Yes, a convertible SUV – all that wind in your hair experience, sense of freedom and the likes in a sturdier, 4×4 package. For the most part of automotive history, open top motoring was an exclusive privilege of sportscars and sedans. But now, say hello to the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
Land Rover has now officially confirmed that the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible will roll off the production line. The concept was showcased at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and the year 2016 will mark the beginning of sales of the production Evoque Convertible.
Land Rover will release details of the drop top SUV later. As of now, it appears that the company has chopped off the stylish roof of the standard Evoque and replaced it with a fabric one. The structure is beefed up to counter the ill-effects of taking the roof off and roll over hoops are added for occupant protection. Along with the announcement, Land Rover has released images of the Evoque Convertible driving though Crossrail tunnels underneath London.
The Range Rover Evoque convertible does look fetching even in this test car garb. Suddenly, the wait for the 2016 launch seems too long!
RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE REVEALED TESTING AT EUROPE’S LARGEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
|Whitley, UK, 02 March 2015 – Land Rover has confirmed the world’s first premium compact SUV convertible will go on sale in 2016 by releasing a unique underground testing film.
Forty metres below the streets of London, the first prototype of Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque Convertible was granted exclusive access to the 26-mile network of Crossrail tunnels for a development test with a difference. Engineers were allowed the opportunity to drive the disguised Evoque Convertible with its roof lowered in complete privacy.
The short film begins with the highly-capable convertible being lowered into the tunnel network by crane, before negotiating a range of obstacles through the 6.2 metre diameter tunnel.
Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes said: “The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory.”
The Range Rover Evoque is no stranger to subterranean adventure. At its launch in 2011 the five-door variant was driven through Edge Hill Tunnel in Liverpool, the first tunnel in the world to be bored beneath a major city.
Land Rover will announce further details about its exclusive new premium compact SUV Convertible later this year. It will be built alongside the five door and coupe Evoque at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK and will be on sale in 2016.