2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible unveiled in L.A.
After months of tease images showing it in various terrains and states of camouflage, the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The first-ever convertible SUV in the Range Rover lineup, this new drop top retains all of the basic functional charm of the Evoque Coupe on which it's based but tosses in some new touches highlighted by the debut of the Land Rover InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with available Connected Navigation.
Convertible style, coupe capability
Available in SE Dynamic and XSE Dynamic trims here in the U.S., the Evoque Convertible is distinguished by its more aggressive front/rear fascias and unique alloy wheels as well as LED fog lamps and body-color side skirts on the upline model. Crowning both versions is an Ebony Black power-actuated, fully lined fabric soft top that can be deployed at speeds up to 30 mph. Cycling time is 18 seconds down/21 seconds up and while Convertible's rear seatbacks are fixed, cargo capacity remains at 8.9 cu ft in either configuration. The design also incorporates a Roll-over Protection Device that consists of two aluminum bars that can pop-up an lock into place in just 90 milliseconds.
The new Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be available in the U.S. with one powertrain: the familiar 240-horsepower/2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline 4-cylinder mated to a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission. Like the Coupe, the cabrio comes with Active Driveline that can switch between front and all-wheel drive as traction conditions demand. The vehicle is also equipped with Torque Vectoring by Braking and a multi-mode Terrain Response system that can be augmented in the HSE-spec model with a full suite of driver-assist technologies. Even though structural modifications that ensure the vehicle maintains the same integrity and dynamic character as its hard-shell sibling add about 270 pounds to the Convertible's curb weight, the 0-60-mph sprint is still projected at a respectable 7.8 seconds.
New InControl Touch Pro infotainment system
Although sharing much of its interior design with the Evoque Coupe, the new Convertible seats only four. Leather upholstery, power front seats, a Meridian audio system and ambient lighting add charm to the cabin, which also includes the first application of Land Rover's new InControl Touch Pro infotainment package. Latest adjunct to the Land Rover InControl suite of technologies, it features a 10.2-inch capacitive touch screen and SSD technology for faster operation. This setup also supports smartphone-like swipe/pinch inputs as well as optional Connected Navigation that brings InControl Wi-Fi with a 3G hotspot capable of serving eight devices.
The 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible will arrive in dealers in mid-2016. Full pricing has not yet been released, but Land Rover has confirmed this new SUV will start at $51,470.
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