What To Expect From The Range Rover Evoque Convertible
We all seem to want the size and look of a 4x4 but with the costs and ease about town of a regular car, manufacturers were happy to oblige and so was born the compact SUV. Now one manufacturer is taking the compact SUV sector to a whole new level, with the imminent arrival of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
At first look it seems like a whole mish mash of ideas all rolled into one car so will it work? I’m guessing with our diverse and unpredictable weather here in the UK it’s going to be a massive hit. Imagine the winter roads full of potholes, puddles, ice and snow, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will glide with ease over any terrain. Now imagine being able to enjoy a rare, warm and dry summer day in the exact same car, simply pop the top down and embrace those rare sunbeams.
Could we finally be prepared for whatever the great British weather throws our way? Have Range Rover created the ultimate vehicle for all seasons?
Due to be released in spring 2016, here at Rivervale we have all the info on what you can expect from the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
The roof will be made of fabric and is known as a Z roof for the way it folds down. Operating the roof couldn’t be simpler, a push of a button on the centre console is all it takes. Lowering the roof will take 18 seconds to complete, to raise it again is a lengthier 21 seconds. These timings won’t add a single second to your journey though, as the roof will operate when the vehicle is in motion up to 30 mph.
Fabric is the chosen material for the roof to keep the weight of the vehicle down. In the diesel version of the Evoque Convertible this still adds an extra 277 kg on the scales. Going roof free means a little compensation in the boot department. To fit in the roof mechanism the boot capacity will be reduced to 251 litres, when this is compared to the Coupes 420 litres it is a substantial loss. But fear not, there is a load through hatch in the boot giving access to the rear seats to provide extra storage space for longer items.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible will come with a choice of 2 engines from the Ingenium range, a 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel engine with 177bhp and the 2.0 litre four cylinder Si4 petrol engine with 237 bhp.
The extra weight has had a slight impact on speed, with the diesel engine travelling 0-62 mph in 10.3 seconds compared to the Coupe’s impressive 9 seconds. Fuel economy has taken a bit of a battering too, reducing to 49.6 mpg in comparison to the Coupe’s 57.6 mpg. A slight increase on emissions has also occurred with the new Convertible producing 149 g/km whereas the Coupe produces 129 g/km.
Range Rover are keen to ensure the Convertible Evoque performs just as well as any other Range Rover off road so 4WD comes as standard along with Terrain Response, All Terrain Progress Control, Hill Decent Control, Hill Start Assist and Water Sense Functioning that allows the vehicle to drive through water up to 500 mm deep.
Although there will be 2 trim levels HSE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic Lux all of this will come as standard; 10.2” touchscreen, InControl Touch Pro System, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Electronically Adjustable and Heated Leather Trimmed Front Seats, 380w 10 Speaker Meridian Sound System, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Rollover protection – bars hidden away will deploy within 90 milliseconds in the event of a roll.
Prices will begin at £47,500
What do you think - the perfect year round vehicle or one car trying to achieve way too much?
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10 November 2015
Written by Natalie Faughy