RAISE THE ROOF
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.