Land Rover pulled the cover off its 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible, a curious mish-mash of segments that promises the all-road capability of a Land Rover, the high-style of the fashionable Range Rover Evoque and the top-down, sun-drenched driving experience of a convertible.
Although the transformation from traditional SUV to convertible has significantly reduced the Evoque's already negligible utility, it's nevertheless more practical than the typical convertible. The back seat can be occupied by adults, and although the trunk oddly resembles an oven, it's at least a big one capable of holding a pair of fair-sized suitcases. The soft-top operates at speeds up to 30 mph and neatly folds above the cargo area and is its own tonneau cover. Unfortunately, its appearance with the top-up is far from flattering.
The Convertible also showcases an important update for the entire Evoque range for 2017: the new InControl Touch and Touch Pro infotainment systems that feature bigger screens and dramatically improved graphics, menu structure and response times.
Like the regular Evoque, the convertible comes only with a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, a nine-speed automatic transmission and a Land Rover all-wheel drive system with off-road settings that lend it more capability than the typical luxury SUV.
Expect the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible in the summer of 2016 with prices starting at around $50,000.
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