We never thought this will happen but finally but we are getting a Convertible and that also from Land Rover. Land Rover officially announced that they will be launching the Range Rover Evoque Convertible in the year 2016 in the international market.
The Convertible concept was first showcased at the 2012, Geneva Auto show and since then we have all eagerly waited for its unveiling. The Convertible has been built alongside the five door and the coupe variants at Land Rover’s Halewood plant. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is actually based on the same facelifted Evoque which Land Rover showcased recently and it features a completely new LED headlight designs and refreshed engine lineup.
Now it will be interesting to find out that after slashing off the roof of the standard Evoque SUV has it lost its identity or whether it still has any capability of sitting proudly in the Land Rover lineup which has a reputation of building some of the hardcore offroadiing vehicles of the world.
Update:-LandRover has unveiled their newest offering the Evoque Convertible in London. We have updated this review with all the details and images which is available at this moment
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There is no doubt in the fact that the Evoque has been an important Crossover in the Land Rover lineup since 2011 and the 2016 model lineup got even better with the introduction of New Ingenium diesel engines which promises to deliver best in class fuel consumptions and CO2 emissions.
The all new Range Rover Evoque Convertible does not look any different from the Evoque facelift which was introduced by Range Rover not so long ago minus the hard roof. Towards the front profile the Evoque convertible gets the same LED daytime running lamps integrated inside the newly designed headlamp units which now gets the fill adaptive LED headlamps as an option . What else looks new is the new front bumper design which gets huge air vents and rectangular shaped integrated LED fog lamps. The front grille too looks new and gets horizontal bars.
The Evoque Convertible comes with Z convertible roof system which actually allows the person driving the vehicle to open and close the roof upto speed s of 48 km/h mark. The rest of the side profile gets the same stroking lines and that muscular shoulders and also tapered roof.
Towards the rear the Convertible gets completely new set of LED taillamps which is the only change that we can notice in the new Evoque convertible. The folded roof eats away some of the space inside the boot towards the rear however the Evoque Convertible still manages to provide about 251 lItres of boot space towards the rear. There is even a ski hatch inside the boot which is definitely helpful for the ski lovers.
The new Evoque Convertible SUV is the world’s first premium compact convertible SUV. The roof as already mentioned earlier can be operated upto speeds of 48 km/h and it just takes 18 seconds to fold in its place with just après on the switch.
|Overall height||1609mm (63.3in)|
|Overall width (mirrors folded)||1980mm (78 in)|
|Overall width (mirrors out)||2085mm (82 in)|
|Overall length||4370mm (172 in)|
|Wheelbase||2660mm (104.7 in)|
Just like the dynamic exterior the interior too has been finished with premium quality materials, this compact premium convertible SUV has comfortable seats for 4 adults. The interior looks simple and realistic. The dashboard looks updated and it even gets new Incontrol touch pro is the latest infotainment system which also comes with 10.2 inch multi touchscreen screen. The Homescreen can be customized which gives you a rich an incredible audio and visual experience and guidance in the form of navigation maps. One can even connect with the car without being in it physically with their Smartphone. For the entertainment of the passengers inside Meridian has designed special speakers exclusively for the Evoque Convertible. The audio system comes equipped with 12 speakers and 660 watt surround sound system. Furthermore it also gets mood lighting system as well.
All these changes has made the interior even better place to spend some time in.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is available with two diesel and single gasoline unit. The new diesel units belong to JLR’s new ingenium family of engines, this engine promises to offer an improved fuel efficiency and CO2 emission.
The lightweight aluminum 4 cylinder engines is available in two states of tune, the 1, 998 cc 4 cylinder unit is capable of producing about 150 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 380 Nm of torque at 1, 750 rpm. This engine helps the Convertible to sprint from 0-100km/h mark in 12 seconds while it has a top speed of 180 km/h mark. While the other variant is capable of producing about 180 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and an impressive 430 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. This engine helps the Convertible to sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in 10.3 seconds while this variant of the SUV has a top speed of 195 km/h mark.
The only petrol engine on offer is a 1, 999 cc unit capable of producing about 240 Ps of peak power at 5800 rpm and 340 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. Performance wise the petrol unit helps the Evoque convertible to sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in 8.6 seconds while this particular SUV has a top speed of 209 km/h mark. The advanced turbo charging technology on the petrol unit helps it to deliver the impressive performance.
All the engines are mated to a newly developed ZF 9 speed automatic gearbox which is one of the most advanced automatic transmissions used in a production vehicle and supports Land Rover’s rugged and robust nature.
|Engine type||"Inline 4 common rail diesel, 16 valves total (4 per cylinder)"||"Inline 4 common rail diesel, 16 valves total (4 per cylinder)"||"Inline 4 gasoline direct injection,|
16 valves total (4 per cylinder)"
|Displacement||1998.68 cc||1998.68 cc||1999 cc|
|Bore / Stroke||83 x 92.35 mm||83 x 92.35 mm||87.5 x 83.1 mm|
|Max Power||150PS (110kW) at 4000rpm||180PS (132kW) at 4000rpm||240PS (176.5kW) at 5800rpm|
|Max Torque||380Nm (280lb ft) at 1750rpm||430Nm (317lb ft) at 1750rpm||340Nm (250.7lb ft) at 1750rpm|
|Transmission||9-speed (automatic)||9-speed (automatic)||9-speed (automatic)|
When it comes to off roading capability the Evoque Convertible does not disappoint anyone and remains faithful to the Land Rover tag. The all terrain progress control comes with a launch feature thaty helps to take the vehicle out of low friction surfaces like ice, snow and sand without actually getting stuck. The hill descent control helps in descending from high hills while maintaining the same speed. Be it any surface the Evoque Convertible with the help of the all terrain response system will easily overcome any situations. This SUV also gets wading sensing capability and can easily wade upto 500 metres of water. It actually has a rader which scans the water depth.
Lastly the Evoque Convertible also comes with Active driveline technology which actually helps the car to switch in between 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive effortlessly. This technology helps in improving efficiency and handling.
The Evoque convertible gets number of driver aid technologies, it gets a new heads up display unit which provides some key vehicle data, The adaptive full LED headlamps helps increase visibility at night. The other safety features include Adaptive cruise control and queue assist. Furthermore the Convertible SUV also gets 360 degree parking sensors as well.
Fopr the safety of the passengers the Evoque convertible also gets roll over protection system, Blind spot monitors, lane keep assist and lane departure system, driver warning system has also been infused inside the SUV.
The prices for the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible have not been announced yet but it will go on sale from spring 2016. We expect it to arrive in our Indian markets towards the end of the year 2016.
Who has actually thought that Land Rover will be giving life to the Convertible Concept which they showcased about 4 years ago. This certainly gives us an idea that Land Rover is breaking out of their shell and experimenting with their products. The Evoque Convertible will certainly attract a huge attention because it will give the owners the experience of driving an open top all season offroaders which also comes loaded with all the European luxuries on-board.