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Land Rover show off its first ever premium SUV convertible


ABOUT a year ago we saw a picture of an Evoque without the roof and couldn't help wondering whether it was the crazy guys at West Coast Customs showing an outrageous custom-made car. It turns out that it wasn't them; it was in fact, Land Rover. The first prototype of Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque convertible was granted exclusive access to the 42km network of Crossrail tunnels, forty metres below London for a development test with a difference.

A convertible, premium SUV… we’re not so sure about this however, we do think it will sell like hot cakes to those who love boulevard cruising. So we reckon that Land Rover has done its homework on the matter and obviously sees a niche market with a need for a premium convertible SUV.

Back to the development test

Land Rover engineers were allowed the opportunity to drive the disguised Evoque convertible with its roof lowered in complete privacy.

The short film, which can be seen below, begins with the highly capable convertible being lowered into the tunnel network by crane, before negotiating a range of obstacles through the 6.2-metre diameter tunnel.

Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover Programmes said: “The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory.”

The Range Rover Evoque is no stranger to subterranean adventure. At its launch in 2011, the five-door variant was driven through Edge Hill Tunnel in Liverpool, UK – the first tunnel in the world to be bored beneath a major city.

Land Rover will announce further details about its exclusive new premium compact SUV convertible later this year. It will be built alongside the five-door and coupé Evoque at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK and will be on sale in 2016.

We are very interested to see what the market’s reaction to this vehicle will be. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out more.

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