At the Geneva Motor Show 2015, Land Rover has confirmed that the recently spied Range Rover Evoque Convertible will launch next year.
For now, no official details about the upcoming Range Rover Evoque Convertible are known with more pinned to be released by Land Rover later this year. What the British marque did confirm is that it will be built alongside the five door and coupe variants of the Evoque currently being produced at the Land Rover Halewood factory in the United Kingdom.
Alongside the confirmation of the car, Land Rover has released a clip of the very first prototype driving through the tunnels below the streets of London. The 26-mile network of Crossrail tunnels were used for a unique development test for the mule with engineers able to drop the prototype’s roof without the fear of being snapped by car spy photographers.
Discussing the adventure into the tunnels, director of Land Rover Programmes Murray Dietsch said, “The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory.”
“Land Rover officially confirms New Range Rover Evoque Convertible at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
Premium compact SUV convertible is the first vehicle to have driven Crossrail tunnels below London
First prototype demonstrates Land Rover capability in underground surroundings
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_Dx2rR2iRc
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.”