Land Rover revealed its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible in a press release this week showcasing the prototype going through all-terrain testing in Europe. Touted as the world’s first “luxury” compact SUV convertible (the title for the world’s first compact SUV convertible is owned by the awkward, and unsuccessful, 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet), this eye-catching Brit most definitely creates its own niche in a very crowded luxury SUV market.
Look for the Range Rover Evoque Convertible to make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, with sales starting in each 2016.
ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE BREEZES THROUGH ULTIMATE ALL-TERRAIN TESTING
· Bold new Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible
· Exclusive film captures final stage of testing at Land Rover’s challenging all-terrain proving ground
· Full suite of advanced on- and off-road technologies showcased
· The Convertible for all Seasons will be revealed in November and on sale Spring 2016
(WHITLEY, U.K.) – October 4, 2015 – The All-New Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be the most capable convertible in the world when it debuts in November after completing Land Rover’s punishing development and testing program with flying colors.
Hot on the heels of last week’s London takeover, where six full-scale wireframe sculptures showcased Evoque Convertible’s elegant design at a series of iconic locations, Land Rover has released a film showcasing its all-terrain credentials.
The footage, released today, shows the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible completing the final phase of testing at Land Rover’s legendary Eastnor Castle estate, in Herefordshire, UK. The film demonstrates how Land Rover’s engineers have rigorously tested the four-wheel drive Convertible to ensure it delivers customary all-terrain capability.
Mike Cross, Land Rover Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, said, “Land Rover prides itself on being a class leader when it comes to all-terrain capability and the Evoque Convertible is no different. Thanks to a combination of innovative engineering and the application of advanced technologies, Evoque Convertible will deliver a dynamic and assured SUV experience that has been tested around the world. We call it ‘The Convertible for all Seasons’.”
Land Rover confirmed plans to launch a highly desirable convertible derivative of its multi award-winning Range Rover Evoque at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. The bold addition to the range has just completed its extensive development program and continues Land Rover’s tradition for creating and leading new market segments.
Travelling the globe, Evoque Convertible has proved its capability and durability in a series of demanding tests before undergoing final sign-off at the famous Eastnor Castle Estate, where all Range Rovers have been put through their paces for the last 45 years.
Launching in November and making its public debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, Evoque Convertible will be on sale in key markets from Spring 2016.
Here is video footage of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible prototype undergoing all-terrain testing.
[Photography and Video ©2015 Land Rover]