Zara Phillips w/ First Range Rover Evoque

We’re still a few weeks away from October when retail deliveries begin here in the U.S., but the first 2012 Range Rover Evoque has been delivered in the UK. The lucky recipient was Land Rover ambassador Zara Phillips. Land Rover brand ambassadors are influential individuals working in fashion, design, art, sports, music, TV, and film who help Land Rover get the message out about the company’s products and other initiatives. Phillips has been a brand ambassador since 2006.

Phillips’ new Evoque is a Stornoway Grey (not unlike Orkney Grey) five-door with a 2.2-liter diesel engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Phillips took delivery of the Evoque at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials where she was competing. This is Land Rover’s seventh year as sponsor of the Trials, where over 60 Land Rover vehicles were used during the high-profile equestrian event.

According to Land Rover UK marketing director Laura Schwab, Phillips was one of the first to order an Evoque. Being royalty probably didn’t hurt her chances of being bumped a few notches to the front of the list. Phillips is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.

“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,” said Phillips.

  The rest of the UK will get their shot on Thursday, when the Evoque officially goes on sale.

Zara Phillips w/ First Range Rover Evoque

[via Land Rover]

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