Land Rover is committed to launch a cabriolet version of the posh Range Rover Evoque crossover and it will go on sale sometime next year, following an expected public debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will obviously be based on the facelifted three-door version and instead of the fixed metal roof it will receive a soft top which will be electrically retractable. When folded, it will be stored in the trunk which has been modified in order to accommodate the roof, so the rear end of the car will look slightly different compared to the standard car.
The Range Rover Evoque Cabrio will be a niche model and according to Land Rover it’s going to be the “world’s premium compact SUV convertible” which will command a serious premium over its three-door fixed roof sibling. Seen here is a prototype going all-out on the Nurburgring and this comes rather as a surprise since the open-top Evoque won’t be acquired by those who go to track days, but Land Rover wants to make sure the car will retain its agility and handling, even though it will be a tad heavier as a result of the more complex roof.
There shouldn’t be any surprises in terms of engines as these will be borrowed from the Evoque facelift, so expect to find the all-aluminum Ingenium TD4 turbodiesel with 150 bhp and 180 bhp while on the gasoline side there should be a Si4 turbo with 240 bhp. It’s not known at this point whether the Evoque Cabrio will get the All-Terrain Progress Control system from the standard Evoque, but we do know it will be offered with adaptive full LED headlights and LED taillights along with a wide array of safety and assistance systems.
It’s too early to tell whether Land Rover will bring the Range Rover Evoque Cabrio to India as it will greatly depend on local demand.