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Range Rover Evoque Convertible


HAVE you ever wanted a luxury compact SUV convertible? We haven’t, either. Land Rover - on the other hand - reckons that there are customers out there who wouldn’t mind an unlimited amount of head room. We first saw hints of an Evoque convertible on a now defunct British motoring show - you know which motoring show I speak of. Some years later and Land Rover has officially released information on this very niche vehicle.

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible combines the bold design and refinement of Evoque with comprehensive specification and a sophisticated folding roof to create a no-compromise, all-season convertible. We, here at Autodealer, really do like the look of this machine; it’s definitely a unique vehicle. However, the idea is not so unique. Some of the earliest renditions of the off-road car featured a topless design. Take the early Land Rover Defender, for example.

The Evoque, however, combines that desirable luxury aspect that customers are after. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible has also been engineered to meet Land Rover’s most rigorous standards, ensuring exceptional structural rigidity, trademark refinement, outstanding levels of safety and an array of capabilities.

Its eye-catching exterior design is made possible by a sophisticated fabric roof shaped to create a crisply defined silhouette that remains faithful to the original design. Its Z-fold mechanism lays flush with the rear bodywork for a sleek, uncluttered appearance, when lowered. The fabric roof is the longest and widest currently fitted to any vehicle on sale today.

The fully automated roof stows in just 18 seconds, and can be raised in 21 seconds, at speeds of up to 48km/h. When closed, it provides high standards of refinement with a layer of acoustic insulation ensuring interior comfort on a par with five-door Evoque.

At the heart of the high-class cabin is a high-resolution 10.2-inch touchscreen with Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl™ Touch infotainment system. The system allows drivers to control a multitude of vehicle functions, including the entertainment system.

Safety hasn’t been overlooked, with the Evoque Convertible featuring a Roll-Over Protection Device featuring deployable rollover bars hidden in the rear bodywork. It deploys two aluminium bars within 90 milliseconds in the unlikely event of a rollover situation to create a survival space for occupants.

The Evoque Convertible is underpinned by Land Rover’s all-terrain capability. Destined for South Africa in the second half of 2016. Pricing, local specification and availability will be communicated closer to the time.

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