Read the updated first look review of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept and watch all our car launch videos from the Geneva Motor Show 2012.
According to Land Rover, this roofless version of the highly successful small off-roader is for market research purposes only…
Convertible concept study
But if the strong sales of the current fixed-roof Range Rover Evoque are anything to go by, then Land Rover may well be seriously considering putting a convertible version of its smallest offering into production.
The Evoque Convertible Concept sports a cloth roof as opposed to a bulky, heavier folding metal roof, allowing Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern to preserve the Evqoue’s now familiar features:
‘The Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. This study is not a traditional convertible design execution – instead we have worked with the balance of the Evoque’s lines to retain its distinctive shape and create something that is unique and, we believe, highly desirable.’
Roll Over Protection System
Although the Evoque Convertible Concept uses the same platform as its hard top sibling, the open roofed vehicle has had to be re-engineered accordingly to ensure safety levels are up to scratch.
Land Rover has developed a Roll Over Protection System to work in conjunction with the fully retractable soft-top roof. The system will deploy automatically in the event of the vehicle inverting, with pop-up roll hoops providing protection for all four possible occupants.
Standard Evoque equipment
The concept vehicle retains all of the Evoque’s standard equipment.
This means the Evoque’s dual-viewing angle eight-inch infotainment screen is carried over, as is the conventional car’s Terrain Response, park assist and surround camera view system.
If the Evoque Convertible were to be scheduled for mass-market launch, expect the standard car’s 148bhp and 187bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel units to feature as well as Land Rover’s 237bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine. A hefty price premium is also assured.
The Evoque Convertible’s fate won’t be decided until after the Geneva Motor Show; Land Rover will be watching press and public reaction very closely.