The svelte style of a luxurious two-door with the design language and proven appeal of Land Rover’s top model.

This year’s Paris Motor Show featured a number of headline-stealing premieres that sent ripples across the automotive landscape.

This doesn’t happen often. An automaker holds an event and shows up with not one, not two, not three, but four all-new cars that could each make a legitimate claim to being the brand’s halo model.

Perched on the northwestern edge of the Grand Canyon, with our new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover dwarfed by 250-million-year-old salmon-to-rust-coloured rock formations, we may as well be on another planet.

Like all Land Rover Expeditions, the Catalonian Escape provides mostly city-dwellers (Land Rover owners or not) the opportunity to encounter a challenging outdoor environment with a luxurious approach.

The fully optioned Land Rover LR3 HSE model in MCL Motor Cars’ Vancouver showroom, more or less identical to one in Woodbridge, is tagged at $74,300. Add Ottawa and Victoria’s tithes and the dealer-delivery fee, and you’ll need $86,318.50 to get its 19-inch alloy wheels turning.