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
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
. 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.