We got a taste of the new 2012 Range Rover Evoque crossover late last year, and now the company is expanding its portfolio to include a convertible version. We have seen the Nissan Juke Cabriolet, but a Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet? Now that is something oddly that will ever come out of a conservative Land Rover company.
We haven’t seen much success on the Nissan Juke hardtop version nor its convertible version. But like all new things, it takes a while to get accustom to the design. So for now, Land Rover is cautiously with the Evoque Convertible as being a concept model only to test the waters.
“This bold concept builds on the global success of the Evoque and continues Land Rover’s tradition for creating and leading new market segments,” Land Rover said in a statement. “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.”
From what we can tell, the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept features a soft-top roof with a Roll Over Protection System. It has seating for four just as the hardtop version, and still carried a drop down tailgate as well. Even though Land Rover stated that the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept was developed with the Land Rover DNA, meaning it has all-terrain off-road capability in mind. But really, the only place you will see the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be in the metropolitan areas.
“The Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible,” said Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern. “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.”
As for the powertrain, we expect Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept to carry the same 240-hp 2.0L Si4 turbocharged engine as the 2012 Range Rover Evoque crossover. Shifting power will be similar as well through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Oh, by the way, we’ve found a picture of the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept roaming in London alley near the tower bridge. The picture was taken by Simon Truscott who shared it on his Twitter account.