarters & i regulalrly see uncamoflaged amperas going out and about, along with astra gtc's
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