Land Rover has officially revealed the bold looking Range Rover Evoque Convertible. This new model was first shown as a concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and it featured a soft-top roof with a glass rear screen tucked under a plastic cover located behind the rear seats.
As the fifth member of the Range Rover family and the first ever convertible, the Evoque convertible combines traditional Range Rover luxury with the distinctive appeal of a convertible vehicle. Of course, the retractable roof arrangement means that the Evoque Convertible is heavier than the regular three-door model.
The Evoque Convertible gets a fabric roof with a Z-fold mechanism for an uncluttered look when lowered. Land Rover claims the fabric roof is the longest and widest currently fitted to any vehicle on sale today. The fully-automated roof stows in 18 seconds and can be raised in 21 seconds, at speeds of up to 48kmph.
Inside, the Evoque Convertible gets a high-resolution 10.2-inch touchscreen with Jaguar Land Rover’s next-gen infotainment system and InControl Touch Pro which offers smartphone integration, door-to-door navigation, 3G connectivity and a premium sound system. In terms of safety, there’s a roll-over protection system featuring deployable roll-over bars hidden in the rear bodywork. It deploys two aluminium bars within 90milliseconds, in the case of a roll-over situation.
Land Rover is offering its full suite of lightweight, all-aluminium four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine options with the Evoque Convertible. As for its off-road ability, this soft-top model gets the same proven hardware as the Evoque five-door and three-door derivatives. A choice of four-wheel drive powertrains is combined with a 9-speed automatic transmission, Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, wade-sensing and all-terrain progress control.
The global SUV market is expected to grow by 20 per cent over the next five years and Land Rover says the Evoque Convertible will play a key role in the brand’s future expansion plans. The vehicle will be manufactured at the brand’s Halewood plant in the UK, alongside the five-door and three-door models and will go on sale next year across several global markets.