Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible Bound for Dealerships in 2016 | Edmunds

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible Bound for Dealerships in 2016

GENEVALand Rover confirmed production of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible on Monday at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, saying the luxury drop top will go on sale at Land Rover dealerships in 2016.

"Land Rover will announce further details about its exclusive new premium compact SUV convertible later this year," the company said in a statement.

But luxury convertible shoppers got a good look at the proportions of the Evoque Convertible, courtesy of a new YouTube video that showed the vehicle being tested below the streets of London in a 26-mile network of Crossrail tunnels. A camouflaged prototype is seen traversing rocks and water hazards.

The video is designed to show the Evoque Convertible's "all-terrain ability in unchartered territory," the company said.

Pricing, technical specifications and exact U.S. launch timing were not announced.

Crossover- or SUV-based convertibles are a rare breed, especially with the recent discontinuation of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. The quirky Nissan convertible was designed to offer buyers an alternative to the Ford Edge and Toyota Venza.

Edmunds reported in 2013 that the Evoque Convertible, which debuted in concept form at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, had been approved for production.

The convertible is expected to be based on the three-door version of the compact SUV. Its roof likely 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.

The convertible is expected to offer the same 240-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission as the standard car.

The face-lifted 2016 Range Rover Evoque SUV makes its world debut this week at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, with an on-sale date in the U.S. slated for the fall.

Car buyers likely will cross-shop the Evoque Convertible against high-end offerings, including the Jaguar F-Type convertible and Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible.

Edmunds says: Land Rover shakes up the Geneva auto show with this exciting announcement. If a convertible is in your future, this may be one to consider.

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