If the concept Evoque Land Rover has presented at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show can be considered a promise, we can say the company does not let them down. Even if it takes a while to fulfill them, as the official presentation of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible will take place three years after the idea was first presented. And it will happen in the best place possible for cabriolet versions, the LA Auto Show. Check it out below. In motion.
The new car is around 270 kg heavier than the hard top version, due to the structural reinforcements it had to receive and also to the deployable roll-over bars installed behind the back seats. It is important to stress this is not an ordinary convertible, but an SUV, what makes the body reinforcements fundamental for a good road behavior. Some extra weight to avoid the “shoebox with no cover” effect. In other words, that awful body twists lousy convertible models present.
The idea seems to be perfect: why not create a popular convertible version of a popular car body? It would sell like hot cakes, in theory. In the real world, it the Evoque Convertible manages to sell well, it will be the first convertible SUV to achieve the goal. Most attempts so far, such as the Nissan Murano Convertible, have not succeeded.
One of the advantages of the Land Rover is that it is very good looking. Its fully-automated cloth roof can be retreated in only 18 seconds, while it can be raised back in only 21 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
Able to tow objects up to 1,500 kg, the new Evoque Convertible is said to have kept full off-road capabilities, as any proper Land Rover should.
The new convertible will only be available in two trim options, the upscale Dynamic and Dynamic HSE, equipped with the 2.0 turbo petrol Si4 engine, supplied by Ford and able to deliver 177 kW, and the 2.0 aluminum turbodiesel TD4 Ingenium, created by Land Rover itself, which provides 132 kW.
Sales in the UK will begin in the spring of 2016 starting at £47,500. In the USA, sales will begin in the summer, with prices for the entry level version at US$50,475.