LR Fesses Up to Production-Intent Evoque Convertible Prototype
Compact Range Rover Soft Top Coming Next Year
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) revealed that it would put a version of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible concept into production through a YouTube video today, showing the camouflaged prototype playing in the Crossrail tunnels under London.
“The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory,” said Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover Programmes. The stunt hearkened back to the reveal of the original Evoque in 2011, which was driven through Edge Hill Tunnel in Liverpool.
The company was mum on details about the Evoque convertible, only saying that it would be built in Halewood, England, alongside the Evoque five-door and Evoque Coupe. Although the ’vert shown in the video is covered with a digital camouflage wrap, it’s fair to expect styling that’s nearly exactly the same as the three-door Evoque, at least from the beltline down. That means the convertible will get the same styling changes as its more conventional siblings, which will get a facelift for 2016.
Otherwise, we expect the convertible’s styling to remain faithful to the concept shown three years ago at the Geneva International Motor Show. JLR has done an excellent job transitioning its vehicles from concept to production with minor changes, preserving their vehicles’ stunning, show-car styling for the road. For proof, look at the Land Rover LRX concept, which eventually became the Evoque with only minor alterations.
The company promises more details on its convertible before its release next year, likely as a 2017 model. As for us, we’ll be hoping it’ll be available with an Ingenium diesel engine, as an oil-burning convertible soft-roader might take the sting out of the fact that the Wrangler diesel isn’t available in the U.S.
Source: Land Rover