Land Rover has officially unveiled the new Evoque Convertible. As the fifth member of the Range Rover family – and the first ever convertible – the new model will sit at the top of the Evoque portfolio.
The global SUV market is forecast to grow by 20 per cent over the next five years and Land Rover says the new convertible will “pioneer an all-new SUV sector”.
With the car’s development overseen by design boss Gerry McGovern, the Evoque Convertible’s fabric roof gets a Z-fold mechanism that lays flush with the rear bodywork for an uncluttered appearance when lowered. The fabric roof is also claimed to be the longest and widest currently fitted to any vehicle on sale today.
The fully-automated roof stows in 18 seconds, and can be raised in 21 seconds, at speeds up to 30 mph. When closed Land Rover engineers say it provides a layer of acoustic insulation on a par with a regular five-door Evoque, while the rear boot offers 251 litres of storage space.
For safety, a roll-over protection device featuring deployable roll-over bars is also hidden in the rear bodywork. It is claimed to deploy two aluminium bars within 90 milliseconds.
Underneath, the four-wheel drive car will be powered by Land Rover’s new Si4 petrol and Ingenium diesel engines – all mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The new model variant will be produced at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK, alongside the five door and coupe bodystyles, and goes on sale from early 2016 in more than 170 markets worldwide.
Source: Land Rover