All-weather SUV

Land Rover un­veils the Range Rover Evoque Con­vert­ible

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Land Rover has un­veiled the world’s first lux­ury com­pact SUV con­vert­ible. Range Rover Evoque Con­vert­ible com­bines the bold design and re­fine­ment of Evoque with com­pre­hen­sive spec­i­fi­ca­tion and a fold­ing roof to cre­ate an all-sea­son con­vert­ible.

Gerry Mcgovern, Land Rover design di­rec­tor and chief cre­ative of­fi­cer, ex­plained: “Range Rover Evoque Con­vert­ible is a ve­hi­cle for all sea­sons. Its uniquely dis­tinc­tive design and world-class en­gi­neer­ing adds another di­men­sion to the Range Rover fam­ily, fur­ther en­hanc­ing its de­sir­abil­ity and ap­peal.”

The global SUV mar­ket is fore­cast to grow by 20% over the next five years Land Rover hopes that the Evoque Con­vert­ible will play a key role in con­tin­u­ing Range Rover’s suc­cess, thanks to it in­vent­ing a new SUV sec­tor.

The car’s new ex­te­rior design is made pos­si­ble by a fab­ric roof shaped to cre­ate a crisply de­fined sil­hou­ette that re­mains faith­ful to the orig­i­nal design. Its Z-fold mech­a­nism lays flush with the rear body­work for a sleek, un­clut­tered ap­pear­ance when low­ered. The fab­ric roof is the long­est and widest cur­rently fit­ted to any ve­hi­cle on sale, Land Rover claimed.

The fully-au­to­mated roof stows in 18 sec­onds, and can be raised in 21 sec­onds, at speeds up to 30 mph (50kph). Land Rover also said that the po­si­tion of the roof doesn’t af­fect load­space, with a 251-litre boot avail­able all the time.

At the heart of the high-class cabin is an all-new, high-res­o­lu­tion 10.2-inch touch­screen with Jaguar Land Rover’s next-gen­er­a­tion in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, Incon­trol Touch Pro.

Safety hasn’t been over­looked with a RollOver Pro­tec­tion De­vice fea­tur­ing de­ploy­able roll-over bars hid­den in the rear body­work. It de­ploys two alu­minium bars within 90 mil­lisec­onds in the un­likely event of a roll-over sit­u­a­tion to cre­ate a sur­vival space.

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