British media is reporting the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet will go on sale sometime this year and should cost around £45,000.

British media is reporting the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet will go on sale sometime this year and should cost around £45,000.

It was at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show when Land Rover introduced the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet concept but without any word about a production version. However, a spy image depicting a prototype emerged on the web last month, thus indicating the Evoque is about to lose its fixed metal roof to replace it with a retractable fabric soft top. It is believed Land Rover didn't give the model the green light right away because they wanted to thoroughly analyze the model's business case as the report suggests there weren't any issues regarding engineering the car which could have delayed its launch.

Chances are the car will be shown in production specification at the end of June during the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a design that will closely mirror the concept. It will boast a roll-over protection system clever enough not to activate during off-roading, but most likely very few open-air Evoques will actually leave the tarmac.

The report also mentions Land Rover through its Special Vehicle Operations division could be cooking up a high-performance Evoque that could wear the SVR badge in the same vein as the Range Rover Sport SVR.

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