RAISE THE ROOF

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story -

THE Evoque Con­vert­ible may seem a sim­ple slice and dice of the fixed-roof Coupe but it in­volved a com­pre­hen­sive en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram.

Strength­ened sills with di­ag­o­nal cross-braces help to main­tain the stiff­ness of the hard­top and beefed-up wind­screen pil­lars as­sist in meet­ing Land Rover’s own crush strength stan­dards.

The fold­ing roof uses tech­nol­ogy from the Jaguar F-Type con­vert­ible sta­ble­mate, in­clud­ing the four elec­tric mo­tors that raise and lower it.

The Z-fold de­sign uses five lay­ers of in­su­lat­ing fab­ric to match the Jag’s noise and weather sup­pres­sion and the roof will op­er­ate in tem­per­a­tures rang­ing from -40 to 90 — it went through 6750 test cy­cles dur­ing devel­op­ment.

Weigh­ing in at 68kg, the roof is also the long­est and widest fab­ric roof fit­ted to any cur­rent pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle.

Land Rover con­sid­ered a fold­ing hard­top but the soft­top gives greater de­sign flex­i­bil­ity and weighs 30 per cent less. Given the Evoque is portly enough, best they stuck with the gor­geously shaped fab­ric op­tion.

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