“The Evoque’s elegant design proportions lend themselves to the creation of a Convertible, and it’s fitting to reveal the vehicle against the backdrop of one of the world’s leading centres for art and design education here in the creative hub of London,” Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern said.
Full details on the new model are still to be revealed, although Land Rover promises a comfortable four-seat interior and a “proper” 251-litre boot with a ski hatch through the centre of the second row.
Land Rover says the Evoque Convertible’s fabric roof, which can be raised in 21 seconds at speeds up to 50km/h and stows away in 18 seconds, is the longest and widest “currently fitted to any vehicle on sale today”.
The roof also also boasts a layer of acoustic insulation designed to boost interior comfort. And, even when stowed away, the roof’s storage space leaves the 251-litre boot capacity unaffected.
A roll-over protection system is also in place, with deployable bars hidden in the rear bodywork. The aluminium bars appear within 90 milliseconds in “the unlikely event” of a roll-over situation.
The new model will be offered with Si4 petrol and the company’s new Ingenium diesel engines, with SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic trim grades confirmed.
A new 10.2-inch touchscreen will also feature, although it is unclear if this will be offered in both model grades.