Though few details were disclosed along with the announcement, the idea is pretty straightforward: take one Range Rover Evoque, give it a folding fabric roof, sit back and have a drink. The production version is slated to go on sale next year.
The Evoque Convertible will join a rather niche segment, taking the place vacated by the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, but more upscale, as a drop-top SUV less rugged than the likes of the Jeep Wrangler or Land Rover's own Defender.
To mark the announcement, Land Rover released some photos and video footage of the Evoque Convertible driving through the Crossrail tunnels being built underneath London – mimicking the launch of the original Evoque's launch in the Edge Hill Tunnel in Liverpool back in 2011.
- 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.