Land Rover has taken the wraps off the highly anticipated Range Rover Evoque convertible. The convertible version of the highly successful Evoque gets a conventional soft top fabric roof which if controlled by a set of electric motors. Although the original Land Rover Series 1 and several Defender models have always been available with a soft top version, the Evoque convertible is Land Rover’s first ever convertible vehicle with an electrically operated roof.
The fully-automated roof stows away in a special compartment in 18 seconds, and can be raised in 21 seconds, at speeds up to 50kmph. When closed, Land Rover claims that it provides the standards of refinement and acoustic insulation ensuring interior comfort that is offered by a standard hard top version of the Evoque.
With a higher centre of gravity as compared to normal convertibles, there have been concerns of safety with the Range Rover Evoque especially when it comes to roll over safety. To make sure their passengers are as safe as possible, the Evoque convertible comes with a Roll-Over Protection Device which is essentially two aluminum bars within the bodywork that deploy within 90miliseconds if it detects danger making a survivable space for the passangers.
The Range Rover Evoque convertible is available with both a petrol and a diesel engine. Although the car is expected to make it to India, expect Land Rover to bring very limited number of units. Expect prices to be somewhere around the Rs 1 Crore mark.