First specs, prices and photos of new drop-top; four-wheel drive only and on sale in spring 2016, from £47,500
9 November 2015

Land Rover has unveiled a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque, with the new model expected to add 10% to a production volume that currently runs at 130,000 units a year. The car has been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show, with the west coast of the US expected to be a strong market.

Read our review of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible

The Evoque Convertible will go on sale from next spring, with prices starting at £47,500. The new model fulfils a promise made at the 2012 Geneva show, where a convertible concept was first unveiled. “We showed the Geneva concept to test the reaction of buyers and critics,” said design boss Gerry McGovern. “We viewed the model as an obvious progression, although not everyone saw it that way. But the overall reaction of the market has been very good.”

Read Matt Burt's blog: off-roading in the Evoque Convertible

The Evoque Convertible will be offered only in higher Dynamic and Dynamic HSE trim levels, powered by either the new 178bhp 2.0-litre TD4 Ingenium diesel or the 237bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine.

The Evoque Convertible weighs around 270kg more than its fixed-head siblings. This is due to the extra bracing needed to maintain chassis rigidity, plus the mass of the powered fabric hood mechanism (which can open or close in 21 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph) and a pop-up roll bar system that deploys if the car is in danger of inverting itself in an accident.

“You can’t just cut the roof off and be done with it,” said McGovern. “It takes a lot of work to get the car to a good standard of stiffness while maintaining proper package space. There were some design and engineering challenges in that.”

McGovern said the car’s  proportions are “quite different” from those of most other drop-tops, because most convertibles’ body lines are parallel to the road, whereas the Evoque’s have a strong upward rake to the rear.

Evoque programme director Danella Bagnall said the Evoque Convertible has “substantial” reinforcement to the monocoque chassis structure near the base of the A-pillars and C-pillars, plus reinforcement of the doors to compensate for the absence of a doorframe.

Bagnall is especially pleased with the “generous” rear passenger space which, unlike most sports car-based convertibles, can comfortably accomodate two adults. The car’s high sides protect occupants against top-down buffeting and add a sense of security, she said.

All Evoque Convertibles come with four-wheel drive and have a high level of off-road ability, according to Land Rover off-road capability engineer Chris Edwards. “People were nervous about how this model would fare, and you can understand why,” he said. “When the first prototypes came out, we were pretty careful with them. We did some gentle routes at Eastnor Castle, where we test all our prototypes off road, but that didn’t tell us much about how the car could perform. We had to up the ante quite a lot to find the Convertible’s limits.”

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9 November 2015

I know many on here will no doubt disagree, but I like this a lot. It certainly looks a lot better than any coupe version of an off roader!

I wonder who will be the first to start with the hairdresser remarks...

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9 November 2015

....I don't think many hairdressers will be able to afford this Stevie...apart fro John Frieda of course.

You are right, at least it looks better than the coupe SUV's.

Nothing new of course....lots of American 4x4's were available in soft top form especially in the 60's...Ford Bronco's for example (apart from the obvious Wrangler)
JLR will sell loads....now watch all the others prepare their versions too.

9 November 2015

Seriously, would you put anyone in the back? If this thing rolls over then anyone sat in back - friends, family, kids, etc. - will most likely get squashed. Where's their protection or consideration for well-being?

9 November 2015

If you actually bothered to read the article, you'd notice the sentence that reads "pop-up roll bar system that deploys if the car is in danger of inverting itself in an accident". Yes, I know inverting and accident are quite long words, but if you take it slowly and sound them out, you'll quickly get the hang of it...

9 November 2015

@pauld101, if you bothered to thing about it you know that a rollover bar will not limit intrusion unless the intruding object strikes the bar itself. And given that 95%+ of the open air space will not be protected, the risk of intrusion will be high. Or do you believe SUVs only roll-over on super-smooth roads?

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9 November 2015
soldi wrote:

@pauld101, if you bothered to thing about it you know that a rollover bar will not limit intrusion unless the intruding object strikes the bar itself. And given that 95%+ of the open air space will not be protected, the risk of intrusion will be high. Or do you believe SUVs only roll-over on super-smooth roads?

95% of open air space unprotected? Stop me if i'm wrong but isn't that pretty much every convertible out there and have ever been produced since the dawn of time? Or do you mean the risk of intrusion when you take it off road? Again. Stop me if i'm wrong but do you or anyone know of anyone who owns a Evoque who has taken it off road?

9 November 2015
IAD wrote:

do you or anyone know of anyone who owns a Evoque who has taken it off road?

Do driveways count?

9 November 2015

Waitrose car park at High Wycombe where my sister goes shopping in her Evoque. Oh, there is a small bridge over the stream at between her driveway and the road in semi rural Oxfordshire!!!

9 November 2015

It is a sad fact of life that 99.99999% of space above anyone's head outside of a car or house is unprotected from impact from anything.

9 November 2015

It is a sad fact of life that 99.99999% of space above anyone's head outside of a car or house is unprotected from impact from anything.

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