EVOQUE CON­VERT­IBLE BE­ING TESTED UN­DER­GROUND IN CROSS­RAIL TUN­NELS

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LAND Rover has con­firmed the world’s first pre­mium com­pact SUV con­vert­ible will go on sale in 2016 by re­leas­ing a unique un­der­ground testing film.

Forty me­tres be­low the streets of Lon­don, UK, the first pro­to­type of Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque Con­vert­ible was granted ex­clu­sive ac­cess to the 42 km net­work of Cross­rail tun­nels for a devel­op­ment test with a dif­fer­ence. En­gi­neers were al­lowed the op­por­tu­nity to drive the dis­guised Evoque Con­vert­ible with its roof low­ered in com­plete pri­vacy.

The short film be­gins with the highly-ca­pa­ble con­vert­ible be­ing low­ered into the tun­nel net­work by crane, be­fore ne­go­ti­at­ing a range of ob­sta­cles through the 6,2 me­tre di­am­e­ter tun­nel. Mur­ray Dietsch, direc­tor of Land Rover Pro­grammes said: “The tun­nels are still un­der con­struc­tion, so we had a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the ve­hi­cle’s all-ter­rain abil­ity in un­charted ter­ri­tory.”

The Range Rover Evoque is no stranger to sub­ter­ranean adventure. At its launch in 2011 the five-door vari­ant was driven through Edge Hill Tun­nel in Liver­pool, UK — the first tun­nel in the world to be bored be­neath a ma­jor city.

Land Rover will an­nounce fur­ther de­tails about its ex­clu­sive new pre­mium com­pact SUV Con­vert­ible later this year. It will be built along­side the five­door and coupe Evoque at Land Rover’s Hale­wood plant in the UK and will be on sale in 2016.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Land Rover is mak­ing an un­der­ground movie with a dis­guised Evoque Con­vert­ible.

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