Range Rover Evoque Convertible: Open-Top Off Roading
One would usually associate Range Rovers with adrenaline-packed, adventure-tuned off-roading trips. Needless to say, we would usually do these in the comfort of air-conditioning, sealed off from the hybrids of nature – the mosquitoes, the rain and the dirt.
But what if you could do/want a more exposed off-roading adventure?
Land Rover has unveiled its newest addition to its Luxury class segment – the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. It being the world’s first luxury compact convertible SUV, the Evoque Convertible combines design and refinement of the Evoque to create a folding roof, suitable for all-season driving.
From the exterior, one would easily notice the obvious fabric roof line that painstakingly retains the original Evoque’s roof profile. The fabric roof is also the longest and widest currently fitted to any vehicle on sale till date.
While convertible owners often grouse about insulation levels inside the car, Land Rover assures that the Evoque Convertible offers “high standards of refinement with a layer of acoustic insulation, ensuring interior comfort on par with a five-door Evoque”. The roof can be stowed in just 18 seconds, raised in 21, and operational up to a speed of 48 km/h.
The new Evoque Convertible also offers a brand new 12 inch touchscreen infotainment system, with its InControl Touch Pro system offering smartphone integration, navigation, 3G connectivity, as well as a premium sound system.
The Evoque Convertible also features a Roll-Over Protection Device, which basically means there are anti-roll bars embedded in the body of the SUV. The bars deploy within 90 millisecond in the event of a roll-over situation to prevent severe injuries and provide space for the driver and passengers.
The Evoque Convertible is being produced in three different variants – 2 diesel plants, and an additional petrol engine. All capped at the 2-litre capacity, the Ingenium TD4 diesel plants provides up to 180 horses and 430 Nm of torque, while the petrol Si4 variant pumps out 175 horses and 340 Nm of torque.
All three variants are mapped to Land Rover’s 9-speed automatic transmission system, and weigh around an average of 1,950 kg. Additional features will also include Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, Wade Sensing to manage floods, and the All-Terrain Progress Control to ensure its feasibility for all seasons and terrains.
The new Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be launched in the 2nd half of 2016. There is currently no confirmation of which variants will be made available locally.