The luxury SUV segment is hot right now, with Rolls-Royce and Bentley recently confirming plans for SUVs. Now Range Rover is finally confirming it will produce a production version of its Range Rover Evoque Convertible concept due out in 2016. We say finally because the whole idea of a drop top Evoque first made news at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
It’s only fitting that Land Rover’s big announcement came just before the start of the 85th Annual Geneva Motor Show. To mark the occasion, the British automaker released the first official teaser images of the vehicle and claims it will be the world’s first premium compact SUV convertible.
It’s also released a video to go along with it. Watch below as the 2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible undergoes testing in the 26-mile network of Crossrail tunnels deep below London. Land Rover says it’s actually the first vehicle to do such a thing.
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.”
Based on the Evoque Coupe, Land Rover is set to go up against premium German drop-tops like the Audi TT. Land Rover isn’t releasing a ton of specific details yet, but what we do know is that it’s a vehicle that is really designed for a niche market, so Land Rover doesn’t expect to sell just a ton of them.
The convertible will be built at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK, alongside the two-door and four-door hardtop Evoque versions. It’s expected to go on sale in 2016.