Land Rover is just about ready to show us their first ever Range Rover Evoque Cabrio, but until next month’s proper introduction, they now have released a new teaser featuring six wireframe scale models exhibited in central London, UK. These were made by the company’s design team and are actually 1:1 models that accurately show the design of the convertible crossover. As you can see, these have several vibrant colors and are manufactured from aluminum.
What to expect from the Range Rover Evoque Cabrio? Well, it’s based on the three-door version and will eschew the fixed metal roof in favor of an electrically retractable soft top to create what Land Rover describes as being the “world's first premium compact SUV convertible.” This is will certainly be a niche model and we are very curious to find out how many people will actually buy an open-top crossover taking into account the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet was a flop in terms of sales.
Aside from the obvious roof change, the body of the car will remain just about the same, albeit with some changes in the rear end as the trunk had to be reshaped in order to store the fabric roof when it’s folded down.
The engine lineup is pretty much known since it will be sourced from the regular Evoque facelift, so expect a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel with 150 bhp & 380 Nm and 180 bhp & 430 Nm of torque. There’s also going to be a punchy 2.0-liter gasoline turbocharged mill with 240 bhp & 340 Nm. Depending on engine selection, customers will be able to pick between a six-speed manual transmission and a nine-speed automatic gearbox which will send the motor’s power to the front axle or to the optional all-wheel drive setup.
Set to be unveiled in full next month, the Range Rover Evoque Cabrio will cost significantly more than the equivalent three-door Evoque and will likely go on sale at the beginning of 2016, so deliveries should kick off in time for next summer.