Land Rover is boldly going where no other premium brand has ventured before: making a convertible SUV. Of course, it’s not completely virgin territory since Nissan until recently offered the Murano CrossCabriolet, a model that’s been the butt of many, many well-deserved jokes. One might think that Jaguar Land Rover management has been pouring a little too much Bailey’s in their tea.
While at first glance anyone might be forgiven for thinking that the Land Rover is like the Nissan, closer examination disproves such a knee-jerk reaction. Some might remember that a couple of years the Brits rolled out a concept version of the Evoque Convertible, and even back then it looked good enough to roll into a dealership showroom, which provides tremendous hope for this new SUV.
Few drop-top models can get through even somewhat rugged terrain or snow-packed roads, making them less practical for certain consumers to own. Land Rover provides a vehicle that could be a solid hit in snowy areas, plus places where wool sweaters are worn when the mercury dips below 60 degrees.
Details about the Evoque Convertible are scant right now. It looks to be reasonably good at off-roading, but not nearly as proficient as the Discovery, but few vehicles are. For now everyone is left to stare in wonder at the camouflaged picture of the model while waiting for more information to be released sometime in the near future.
You can see the Range Rover Evoque Convertible in action in the video below. Land Rover took the vehicle to Crossrail, where the driver and SUV were tested in many ways. The video proves that the chopped top doesn’t make the vehicle any softer when it comes to performance, meaning it can be used for far more than cruising mall parking lots (even if that’s what owners ultimately do with it).