First official pictures of Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque Convertible revealed.
Dubbed the “world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible”, its lightweight fabric hood stows in only 18 seconds, at speeds up to 30mph.
On sale from spring 2016, it will be priced from £47,500 for the TD4 HSE Dynamic model.
Combining the distinctive design of the Evoque with comprehensive with a sophisticated folding roof, Land Rover claims it’s created a “convertible for all seasons”.
Boasting space for four adults, a 251-litre boot, ski hatch, a new infotainment system with 10.2-inch touchscreen and Land Rover’s legenedary all-terrain capability, it’s the star of a brand new niche.
“Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a vehicle for all seasons,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer.
“Its uniquely distinctive design and world-class engineering adds another dimension to the Range Rover family, further enhancing its desirability and appeal.”
Land Rover says the global SUV market is forecast to grow by 20% over the next five years and the Evoque Convertible “will play a key role in continuing Range Rover’s 45-year success story, pioneering an all-new SUV sector”.
Safety hasn’t been overlooked with a Roll-Over Protection Device featuring special roll-over bars hidden in the rear bodywork.
The two aluminium bars are deplyed within 90 milliseconds in the unlikely event of a roll-over situation to create a survival space for occupants.
There’s a choice of Si4 petrol and Ingenium diesel engines available. The new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel is capable of up to 55mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 149g/km.
The new Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be produced at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK, alongside the five door and Coupé bodystyles, and will be sold in more than 170 markets worldwide.