Well, here it is – the all new Range Rover Evoque Convertible – the world’s first premium badge SUV crossover convertible. It’s got four seats, a five layer fabric roof that works when you’re driving up to 30mph, a decent 251 litre boot, comes in both petrol and diesel flavours, and you can take it off road.
We said previously, it looks a little (very) odd – but this is sure to turn plenty of heads. The eye-catching exterior is made possible by a sophisticated fabric roof that’s been shaped to remain faithful to the proper-roofed version. Don’t be led on though – this is more than just a regular Evoque without a roof – almost 280kg of additional strengthening has been added to the body, with extra reinforcement in the floor and windscreen.
The fully-automated roof stows away in 18 seconds, and can be raised in 21 seconds. When it’s closed, Land Rover say it provides high standards of refinement and acoustic insulation on par with a regular roofed Evoque. And it won’t affect loadspace – 251 litres being enough to go unrivalled for any convertible.
“The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a symbol of refinement, luxury and creative design. It’s perfectly suited to the urban surroundings of London. The Evoque’s elegant design proportions lend themselves to the creation of a Convertible, and it’s fitting to reveal the vehicle against the backdrop of one of the world’s leading centres for art and design education here in the creative hub of London.” – Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director & Chief Creative Officer
What else is new?
The centrepiece of the luxury cabin is the all-new 10.2-inch(!) touchscreen with the new InControl Touch Pro system – said to be highly responsive and super-fast, with seamless smartphone integration, navigation, 3G connectivity, and a premium sound system.
Safety hasn’t been overlooked – deployable roll-over bars are hidden in the rear bodywork, which deploys two aluminium bars within 90 milliseconds in the event you roll-over.
Brilliant. When can I get one?
Spring 2016. Cost hasn’t been confirmed as yet, but you can expect it to be priced a bit more than the equivalent HSE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic Lux Evoque Coupes that come with a solid roof.
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