DROP-TOP EVOQUE: The new Range Rover Evoque convertible could make its debut later in 2015. Image: Automedia
Land Rover will make surprising addition to its Range Rover Evoque line-up – a convertible 4x4. It seems the cabriolet concept shown at the 2012 Geneva auto show will become a reality later in 2015.
Our spyguys captured the new Range Rover Evoque convertible being tested and their images reveal that the car will use a powered fabric roof and retain styling from the concept.
HEADED FOR GOODWOOD
There’s a nod towards the full-size Range Rover Sport in its drop-down tailgate and its top folds away beneath a flush-fitting cover. The production version could debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England in June, reports Automedia.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Range Rover Evoque convertible
Despite its foldable top, Land Rover maintains its convertible Evoque's body is rigid enough for serious off-roading.
Land Rover has developed its own rollover protection system that, the automaker says, won’t pop up in error in extreme off-roading - we presume they mean when one more wheels leave the ground.
With the Evoque approaching its fourth birthday in 2015 it’s likely a minor refresh of the range could coincide with the launch of the convertible. Expect the current 2.2-litre diesel to be replaced by the new two-litre Ingenium diesel as it will be in the Evoque’s sister car, the new SA-bound Land Rover Discovery Sport which comes off the same production line.