Rumours of a convertible version of Range Rover’s popular Evoque have been doing the rounds for years now, but it now looks as though Land Rover is set to finally give it the green light.
The award-winning Evoque line-up is set to expand towards the end of this year with the introduction of the highly-anticipated cabriolet model, Auto Express has reported.
If true, then the Evoque Cabriolet will be heavily based on the concept model first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012, which created a strong demand amongst fans and buyers.
According to Jaguar Land Rover insiders, the delay has been caused by business executives mulling over the financial viability of expanding the range, rather than engineering hiccups.
Staying close to the concept, the production model will reportedly feature a fabric roof rather than a heavy metal top in order to preserve the Evoque’s sleek lines and design.
Despite its pretty looks, Land Rover engineers have apparently been hard at work ensuring that the Evoque will retain the same serious off-roading abilities as the rest of the marque’s range.
Back in 2012, Land Rover’s design director, Gerry 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.”
More variants on their way?
It’s rumoured that Land Rover will also manufacture a range of other Evoque variants to tie in with the new Cabriolet and the Evoque’s fourth birthday.
A recently-trademarked image showed a four-model line-up aping the design of The Beatles’ cover art for Abbey Road, hinting at a possible array of new models.
Rumours have also surfaced of a high-performance version of the Evoque manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division.
Hot on the heels of the Range Rover Sport SVR,a Special Vehicle Operations version of the Evoque would no doubt tweak the popular compact SUV for extra performance ability.
The hottest Evoque released so far has been the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic released in February last year, with a 281bhp output courtesy of a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.