The First Compact Premium Convertible SUV: Range Rover Evoque Convertible
|   Sunday, November 15, 2015
As winter is coming, Land Rover presented the convertible version of the Evoque crossover. The SUV segment enjoys a popularity increase at a global level, which is why manufacturers are seeking new niches in which to conquer customers, and Land Rover could not be exception to this.
Three years after the first official presentation as a concept the British manufacturer has officially launched the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which becomes the first compact convertible SUV in the premium segment.


Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the first cabriolet in the compact luxury SUV segment and also the first Range Rover cabriolet. It has a 2 + 2 seating configuration and will be available next spring in two trim levels - SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic.

As the name suggests, the new model retains the aesthetic characteristics of the Range Rover Evoque, but has a fully retractable fabric roof that closes in 21 seconds and opens in just 18 seconds. The ceiling can be operated at speeds of 48 km / h (30 mph), and provides a sound insulation similar to the basic model. As a safety precaution, Land Rover has created a rollover system, two aluminum bars spring up in just 90 milliseconds to generate a protective space for the passengers.

The fabrics used for the ceiling are offered in one color, black, but for the bodywork, 13 colors are available, including new Waitomo Grey metallic and Baltoro Ice.
Choosing a fabric roof is the best option in this situation because it is lighter and occupies less than a hard-top. The folding roof does not affect boot space, which is 251 liters, a very good value for a cabriolet.

Rollover protection is provided by an active roll-bar mounted in the rear, which can rise in 90 milliseconds in case of accident, as mentioned before. The Evoque Convertible debuts with a new model of integrated airbag in the seat, which protects the head too, an electronic system dedicated to ensuring that no airbags and no roll bar can be open during sessions in rough terrain, where any zealous driver might venture.

The Evoque Convertible's engines have been taken from the parent model. Thus, there is a gasoline turbocharged 2-liter and 4-cylinder engine that generates 240 hp, which reaches 100 km / h in 7.8 seconds through an automatic gearbox in 9 steps. The maximum speed is 209 km / h.
This is accompanied by a diesel engine with a 2-liter displacement. In both variants the car includes the Terrain Response system with four distinct driving modes, depending on the terrain: general, mud, sand and, not least, macadam and snow.

During extreme adventures, the Evoque Convertible lights the way with halogen lamp units (standard), xenon or LED (optional). The interior also retains the character of the Evoque and includes Internet connection through a Wi-Fi hotspot and compatibility with Android and Apple Auto CarPlay systems.

Information is displayed on a standard 8-inch screen or, optionally, an inControl system Info Touch Pro 10.2 inches wide.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible will hit the market in spring 2016 and will be produced in limited series. The car will have a starting price of 50,475 dollars (46,865 euro), in the United States and 47,500 pounds in the UK.
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