Range Rover Evoque Convertible Gets the ‘Green Light’ for Production
Land Rover has long been speculating whether it should go ahead and start producing the Range Rover Evoque Convertible whose concept had debuted in 2012. However, current reports from the British publication What Car? has confirmed that the Range Rover Convertible that has gained a lot of popularity over time, is about to enter the production phase in 2013. Although the confirmation has been received from an anonymous source, but it is good news to hear that the production version of the automobile would be identical to that represented in the concept.
The article about the Land Rover having given the green signal to the Range Rover Evoque is yet to be corroborated by the publication as the Jaguar Land Rover spokesman who refused to accept any truth to the rumour.
The concept form of the Evoque convertible was displayed at the Geneva Auto Show last year and it drew a lot of rave reviews there. However, the design fraternity did not give it a unanimous ‘thumbs up’ as the concept lacked the forceful roofline that is an inherent styling detail of the Evoque. If manufactured, the Evoque would have one strong competitor- the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet as well as the BMW 4-Series Convertible and the Audi TT Roadster that are also in the making.
The original concept of the Range Rover Evoque convertible is based on the triple door version of the SUV which would feature an automatic folding soft top.
Both the all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-driver- would be available which would feature either diesel or gasoline engines. Also recently announced is the nine-speed automatic which would be the other new enhancement for the Range Rover Evoque line-up.
The roof would be made in fabric and automatically operated and the folding roof hardware would ensure that it offers a clean top-down appearance.
The convertible would be providing a similar 240-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission just like the regular automobile and the development of the nine-speed automatic transmission is still underway and would eventually benefit both the performance and economy of the convertible SUV.
According to Edmunds from What Car?: The Evoque has gained a lot of popularity with more than 22 thousand vehicles sold ever since the model was unveiled in 2012 and it is expected that the new convertible would help the sales gain further momentum.