Evoque Convertible Paves the Brave New World of Land Rover
This is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible, and while that certainly is a mouthful to say, you can’t say this isn’t a sharp looking SUV. The big question is, will people go for a convertible SUV? When one says “convertible SUV,” a few different options might come to mind. The Jeep Wrangler is a notable one, so is the Evoque’s ancestor, the Land Rover Defender (if you remove its hard top), but there is also the largely forgotten Nissan CrossCabrio. So the notion of a CUV convertible is not always a slam dunk. But the Evoque Convertible appears to pull it off as Land Rover puts on a demonstration of how automakers can push design limits. RELATED: See more images of the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The Evoque Convertible was first seen as a concept in 2012. Like that concept, the production model is based on the four-passenger, three-door Evoque Coupe. As the top will now cut off the rear hatch halfway through, it has been replaced with a tailgate. This is similar to that of the Mini Cooper Convertible, and the lower half of the rear hatch system on the standard Range Rover. The roof deploys in 21 seconds and folds at away in just 18 seconds. It can either open or close at speeds up to 30 mph.
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Under the hood is a four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 240 horsepower. Power is sent to standard all-wheel drive, which you can toggle from the Terrain-Response system located in the center console. Above that dial is the 10.2-inch screen that is home to the InControl Touch Pro Infotainment system.
The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible will start at $50,475 when it goes on sale mid-2016.
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