From the time when all we had were rumors of a Range Rover Evoque convertible, to the grainy spy shots of said topless SUV in some English alley, to the time it rolled out on the floor of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, nothing could keep people from asking, "Is this really happening?"

To be fair, there were a number who asked in anticipation, enthused about the prospect of getting both a commanding driving position and wide open sky in a more toothsome package than the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Nevertheless, the number wasn't enough to recommend the concept for production: A report in Car and Driver says the prospects aren't "as bright as we were led to believe when the crossover cabrio debuted," and that instead an Evoque with a panoramic roof that opens is a better bet.

Elsewhere in the rapidly evolving Land Rover line-up, platform harmonization and more cowbell aluminum is the way forward. From the recent use of four platforms supporting six vehicles, there will soon be only two: the EUCD architecture for the LR2 and Evoque; all else will be built on a modified version of the D7 platform created for the new Range Rover. That puts not only variants like the Chinese-market long-wheelbase Range Rover in the aluminum game, but also models like the next Defender and LR4. That latter model is expected to bow next year, the Defender might need more time while the design department moves on from the DC100, which wasn't warmly received.


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      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I don't think an Evoque convertible would be something I would buy, I do think there is definitely a market for open air SUVs/CUVs. Years ago we had options like the Bronco, Blazer, Ram Charger, Trail Duster, Land Cruiser, Suzuki Samurai, Hummer H1, the Jeep Wrangler, and even a handful of Land Rover Defenders. Now if you want an SUV/CUV without a roof you're stuck with the Wrangler or the Marano.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul P.
        EXACTLY! It's funny, because anytime I point this out on Autoblog, the downvotes start pouring in. Amazing how people have such an issue with facts. :) Open top SUVs/CUVs used to be quite prevalent and people loved them. Why the animosity towards them nowadays is completely beyond me.
        jessesrq
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul P.
        It is the perfect adult choice for those who grew up driving old VW Cabrios to the beach. RR could offer an OC edition, with a surf board carrier, and totally market this to wealthy California beach "bums". RR has an appeal that Nissan could never muster, so the failure of the Cross Cabriolet is no indicator of this Evoque's commercial appeal.
      akitadog
      • 1 Year Ago
      This morning, I saw a pristine RR Evoque in its natural habitat... on the back of a flatbed towtruck.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why wouldn't they make this, wouldn't every single little rich high school girl want this and maybe their mom's too? This is their dream car.
        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Wouldn't they really prefer some of their mom's other toys better?
      Leather Bear
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, at least this solve the outward visibility problem that plagues the tin-top versions. I sat in one of those at the local auto show last fall, and I felt like an extra in a ZZ Top video.
      Andyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Years back many of us drove around in open Land Rovers and Jeeps, what's the difference? Despite what journalists might waffle on about this was a cool idea, a niche car that I am sure would have found buyers. Come on, give different a chances, open you roof and open your mind. Now I am waiting for a open top F150...how cool would that be?
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andyz
        The thing is the people buying a Murano may not be able to afford a convertible, anyone buying an Evoque can definitely afford that upgrade.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      I Had a 2 door Isuzu Amigo Convertible and loved dropping the top on it. I miss a good looking convertible SUV. The 80's and 90's were full of them and then they died out. This looks 100x better than the Marano could ever dream to look.
      SatinSheetMetal
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idO3VjT8sjk Guess what! I got a fever, and the only prescription, is more cowbell. I gotta have more cowbell baby!
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks great topless, to bad. But, I am sure there are many tuner companies that will offer the SUV Topless.
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      Felipe Politano
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't it ironic to see a Ford badge reflected on that protype's door?
      Nowuries
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is beyond ugly... almost as bad as that Murano thing...
      Redline
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is more horrifying than the burning Miura.
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