Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept shows up ahead of 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on February 24, 2012

We know that the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is not the sexiest convertible crossover on the market (as it received the title as the Most Disliked Car of 2011) and didn’t see impressive sales but it appears that this didn’t discourage Land Rover as the British manufacturer revealed the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept.

According to the manufacturer, this concept wants to explore the potential for the world's first premium convertible SUV and Land Rover needs to receive some positive feedback in order to thinks about a production version. As expected, the new concept is based on the Range Rover Evoque Coupe and features a fully retractable premium roof system with a Roll Over Protection System [ROPS].

Moreover, the concept combines the capability and versatility with a drop down tailgate and a comfortable four seat package. Because it is a convertible, the concept’s body needed to be rigid, but according to Land Rover the body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional rigidity. Still, we are very curious to see the soft top on. Regarding the design.

We can’t tell you much as the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept looks just like the coupe version. Still, it features unique 21-inch Titan silver wheels and is finished in a new metallic Causeway Grey paint.

Moreover, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept features all the technologies available on the coupe such as Terrain Response, surround cameras, Park Assist and class leading infotainment featuring an 8-inch dual view touch screen and a sound system from British audio experts, Meridian.

Land Rover’s all-new Range Rover Evoque directly took inspiration from the LRX concept vehicle, which drew worldwide recognition for its exciting and fresh interpretation of the classic Range Rover design. Smart design, combined with meticulous engineering, has helped turn the LRX concept car’s spirit into reality, without compromising Range Rover’s core values of refined performance, all-terrain capability, and interior luxury.

Gerry McGovern, design director at Land Rover, said that the Evoque represents a bold evolution of the Range Rover design through new interpretations of the Range Rover’s classic design cues as well as by “staying true to the brand’s core values."

With a dramatic rising beltline, a unique taper to its floating roofline, and a muscular shoulder that runs the car’s length, the Evoque adopts a truly dynamic profile paired with a sporty and powerful stance.

Moreover, pushing out each of the wheels to the corners contributes to the car’s purposeful stance. Its wheel arches are wide, but are softly integrated into its body, while its meticulously sculpted corners dramatically lessen its visual overhangs at the front and rear.

Aside from its dramatic exterior, the Evoque also provides you with impeccably crafted luxury cabin, which incorporates premium quality materials and an elegant design.

The Evoque, which belongs to the compact SUV segment, allows you to specify a cabin that’s lavishly appointed with soft, premium leather and wonderfully tailored, twin-needle stitching, which gives every surface of the instrument panel, the seats, and the door panels a luxurious feel.

Press Release

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept

Land Rover will unveil a Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Evoque Convertible Concept vehicle will explore the potential for the world's first premium convertible SUV.

This bold concept builds on the global success of the Evoque and continues Land Rover's tradition for creating and leading new market segments. The concept is being shown to gauge reaction and to assess the potential for what could be another white space product from the world's leading SUV brand.

The concept has been developed by Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern and his team. Commenting on the concept, 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."

The soft-top convertible concept is based on the Range Rover Evoque Coupe. It features a fully retractable premium roof system with a Roll Over Protection System [ROPS]. The concept cleverly combines capability and versatility with a drop down tailgate and a comfortable four seat package. The vehicle has been developed with Land Rover DNA at its heart, retaining key characteristics including a command driving position and all-terrain capability.

The Evoque's dramatic rising waist line and distinctive shape has been retained and the new convertible body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional rigidity. The hood is housed in a neat tapered finisher with the roof mechanism stowed discretely below the belt-line.

Inside, the concept is packed with Evoque's award winning technology including Terrain Response, surround cameras, Park Assist and class leading infotainment featuring an 8-inch dual view touch screen and a sound system from British audio experts, Meridian. The Evoque Convertible Concept features unique 21-inch Titan silver wheels and is finished in a new metallic Causeway Grey paint. The interior is in Lunar and Ivory with leather seats featuring sporty perforated panels and Ivory contrast stitching.

The Range Rover Evoque has been on sale for six months and is widely recognised as an international success with strong sales performances in 170 global markets, and achieving excellent customer satisfaction and class-leading residual values. The Evoque has been launched to worldwide media acclaim and to date has been honoured with over 90 international awards.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said: "The Evoque Convertible Concept is a new twist to the Evoque story and explores the potential to further extend the nameplate's appeal by giving existing customers more choice, whilst at the same time reaching out to a completely new customer base. We are excited to see the response to this concept as we assess the potential for building on the Evoque's exceptional success so far."

The Evoque Convertible Concept will be revealed at Geneva as a design and engineering study. There are no production plans confirmed.

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