A really bizarre drop-top SUV was presented at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show by Jaguar Land Rover. The 2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible is unlike any other SUV on the market because of its unique styling.
While drop-top SUVs and crossovers are a rarity these days, Range Rover does have expertise in this field and has drawn on this in developing the Evoque Convertible. The car is unsurprisingly based around the three-door Evoque and uses the same chassis. But due to the additional strengthening measures employed, the Evoque Convertible weighs 270 kg more than the hardtop.
At launch, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be offered with two engines across Europe. The entry-level model comes fitted with the Ingenium 2.0-litre TD4 diesel engine delivering 178 hp and most importantly, returning 5.1-litres per 100 km and just 149 g/km of CO2 emissions. Additionally, a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is offered in Europe, and the sole engine in North America, with 240 hp on tap and mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels.
Remains to be seen which category of customers this new Range Rover will suit.