After having been spotted testing in Europe, Land Rover confirmed it will add a new drop-top variant to the freshened 2016 Range Rover Evoque lineup that's making its debut in Geneva. Set to hit showrooms sometime in next year, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be built alongside the 5-door model at the Land Rover plant in Halewood, England. Although it offered no additional details about what it calls "the world's first premium compact SUV convertible," the announcement was accompanied by images and a video showing a fully camouflaged prototype maneuvering its way through the 26-mile Crossrail tunnel system that runs beneath city of London. 

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In commenting on this underground exercise, Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programs noted: "The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle's all-terrain ability in unchartered territory." Land Rover promises more details about the Range Rover Evoque Convertible later this year, including how many soft-topped Evoques it expects to sell and whether we'll be seeing them here in the U.S. - a market where Nissan's now-deceased Murano CrossCabriolet found few takers during its brief and decidedly unsuccessful 4-year model run. 

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