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.
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.