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The New Range Rover Evoque Convertible
posted on Nov 18 2015 by Kiri Nowak
Ever been in a Range Rover and wished that you could feel the wind in your hair? Or been in a convertible and wished you could take a detour off road? Well now your wishes could come true. Land Rover have just launched the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible, a brand new luxury SUV with a five-layer fabric roof that means in just 18 seconds, you can be open to the elements and enjoying a cruise on a gorgeous, sunny day.
Some may say that the Evoque Convertible is the most controversial design Land Rover has ever produced, but it most certainly seems to be worth all the hype. With the Evoque Coupe being so popular; selling over 450,000 cars so far, Land Rover has chosen to take it to the next level. It was hard to imagine what the convertible would look like, but Land Rover have managed to retain the beauty of the original coupe and cleverly integrate the z-folding soft top roof. This was very important for Land Rover and they have most certainly delivered.
The Evoque Convertible keeps most of the Land Rover’s key character as it features a 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder ingenium engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, with standard all-wheel drive and a top speed of 121mph.
It manages 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds, which is only a slight increase from the Evoque hard-top’s 9.0 seconds. All this makes sure that the Evoque Convertible can tackle all terrains just like its coupe counterpart and it is most certainly a proper 4x4. The Evoque Convertible can also cope with 45-degree gradients and 35-degree tilts, and wade through water 500mm deep. You know you just want to put this car to the test.
Practically, the convertible seats up to four (tall) adults and has 8.9 cubic feet of storage in the boot; it also has a ski hatch option available to allow easy loading. The interior features updated seats, revised door panels and a redesigned instrument panel from the original coupe.
The little bits of luxury come from the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system that includes a 10.2-inch touch screen that comes as standard and is easy to use. As well as providing navigation and access to the Meridian-supplied sound system, InControl includes various apps that can work on smartphones, plus remote tracking and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The roof mechanism is quiet, folds away neatly and can be operated on the move. It has heated seats, so you can have the roof down on a cool, autumn day too. Rollover protection is built into the car behind the rear seats and two aluminium bars will deploy within 90 milliseconds if the car was to roll, protecting those on board.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be available towards the end of 2016. Prices start at £47,500, which is £5,200 more than an equivalent hard-top. But with SUV sales absolutely booming and people looking for the next best thing in SUVs, consumers will be lapping up this new convertible.
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