The success of the three- and five-door ‘baby’ Range Rover, with its coupe-like roofline and sub-£30,000 starting price, has led Land Rover to explore new options.
Buyers hoping to find a Range Rover Evoque for sale rushed to Perrys showrooms from its launch last year and Land Rover later revealed it had sold out its 2011 allocation before the model had even arrived.
The design of the Evoque, with a raised, bulky rear end capable of holding a fold-down roof, lends itself to a convertible and Land Rover has a history in the area having produced the likes of the classic Defender with a drop-top roof.
The potential new soft-top convertible was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week complete with striking metallic paint, huge 21″ alloy wheels and a full leather interior.
More technical aspects, according to Land Rover, include more rigidity in the body to remove the ‘scuttle shake’ associated with convertibles once the roof is removed.
It will be a four-seater in true convertible tradition but retains the bulky, raised design of the Range Rover Evoque to offer something completely new to the market.
Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern: “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.”
However, Land Rover has also taken the opportunity to confirm no production plans are confirmed.
In the meantime, the new Range Rover Evoque can be found at Rocar Moores Land Rover in Huddersfield and Copley Land Rover in Halifax.
Range Rover Evoque prices start from £29,000 for two-wheel drive versions. All-wheel drive models are also available.