We know. The convertible SUV is odd, but anything new and different usually is. In an age where car manufacturers all seem to be following the same trends, the convertible Evoque is a welcome change of pace.
The Evoque is Land Rover’s compact SUV that combines technology, power, and practicality into a trifecta of automotive elegance. It’s on this base that the convertible is built.
But the changes aren’t too severe. Apart from the loss of the roof, the exterior of the Evoque has remained fairly consistent. The same can be said for the interior, which is equipped with premium leather seats and Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system displayed on 10.2-inch screen.
The convertible will also keep the same 240 horsepower four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic transmission as the 2014 Evoque, which will power an all-wheel drivetrain. From the 2014, we can also infer that it’s packing a 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds and a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg. That is, as long as losing the roof doesn’t dramatically increase the Evoque’s drag.
One of the major differences is presented in the rear storage, which is reduced in order to make room for the stow-away convertible top. The Evoque still has a storage compartment with 8.9 cubic feet of space, and an opening in the back seats to allow storage of longer objects.
You’ll be able to drop the top at speeds of 30 mph or less, and it only takes about 18 seconds to stow completely. Rather than stacking up on the back of the vehicle, the top folds down inside a compartment in the rear, sitting flush with the vehicle’s beltline. We think this really preserves the exterior styling of the Evoque.
The convertible Evoque will start at $51,470, with plenty of optional upgrades. If you’re interested in learning more about it, be sure to check our blog updates or give us a call at the dealership. We’re not exactly sure when they’ll be rolling in, but we’re excited to see them when they do.