Land Rover has officially revealed the Convertible version of its Range Rover Evoque, which has a fabric roof that lowers in 18 seconds. Sales will start from spring next year.
We knew that it would come and we had a taste of its presence in 2012 in a form of a concept design. Now, Range Rover Evoque marks a premiere in the SUV luxury compact segment with its Convertible model. Nothing major in design term has changed from the regular model, but what can be more dramatic than an open-top SUV?
Land Rover said that its designers carefully evaluated all possible convertible roof systems before opting for a Z-fold fabric roof from Webasto, the world leaders in automotive convertible roof systems. Evoke Convertible’s roof system lowers in 18 seconds and rises back in 21 seconds with a push of a button placed on the center console, with all windows being simultaneously raised or lowered. In addition, there is a rear wind deflector which can be installed between the rear three quarter trim panels. Available exclusively in Ebony Black, Evoque Convertible’s fabric roof has the ability to raise or lower at speeds of up to 48km/h and allows a 251-litre luggage capacity. On an open-top model, a roll-over safety system is mandatory. Evoque’s Roll-Over Protection Device features deployable roll-over aluminium bars hidden in the rear quarter panel which rises in 90 milliseconds in the unlikely event of a roll-over situation.
A new seat airbag system has also been developed. 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 extreme off-road situations. In terms of power units, the new Convertible is available with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine, petrol and diesel, both developing 240 PS. 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 2016 in more than 170 markets worldwide. The starting price in the UK is £47,500.
Via Land Rover