Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Range Rover Evoque Convertible image

The open-top version of the stylish Range Rover Evoque comes with a unique feature in the segment, a fabric roof that lowers in 18 seconds.

Bringing to market the premium Evoque compact SUV was an instant hit for the British brand, as it quickly became the fastest-selling and most successful Land Rover ever produced, and also the quickest model to reach the half-a-million-unit production landmark. The automaker decided the model needs to be posher and thus it became Convertible as well and also the world’s first luxury compact SUV cabrio. Land Rover said that its designers carefully evaluated all possible convertible roof systems before opting for a Z-fold fabric roof from Webasto, the leaders in automotive open-top systems.

Evoque Convertible’s roof lowers in just 18 seconds and rises in 21 seconds when the roof button on the centre console is pressed. It also allows all four windows to be simultaneously raised or lowered for maximum convenience. In addition, a rear wind deflector can be quickly fitted between the rear three quarter trim panels. The fabric roof design advantages include reduced weight and an improved centre of gravity, the brand claims, and the ability to raise or lower the roof at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h), while the 251-litre luggage capacity has not been altered.

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All Range Rover Evoque Convertible models feature fixed twin rear seats, with a central bolster, and revised quarter trim speakers. For the passenger’s safety, a roll-over protection system hidden in the rear quarter panel deploys two aluminium bars in 90 milliseconds in the unlikely event of a roll-over situation. Furthermore, the front seats now include a combined thorax and head airbag to offer the same level of protection as the Coupe version, with a combination of various electronic systems that ensure the airbags or roll-over hoops do not deploy in case the driver decides to do some extreme off-roading.

With a starting price in the UK of 47,500 pounds, the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be produced at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK, alongside the five door and Coupe bodystyles, and will go on sale from spring in more than 170 markets worldwide.