The Range Rover Evoque Convertible which is billed the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible, has been finally unveiled after a string of teasers. The all-season open top car employs what is claimed to be the longest and widest foldable roof fitted on any vehicle on sale today.
The Z-folding roof is designed to match the design of the regular hardtop 5-door model and is lined with an acoustic layer to offer high refinement levels. The electrically controlled roof can be retracted in 18 seconds and deployed in 21 seconds within speeds of up to 30 mph (48 kmph). Even with the roof stowed in the boot, the car offers a boot capacity of 251 litres.
Land Rover says that the Evoque Convertible continues to have exceptional structural rigidity and off-road capability despite loosing the roof. The car gets a Roll-Over Protection Device hidden in the rear bodywork. The device deploys the bars within 90 milliseconds of detecting a rollover thereby creating a survival space for the occupants.
Under the hood, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is powered by the range of Ingenium 2.0-litre turbocharged all-aluminium petrol and diesel engines. The most fuel efficient variant delivers a mileage of 19.6 kmpl. The famed Terrain Response System ensures that the top-less Evoque is just as capable as its hardtop sibling when the going gets tough. Equipment list includes a comprehensive suite of safety features and InControl 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The Range Rover Evoque will enter production at Land Rover’s Halewood facility in the UK alongside the 5-door and Coupe variants. Sales will commence in early 2016 and cover 170 countries eventually. India is most likely to be one of them.