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Range Rover Evoque Convertible Arriving in 2016

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/3/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Range Rover Evoque Convertible Arriving in 2016

The convertible SUV is back. At the Geneva motor show, Range Rover confirmed it will bring a drop-top version of the Evoque to market by 2016.

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Range Rover isn't ready to debut the model, but we have spotted prototype versions with the top up as recently as last month. To ensure its secrecy, the automaker has been testing the Evoque Convertible in the Crossrail tunnels, a 26-mile underground network that is under construction in England. Choosing this location allowed engineers to lower the roof in complete privacy. And in a short video, Range Rover gives us a peek at the new Evoque Convertible with its top down, albeit with some heavy camouflage.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible prototype The Evoque Convertible is following in the footsteps of its five-door sibling. When the Evoque launched in 2011, Range Rover drove it through the Edge Hill Tunnel in Liverpool, the first tunnel in the world that was located underneath a major city.

Often compared to the now-discontinued Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible has actually been in the works for a long time. The concept version was unveiled three years ago at the 2012 Geneva show, and it has only been until recently that the model has surfaced again, now bearing a slightly different appearance than the original prototype. Range Rover says more details on what it calls the "world's first premium compact SUV convertible" are coming later this year.

But the convertible isn't the only major change hitting the Evoque lineup in the near future. Also at the Geneva show, Range Rover announced a refreshed 2016 Evoque five-door model that will go on sale this October. The five-door, coupe, and convertible versions will all be built at Land Rover's Halewood plant in the U.K.

Source: Range Rover


Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible prototype
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