The insulated top has been designed to maintain the tin-top's profile when up. It folds in the shape of a "Z," like the top on a Porsche 911 Cabriolet, so that the forward section of the roof looks like a tonneau cover when it is stowed. Behind it, there's a small spoiler on the rear edge to manage airflow. The top goes down in 18 seconds and comes back up in 21 seconds, and can be operated at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. There's seating for 4 but only 8.9 cubic feet of storage in the cargo area to split between them, because convertibles and luggage don't mix. The hardtop Evoque coupe offers 19.4 cubes of storage.
Debuting on this vehicle is the next generation of Jaguar-Land Rover's In Control Touch Pro infotainment system. It boasts a 10.2-inch screen and comes standard. Up front there's the 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine that powers the entire range, coupled to a nine-speed transmission. The Evoque convertible goes on sale in the middle of next year in two trims, SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic, and will start at $51,470, assuming the same $995 destination charge the automaker applies to its other models.
There a bunch of videos below, followed by a press release and a high-res gallery. We'll see it at the LA Auto Show next week, and perhaps seeing it in person will help cleanse all memories of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.
- Design retains distinctive profile with roof up or down
- Lightweight roof stows in 18 seconds, at speeds up to 30mph
- Space for four adults, 8.9-cu. ft. (251-liter) cargo area
- Available ski hatch option allows easy through loading
- Standard Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system with 10.2-inch touch-screen
- Features 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive
- On sale mid-2016, in SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic derivatives
- Priced from $50,475
(MAHWAH, N.J.) – November 8, 2015 - Land Rover has unveiled its first compact convertible SUV against the backdrop of the University of the Arts' famous Central Saint Martins building in Granary Square, Kings Cross, London. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible combines the bold design and refinement of the Range Rover Evoque with a sophisticated folding roof to create a versatile, all-season convertible SUV.
As the newest member of the Range Rover family this highly desirable model combines traditional Range Rover luxury with an elegant four-seat convertible design and versatile storage while simultaneously meeting the rigorous standards set by the Land Rover brand; ensuring superior structural rigidity, trademark refinement, and unrivalled breadth of capability both on- and off-road.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, commented, "The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a vehicle for all seasons. Its uniquely distinctive design and world-class engineering add another dimension to the Range Rover family, further enhancing its desirability and appeal."
The global Land Rover SUV market is forecast to grow by 20 percent over the next five years1 and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will play a key role in continuing the 45-year Range Rover success story.
The eye-catching exterior design of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is made possible by a sophisticated fabric roof shaped to create a defined silhouette that remains faithful to the vehicle's original award-winning design. Its Z-fold mechanism lays flush with the rear bodywork for a sleek, uncluttered appearance when lowered.
The fully-automated roof stows in 18 seconds, and can be raised in 21 seconds, at speeds up to 30mph3. When closed, it provides high standards of refinement with a layer of acoustic insulation ensuring interior comfort on par with the five-door Range Rover Evoque. The 8.9-cu. ft. (251-liter) luggage space offers added practicality.
At the heart of the cabin is an all-new, 10.2-inch touch-screen featuring the next generation Jaguar Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system. Making its debut for the Land Rover brand on the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, InControl Touch Pro offers seamless smartphone integration and is available with door-to-door navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity and a premium sound system2.
Providing additional driver protection, a roll-over protection system is hidden within the rear bodywork. In the event of a roll-over situation, the system is designed to deploy two aluminum bars within 90 milliseconds to create a potential protection space for occupants4.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is underpinned by the all-terrain capability expected of all Land Rover vehicles and uses the same advanced technologies as the Range Rover Evoque five-door and coupe derivatives. The standard all-wheel drive system works with the vehicle's 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and Terrain Response® system to ensure the Range Rover Evoque Convertible retains its capability in a variety of conditions, on- and off-road, in all seasons4.
The new Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be produced at the Land Rover Halewood plant in the UK, alongside the five door and coupe body styles, and goes on sale from mid-2016 in more than 170 markets worldwide.
1 Based on May 2015 IHS Forecast.
2 Do not use Land Rover InControl® features under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control.
3 Always follow local speed limits.
4 These systems are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these systems will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult the owner's manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details.
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About Land Rover
Land Rover, the British maker of Land Rover and Range Rover sport utility vehicles, is renowned for providing its clientele with some of the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world. Every Land Rover vehicle is equally at home both on and off road, and in any setting; be it in the heart of the city, or traversing the countryside. Today's Land Rover lineup includes the Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque and LR4 (Discovery 4). Land Rover designs, engineers, and manufactures their vehicles in the United Kingdom. Land Rover is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information visit the official Land Rover website at http://www.landroverusa.com.
About Jaguar Land Rover
• The United States is one of the leading global markets for both Jaguar and Land Rover
• Jaguar Land Rover employs 32,000 people and sells vehicles in 170 countries around the world
• Jaguar Land Rover has two state of the art engineering and design facilities and four advanced manufacturing plants in the UK
• Headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey in the United States, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has offices across the USA
• Jaguar Land Rover is represented by more than 330 independently operated retail outlets in the USA