Land Rover has decided to release some camouflaged images of the new droptop Evoque ahead of its debut this fall. In it, we can see the compact, off-road, luxury convertible testing on the trails of Eastnor Castle, one of the British brand's favorite haunts. Not surprisingly, the smallest Range Rover appears to acquit itself well, showing off impressive fording ability. Of course, we'll wait until we can actually drive it, both on and off road, before giving our final opinion.
Despite the camouflage, it's clear that Land Rover hasn't made any crazy changes to the sheetmetal when compared to the standard version. The Evoque cabrio looks identical to the hardtop, although above the beltline, the windshield looks to have a more aggressive rake. We also have no idea what impact the convertible roof will have on the profile or visibility.
Aside from showing off the new Evoque Convertible on the trails, Land Rover also confirmed that it'd debut this November, at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, before hitting dealers in the spring of 2016. Check out the photos released by Land Rover at the top of the page, and then be sure to scroll down for a video and a look at the official press release.
- Bold new Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the world's first luxury compact SUV convertible
- Exclusive film captures final stage of testing at Land Rover's challenging all-terrain proving ground
- Full suite of advanced on- and off-road technologies showcased
- The Convertible for all Seasons will be revealed in November and on sale Spring 2016
(WHITLEY, U.K.) - October 4, 2015 - The All-New Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be the most capable convertible in the world when it debuts in November after completing Land Rover's punishing development and testing program with flying colors.
Hot on the heels of last week's London takeover, where six full-scale wireframe sculptures showcased Evoque Convertible's elegant design at a series of iconic locations, Land Rover has released a film showcasing its all-terrain credentials.
The footage, released today, shows the world's first luxury compact SUV convertible completing the final phase of testing at Land Rover's legendary Eastnor Castle estate, in Herefordshire, UK. The film demonstrates how Land Rover's engineers have rigorously tested the four-wheel drive Convertible to ensure it delivers customary all-terrain capability.
Mike Cross, Land Rover Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, said, "Land Rover prides itself on being a class leader when it comes to all-terrain capability and the Evoque Convertible is no different. Thanks to a combination of innovative engineering and the application of advanced technologies, Evoque Convertible will deliver a dynamic and assured SUV experience that has been tested around the world. We call it 'The Convertible for all Seasons'."
Land Rover confirmed plans to launch a highly desirable convertible derivative of its multi award-winning Range Rover Evoque at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. The bold addition to the range has just completed its extensive development program and continues Land Rover's tradition for creating and leading new market segments.
Travelling the globe, Evoque Convertible has proved its capability and durability in a series of demanding tests before undergoing final sign-off at the famous Eastnor Castle Estate, where all Range Rovers have been put through their paces for the last 45 years.
Launching in November and making its public debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, Evoque Convertible will be on sale in key markets from Spring 2016.