Range Rover Evoque Convertible Gets Green Light
- The Range Rover Evoque convertible, which takes aim at the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, has been approved for production, according to a report.
- The project had previously been ruled out, according to some sources, but the British magazine What Car? is reporting that the project has the green light.
- The Evoque convertible is said to be slated for a 2014 launch.
The project had previously been ruled out, according to some sources, but the British magazine What Car? is reporting that the project has the green light, as confirmed by a senior Land Rover insider. The Evoque convertible concept debuted at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
The Evoque convertible is said to be slated for a 2014 launch.
Jaguar Land Rover did not respond immediately to an Edmunds query asking for confirmation of the report.
The convertible is based on the three-door version of the compact SUV. Its roof will be fabric, electrically operated and will fold beneath the vehicle's waistline for a clean top-down look. A rollover protection system will be incorporated, with the housing of this mechanism and the folding roof hardware limiting accommodation to four seats.
At the Geneva unveiling of the concept, Land Rover revealed that the open-top Evoque requires 165 pounds of structural reinforcement to support the conversion.
The convertible will offer the same 240-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission as the standard car, although the nine-speed automatic transmission Land Rover is developing may debut in time to replace the current six-speeder, benefitting both economy and performance. At the time of the concept's unveiling, Land Rover suggested that it would cost between 10 and 15 percent more than the three-door coupe version.
The base 2013 Range Rover Evoque starts at $42,935, including an $895 destination charge.
Edmunds says: The Evoque has proven to be a big hit for the British SUV-maker, with over 220,000 sold since the model launched in 2012. This convertible version should help maintain that sales momentum.