Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

The Ranger Rover Evoque has gone topless.

Before you shake your head and ask “why?” remember that lots of people laughingly asked the same question when the Evoque first joined the Range Rover family 2011. Nearly a half million sales later, nobody’s laughing.

Top up, the exterior of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is nearly as sleek as the original award-winning design. A sophisticated fabric roof is shaped to create a defined silhouette and a clever Z-fold mechanism lays flush with the rear bodywork when lowered.

At the heart of the cabin is an all-new, 10.2-inch touch-screen featuring the next- generation Jaguar Land Rover InControl® Touch ProTM infotainment system.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible info center

Range Rover Evoque Convertible info center

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 system.

With no changes to the drive train, The 240 HP turbo four still has plenty of get-up-and-go with its 9 speed transmission and standard AWD, it’s a fun little machine that can take you anywhere.

So what is cool is a roll-over protection system 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 head and body protection space for the occupants.

 

Evoque Convertible Rear Seats

Evoque Convertible Rear Seats

Evoque Convertible Cockpit

Evoque Convertible Cockpit

But more than ever, the baby Rover is a compromise.  As in most convertibles, the top has got to go somewhere, and in the new Evoque, the precious little cargo space that was available (20.3 cubic feet) is now 8.9 cubit feet of space, which is roughly the equivalent to a Ferrari 458 at 8.1 cu. ft.  Yikes!

 

Range Rover Evoque storage

Range Rover Evoque storage

No one is going to take the Evoque Convertible camping but sun worshipers in L.A. and Miami are going to be all over the only SUV ragtop currently available.

Land Rover forecasts growth of 20% over the next 5 years and the Evoque Coupe and Evoque Convertible are designed to play a very large part of that number.

Base priced around $51K, the Evoque Convertible goes

on sale mid-year 2016.

 

 

PROS:

  • uniquely distinctive style with a big old dose of opened air fun
  • Range Rover name plate
  • luxurious
  • relieves claustrophobia for those relegated to the rear seats

CONS:

  • only enough cargo space for a beach ball, swim suit and a couple of bottles of sunscreen

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