Certainly one of the biggest premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2015 is this; the 2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Based around the facelifted Evoque, the drop-top is unlike any other SUV on the market. With its versatility in mind and the unique styling, we were prompted to see it in the flesh.

While drop-top SUVs and crossovers are a rarity these days, Range Rover does have expertise in this field and has drawn on this in developing the Evoque Convertible. The car is unsurprisingly based around the three-door Evoque and uses the same chassis. However, due to the additional strengthening measures employed, most notably with stronger A-pillars, underbody bracing and roll-over bars, the Evoque Convertible weighs 270 kg more than the hardtop.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible  side view

At launch, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be offered with two engines across Europe. The entry-level model comes fitted with the Ingenium 2.0-litre TD4 diesel engine delivering 178 hp and most importantly, returning 5.1-litres per 100 km and just 149 g/km of CO2 emissions. Additionally, a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is offered in Europe, and the sole engine in North America, with 240 hp on tap and mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels.

For more about the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, see our previous post. For more from the Los Angeles Auto Show 2015, see our dedicated news channel.

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