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Land Rover has built the world’s first luxury SUV convertible.
When the Range Rover Evoque was launched back in 2011, its combination of concept car looks and a premium feel brought something new to the small SUV class. Now, though, there are plenty of rivals including the Porsche Macan, BMW X4
This brings something new to the market, though. It’s the Evoque Convertible – the only car of its kind currently on sale. Designed to broaden the SUV’s kudos with the kind of young up-and-comers that the standard car targets. Central to its appeal is a roof that drops in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph.
The Convertible can be had with Land Rover’s new generation 178hp diesel engine while, for more pace, there’s a 237hp petrol engine. There’s also the option to specify a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Land Rover only offers the Evoque in high-end trims, so all models come with xenon headlights, a Meridian stereo, leather upholstery, sat-nav and huge 20-inch alloy wheels.
Land Rover has used the arrival of the Convertible to introduce a host of new tech to the car, starting with the latest InControl Touch Pro system with its super-wide 10.2-inch touchscreen and 3G Internet connectivity.
As well as providing navigation and access to the Meridian-supplied sound system, InControl includes various apps that can work on smartphones, plus remote tracking and a Wi-Fi hotspot. However, Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is still “a little way off”.
New all-LED headlights have been added, along with autonomous emergency braking to prevent slow speed nose to tail shunts and the latest driver assistance technology.
Land Rover is further stressing the car’s luxury credentials with leather seats on all models, plus personalisation options including the ability to have your own name inscribed in the treadplates.
On road in some of the best convertibles, you can still feel the chassis flex slightly as you hit a pothole. The Evoque Convertible stayed resolutely silent as we went across dips and up slopes, with no signs of the rattles or creaks that, frankly, we might have expected.
It proves Land Rover has done a good job retaining the structural rigidity of the Evoque, which bodes well for on-road handling as well as safety.