2012 Geneva Motor Show – Range Rover Evoque Convertible
I’ve always liked the looks and style of the Range Rover Evoque but the idea of a convertible SUV is just ridiculous, but at least it is better than the hideous Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Anyway, Land Rover has introduced the concept at the Geneva Motor Show and in the next few months it will analyze whether they will put the model into production. The idea behind this concept is to figure out if there is a market for such a car, a method that Land Rover used before when they developed the DC100 concepts which could form the foundation of the new Defender.
The convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque could be 2WD or 4WD and either gasoline- or diesel-powered. According to the engineers from Land Rover, about 75kg of strengthening is necessary in comparison to the hard-top sibling which as you probably know is a huge success for the British automaker.
If the car will get the green light for production, Land Rover is going to spend two years for engineering the car before they will be able to actually sell this model. Most likely, the car will be manufactured at the company’s Halewood factory. The regular Evoque has been sold so far in approximately 50,000 units and the company has already got orders for another 60,000 cars so this convertible version might boost sales even further.
The concept shown at the event in Switzerland has a fully retractable roof system and can seat four people. It also benefits from a roll-over protection system while inside the cabin it has a lot of goodies, such as an 8-inch dual touchscreen display, surround cameras, Terrain Response, Meridian sound system and others as well. It rides on 21-inch alloys and comes in a metallic Causeway Grey paint.
If this drop-top version of the Range Rover Evoque will be produced, it will cost approximately 10-15% more than the 3-door hard-top version so it will carry a price tag of approximately 30,795 pounds in today’s money.
Source: Land Rover via Autocar.co.uk
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