Jeremy Clarkson was right! Land Rover will officially release the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept at the Geneva Auto Salon 2012. The Evoque Convertible Concept will ‘explore the potential for the world’s first premium convertible SUV’ with a decision on whether to produce a production version being taken in the weeks that follow.
Obviously, if they were to build it, it would be offered in the same specification as the normal Evoque. This would mean a two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive option with both the 2.0 liter I4 petrol engine rated at 240hp and the 2.2 liter I4 diesel rated at 150hp. Land Rover engineers say that taking the roof off would only add around 75kg’s to the Evoque’s 1,670kg weight.
Land Rover have already built 50,000 Evoques with orders for another 60,000. The Convertible features a fully retractable roof with roll-over protection. Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern said:
The Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. This study is not a traditional convertible design execution
Retractable hardtop roof or soft-top ?