Besides the Murano Crosscabriolet, surprisingly Land Rover wants to explore the compact convertibles SUV’s market and joins (perhaps) in the next car’s niche with the Evoque. A new segment of cars and the desire to innovate from Land Rover doesn’t seem to calm down anytime soon. The concept of the 2017 Evoque Convertible delivers a really flexible car, combining a premium, compact SUV with a convertible car, and definitely, the outcome ends up looking really well.
The release date hasn’t been told yet, but sales would start in 2016. Combining different elements of different segments, Land Rover’s intention is to create a perfect balance between a spacious and comfortable SUV with functionality and the fun-to-drive aspect, also as a convertible car for every kind of weather. Compact SUV being a convertible is definitely something we are not used to seeing, but with the emblematic Land Rover team and badges, a premium car is certainly coming to elevate the game.
With a new front fascia with LED daytime running lights and new grille designs, there are a lot of features updated from inside as well. The 2017 Evoque Convertible based in the Range Rover’s most successful model, the Evoque, is now incorporating a fully-automated cloth roof that close in 18 seconds and can be raised in just 21 seconds and at speeds up to 30 mph. This will be the SUV that everyone is going to talk about when sales begin.
Let’s review all the details.
Powertrain and Performance
The powertrain remains the same, and like all the Evoques in the U.S.A, the only engine offered consist in a 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, delivering 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque with a 9-speed automatic transmission, spinning all the wheels as optional to drive it everywhere. This spec makes possible a quiet decent acceleration from standstill to 60 mph in just 7.8 seconds with a top speed in 112 mph. Europe will thrive with an alternative, thanks to a 2.0 L TD4 Ingenium diesel engine, delivering 178 hp and with an efficiency of 55 mpg (5.1 L/100 km) and CO2 emissions as low as 149g/km.
Design Line and Interior
You’ll face the same amenities as the Evoques. Premium leather seats with flawless and unlimited luxury in a minimalist way as the distinctive mark of Range Rover. The 2017 Evoque Convertible come with standard fixed twin rear seats, with central bolster, and revised quarter trim speakers. Enough room for four people but only small children will be able to fit up in the back. Won’t matter whether the roof is up, or down, there always going to be 8.9 cubic feet of storage available, extendible with a ski hatch, allowing the user carry longer items.
A highlight was revealed: the incorporation of a massive 10.2-inch touchscreen without any physical buttons. Quick-access functions are displayed in the virtual dock on the bottom of the screen, with their infotainment system InControl Touch Pro, offering navigation and a smartphone app that allows the driver to interact with the car with options as climate change, lock the car and beeping the horn, and many others. Another great feature is the Wi-Fi hotspot capability, a trend on these days.
The Bottom Line
Land Rover has made a risky movement with the 2017 Evoque Convertible, trying to be victorious in a project that others has failed (the Murano Crosscabriolet, for example), but everyone has high expectations in what Land Rover can develop. Something is sure and it is that this car is going to revolutionize and probably open a the new car’s segment of convertible SUVs.
With a starting price at US$50.475, is a fair tag for such a flexible car and with the design and quality of Land Rover.