If bold, brawny and beautiful needs a form, then Land Rover has just made that possible with the unveil of the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible. The bold new offering from the British automaker, Land Rover intends to succeed where no man has gone before by offering a convertible version of its extremely popular SUV. Based on the 2016 edition version, the Evoque Convertible is pegged as the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible to ever go on sale. We mean ever! Nobody thought of that before.
Usually seen on its 5-door guise, the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible makes do with two doors while the hard top has been swapped with a fabric unit. The soft top closes in a Z-shaped design and is stowed by the cabin and closes within 18 seconds and can be raised in 21 seconds at speeds up to 50 kmph. Land Rover also suggests that with the roof up, the Evoque convertible’s cabin has the same acoustic insulation levels as the 5-door version. Now, convertibles aren’t really known for their luggage carrying capabilities and same is the case with the Evoque.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible has its boot capacity reduced to 251-litres instead of 420-litres seen on the regular model while the tailgate is replaced with a small trunk-like door. Save for the absence of the roof, the Evoque does not get any visual changes over the regular model with the new LED DRLs, revised grille and bumper giving a sharp look to the funky styled SUV. The interiors also remain the same but Land Rover has introduced the new high-resolution 10.2-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system that offers smartphone integration and is available with door-to-door navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity and a premium sound system2.
Power on the 2017 Range Rover Evoque will come from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 240 PS on tap while diesel power will come from a 2.0-litre TD4 Ingenium oil burner with 180 PS on offer. The ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission ensures quick shifts on both engine options. However, there have been structural changes to the SUV that now gets stronger A-pillar and additional underbody bracing. The kerb weight has also gone up by 270 kg.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be going on sale in over 170 markets starting from mid-2016 and Land Rover will be showcasing the model officially at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. We expect the convertible to come in India too and given the popularity of SUVs and the aspiration of convertibles, we just can’t wait to see the Evoque convertible in India.