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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 so­phis­ti­cated fold­ing roof to cre­ate a no com­pro­mise, all-sea­son con­vert­ible.

The ground break­ing and dis­tinc­tive shape of the orig­i­nal Range Rover Evoque lends it­self to an el­e­gant con­vert­ible de­sign and the new model sits at the pin­na­cle of the Evoque port­fo­lio as the most ex­clu­sive and ca­pa­ble con­vert­ible in the world.

As the fifth mem­ber of the Range Rover fam­ily – and the first ever con­vert­ible – the highly de­sir­able new model com­bines tra­di­tional Range Rover lux­ury with a dis­tinc­tive four-seat de­sign and ver­sa­tile stor­age.

The Range Rover Evoque Con­vert­ible has been en­gi­neered to meet Land Rover’s most rig­or­ous stan­dards, en­sur­ing ex­cep­tional struc­tural rigid­ity, trade­mark re­fine­ment, out­stand­ing lev­els of safety and un­ri­valled breadth of ca­pa­bil­ity.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover de­sign di­rec­tor and chief cre­ative of­fi­cer, said: “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.”

Evoque Con­vert­ible’s eye-catching ex­te­rior de­sign is made pos­si­ble by a so­phis­ti­cated 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 to­day.

The fully-au­to­mated roof stows in 18 sec­onds, and can be raised in 21 sec­onds, at speeds up to 30mph. When closed it pro­vides high stan­dards of re­fine­ment with a layer of acous­tic in­su­la­tion en­sur­ing in­te­rior com­fort on a par with five-door Evoque.

In ad­di­tion, the po­si­tion of the roof doesn’t af­fect load­space, with a gen­er­ous 251-litre boot offering un­ri­valled prac­ti­cal­ity for a con­vert­ible.

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, which de­buts in a Land Rover. Rais­ing the stan­dard of con­nec­tiv­ity for the brand, the highly-re­spon­sive and su­per-fast In­Con­trol Touch Pro of­fers seam­less smart­phone in­te­gra­tion, door-to-door nav­i­ga­tion, 3G con­nec­tiv­ity and a pre­mium sound sys­tem.

The new Range Rover Evoque Con­vert­ible will be pro­duced at Land Rover’s Hale­wood plant in the UK, along­side the five door and Coupé bodystyles, and goes on sale from Spring 2016.

Pric­ing in the UK will start from £47,500 OTR based on a TD4 HSE Dy­namic de­riv­a­tive.

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