It was rumoured for a long time that Land Rover was mulling the development of an open-top version of its Range Rover Evoque crossover and now, the British automaker has lifted the wraps off a concept version ahead of its public debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The soft-top convertible concept is based on the three-door Evoque and features a fully retractable roof system with a roll-over protection system. The Evoque’s rising waist line and distinctive shape has been retained and the new convertible body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional rigidity. The hood is housed in a tapered finisher with the roof mechanism stowed below the belt-line.
Inside, the concept is packed with the Evoque’s technology including Terrain Response, surround cameras, Park Assist and class leading infotainment featuring an 8″ dual view touch screen and a sound system from British audio experts, Meridian. The Evoque convertible concept features unique 21″ Titan silver wheels and is finished in a new metallic Causeway Grey paint.
The company declined to mention whether or not the concept would go into production, but hinted that it will ‘explore the potential for the world’s first premium convertible SUV’. If the model is eventually green-lighted, it could reach showrooms by 2014 or 2015.