2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible revealed

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First specs, prices along with photos of completely new drop-top; four-wheel drive only along with on sale in spring 2016, by £47,500


Land Rover has unveiled a convertible edition of its biggest-selling Range Rover style, the Evoque, with the completely new style required to add 10% to a production volume which currently runs at 130,000 units a year.

The Evoque Convertible will go on sale by next spring, with prices starting at £47,500. The completely new style fulfils a promise made at the 2012 Geneva show, where a convertible concept was first unveiled. “We showed the Geneva concept to test the reaction of buyers along with critics,” said design boss Gerry McGovern. “We viewed the style as an obvious progression, although not everyone saw the idea which way. however the overall reaction of the market has been very not bad.”

Read Matt Burt’s blog: off-roading inside the Evoque Convertible

The Evoque Convertible will be offered only in higher Dynamic along with Dynamic HSE trim levels, powered by either the completely new 178bhp 2.0-litre TD4 Ingenium diesel or the 237bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine.

The Evoque Convertible weighs around 270kg more than its fixed-head siblings. This specific will be due to the extra bracing needed to maintain chassis rigidity, plus the mass of the powered fabric hood mechanism (which can open or close in 21 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph) along which has a pop-up roll bar system which deploys if the auto will be in danger of inverting itself in an accident.

“You can’t just cut the roof off along with be done with the idea,” said McGovern. “the idea takes a lot of work to get the auto to a not bad standard of stiffness while maintaining proper package space. There were some design along with engineering challenges in which.”

McGovern said the auto’s  proportions are “quite different” by those of most some other drop-tops, because most convertibles’ Centeng lines are parallel to the road, whereas the Evoque’s have a strong upward rake to the rear.

Evoque programme director Danella Bagnall said the Evoque Convertible has “substantial” reinforcement to the monocoque chassis structure near the base of the A-pillars along with C-pillars, plus reinforcement of the doors to compensate for the absence of a doorframe.

Bagnall will be especially pleased with the “generous” rear passenger space, which, unlike most sports car-based convertibles, affords proper space for a pair of adults. the auto’s high sides protect occupants against top-down buffeting along with add a sense of security, she said.

All Evoque Convertibles come with four-wheel drive along with have a high level of off-road capability, according to Land Rover off-road capability engineer Chris Edwards. “People were nervous about how This specific style would likely fare, along with you can understand why,” he said. “When the first prototypes arrived on the scene, we were pretty careful with them. We did some gentle routes at Eastnor Castle, where we test all our prototypes off road, however which didn’t tell us much about how the auto could perform. We had to up the ante quite a lot to find the Convertible’s limits.”

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