Officially presented as a vehicle meant to "explore the potential for a premium convertible SUV," the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept debuts in Geneva to gauge public response for a possible -- but not certain - extension of the already successful Evoque line. Based on a production model Evoque Coupe, this al fresco variation is finished in a new Causeway Grey Metallic paint set off by 21-inch "Titan" silver alloy wheels. True to character, it retains virtually all of the basic go-anywhere capability of its closed sibling, but offers a fully-retractable power soft top that tucks neatly away in a bay designed to maintain the Evoque's signature visual character. A drop-down tailgate allows easy access to the aft storage area and to enhance passenger protection, the Evoque Convertible Concept also features a Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) that automatically deploys a pair of pop-up hoops behind the rear seats to counter any worst-case scenario.
In describing the genesis of this intriguing Concept, Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern noted: "The Range Rover Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. This study is not a traditional convertible design execution. Instead we have worked with the balance of the Range Rover Evoque's lines to retain its distinctive shape and create something that is unique and, we believe, highly desirable."
Inside the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept offers seating for four, with the cabin rendered in Lunar and Ivory perforated leather. In addition to all of the standard Evoque's creature features -- including Land Rover's trick Terrain Response system -- this sun-running SUV in the making also boasts an 8-inch touch screen central display, an array of surround-view cameras and a custom premium sound system developed by British audio experts, Meridian.
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said: "The Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept is a new twist to the Range Rover Evoque story and explores the potential to further extend the nameplate's appeal by giving existing customers more choice, whilst at the same time reaching out to a completely new customer base. We are excited to see the response to this concept as we assess the potential for building on the Range Rover Evoque's exceptional success so far."