Land Rover will unveil a Range Rover Evoque convertible concept at this month’s Geneva auto show. The company says the model could become a production reality if public reaction is positive. I suspect Nissan wishes they had done this prior to introducing the Murano convertible.
The soft-top, four-seat Rover SUV has a fully retractable roof system with a roll-over protection system.
Land Rover is working on a technical solution that would make it possible to open and close the soft top in about 12 seconds.
The convertible top would add minimal weight and have little effect on the vehicle’s torsional rigidity, Land Rover said.
The concept keeps the production Evoque’s rising waist line and the car’s distinctive shape has been retained.
The new convertible body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional rigidity.
The show car is based on the Evoque’s Dynamique Plus version and is powered by a four-cylinder, 240-hp 2.0-liter gasoline engine.
The concept has been developed by Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern and his team. McGovern said there will only be minor changes if the car makes it to series production.
Land Rover will decide before the end of the year whether to build the concept and an announcement may come at the Paris auto show.
If confirmed, production of the convertible will start in early 2013 in Land Rover’s Halewood, England.
The Evoque went on sale in the U.S. market in October as a five- and three-door crossover and has been in hot demand — there are waiting times as long as 60 days in some areas of the country.