Land Rover Unveils Evoque Convertible Concept Before Geneva

By Trevor Dorchies | February 24, 2012
In what is starting to look like a growing trend with automakers, Land Rover has decided to show off the Range Rover Evoque convertible concept ahead of its scheduled unveil at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Land Rover has said the Evoque convertible concept's purpose is to explore and gauge the public's interest in such a vehicle; if the Evoque convertible receives a warm reception, a production decision could be made within four to six weeks after Geneva. Like the DC100 concepts that were shown off at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in November, Land Rover is taking the same approach with the Evoque convertible concept. A convertible variant of the Evoque would help Land Rover expand its lineup with a vehicle that has already proven its worth over its short lifespan. If Land Rover decides to push the Evoque convertible into production it won't be ready for public use for at least another two years, as it would need to go through engineering and other tests. It remains to be seen whether a production version of the Evoque convertible would have any four-wheel drive or off-road capability. The same goes for whether it will be powered by gasoline, diesel, or either one of the two. As it stands now, the concept convertible has a soft-cloth retractable roof with a roll-over protection system. The Evoque convertible will keep its eye-catching styling, with minimal changes made to its overall weight and rigid structure. As per usual with Land Rover vehicles as of late, Gerry McGovern and his team are responsible for the designing of the Evoque convertible.
“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," said McGovern to Autocar. The concept version of the Evoque convertible comes stocked with Land Rover's usual technology like Terrain Response, surround cameras, Park Assist, and an infotainment system with sound provided by British company Meridian. The Evoque concept sits on 21-inch silver wheels and is coated in a new metallic Causeway Grey paint. If and when Land Rover decides to put the Evoque convertible into production we expect the topless variant to attract a price that's 10- to 15-percent higher than the current base price of the three-door hardtop Evoque. Currently the three-door Evoque starts off with a base price of $44,995. Would you be interested in a convertible variant of Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque? Sound off in the comment section below. Source: Autocar