The all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible has been shown, ‘real-world’, in the UK for the first time, and Perrys was granted unique access to it.
Land Rover UK PR Manager, Kim Palmer, showed Perrys motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, around the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible during an exclusive media outing away from any display stands. Although not allowed to be driven yet, there was a lot to be found out about the car.
As the fifth member of the Range Rover family, the highly desirable fresh model sits at the pinnacle of the Evoque portfolio as the most exclusive and capable convertible in the world. It has been engineered to meet Land Rover’s most rigorous standards, ensuring exceptional structural rigidity, trademark refinement and outstanding levels of safety.
The Evoque Convertible’s eye-catching exterior design is made possible by a sophisticated fabric roof shaped to create a crisply defined silhouette. Its Z-fold mechanism lays flush with the rear bodywork for a sleek, uncluttered appearance when lowered. The fully-automated roof stows in 18 seconds, and can be raised in 21 seconds, at speeds up to 30mph. When closed it provides high standards of refinement with a layer of acoustic insulation ensuring interior comfort on a par with the five-door Evoque. In addition, the position of the roof doesn’t affect loadspace, with a generous 251-litre boot offering unrivalled practicality for a convertible.
At the heart of the high-class cabin is an all-new, high-resolution 10.2-inch touchscreen with Jaguar Land Rover’s next-generation infotainment system, InControl Touch Pro. Raising the standard of connectivity for the brand, the highly-responsive and super-fast technology offers seamless smartphone integration, door-to-door navigation, 3G connectivity and a premium sound system.
Safety hasn’t been overlooked, either, with a Roll-Over Protection Device featuring deployable roll-over bars hidden in the rear bodywork. The system triggers two aluminium bars within 90 milliseconds in the unlikely event of a roll-over situation to create a survival space for occupants.
Land Rover’s full suite of lightweight, all-aluminium four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines is available with the potent 240PS Si4 petrol providing outstanding levels of performance and refinement. Diesel power comes from Land Rover’s 2.0-litre Ingenium engines which provide highly efficient and refined performance with fuel economy up to 55mpg (5.1 l/100km) and CO2 emissions as low as 149g/km.
The Evoque Convertible is underpinned by Land Rover’s world-class all-terrain capability, using the same advanced technologies as the Evoque five-door and Coupé derivatives. A customary choice of four-wheel drive powertrains combines with Land Rover’s nine-speed automatic transmission, Terrain Response® system, Wade Sensing and All-Terrain Progress Control to ensure the Evoque is a convertible for all seasons.
The new Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be produced at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK, alongside the five door and Coupé bodystyles, and goes on sale from Spring 2016 in more than 170 markets worldwide. Pricing in Britain will start from £47,500, based on the TD4 HSE Dynamic derivative.