LONDON: First there was the Range Rover Evoque. Now Land Rover wants to show off the Evoque Convertible Concept, which explores the potential for the world’s first premium convertible SUV.
The concept is being shown to gauge reaction and to assess the potential for what could be another product to carve out a new market segment.
The soft-top convertible concept is based on the Range Rover Evoque Coupe. It features a fully retractable premium roof system with a Roll Over Protection System.
The concept combines capability and versatility with a drop down tailgate and a four seat package. The vehicle retains key Land Rover characteristics including a command driving position and all-terrain capability.
The Evoque’s rising waist line and distinctive shape has been retained and the new convertible body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional rigidity. The hood is housed in a tapered finisher with the roof mechanism stowed below the belt-line.
Inside, the concept is packed with Evoque technology including Terrain Response, surround cameras, Park Assist and a high-end infotainment featuring an 8-inch dual view touch screen and a sound system from British audio experts, Meridian.
The Evoque Convertible Concept features unique 21-inch Titan silver wheels and is finished in a new metallic Causeway Grey paint. The interior is in Lunar and Ivory with leather seats featuring sporty perforated panels and Ivory contrast stitching.
The concept has been developed by Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern and his team. Commenting on the concept, McGovern said: “The Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible.
This study is not a traditional convertible design execution – instead we have worked with the balance of the Evoque’s lines to retain its distinctive shape and create something that is unique and, we believe, highly desirable,” said Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern.
The Range Rover Evoque has been on sale for six months and is distributed in 170 countries.
The Evoque Convertible Concept will be revealed at Geneva as a design and engineering study. There are no production plans confirmed.