Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept on display at Geneva Motor Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Concept vehicles don't necessarily go into production - quite often, they're largely for show. This allows automakers the chance to be more daring, and that's what Land Rover has done with its Ranger Rover Evoque Convertible Concept.

Introduced at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept is essentially a two-door Evoque devoid of its hardtop roof. Touted as the world's first premium convertible sport utility vehicle, the four-seat Evoque Convertible Concept instead uses a soft-top, fully retractable roof and a roll over protection system to ensure safety.

"We believe that the Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. From a pure design perspective, we have used Evoque's dramatic shape to create a distinctive and highly desirable proposition," said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director.

At the moment, Range Rover has no intention of of taking the Evoque Convertible Concept into production. Instead, the British automaker will assess public reaction and feedback to this concept vehicle.

If it does go into production, expect this convertible to be powered by the same 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine as the original Evoque compact sport utility, which was introduced last year. The 240 horsepower engine comes mated to a 6-speed transmission, and the Evoque also has such off-road technologies as roll stability control, hill start assist and hill descent control with gradient release control.

Other features include an eight-inch touchscreen display and a standard 380-Watt, 11-speaker sound system which would be great for roaming through the countryside or cruising around town in this drop-top Range Rover.

While some automotive enthusiasts may think of a convertible sport utility vehicle as a disingenuous concept, consider that some of the most prolific and pioneering sport utilities share the Evoque Convertible Concept's drop-top layout: These vehicles include the Willys MB Jeep of 1941 and Land Rover's own Series 1 of 1948. In this sense, the Evoque Convertible Concept is a return to convention.
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Topics: Convertible, SUV, Range Rover, 2012, Evoque Convertible Concept,

Geographic location: Geneva

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