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Land Rover Launches World’s First Luxury Compact SUV Convertible

Land Rover Launches World’s First Luxury Compact SUV Convertible
Land Rover Launches World’s First Luxury Compact SUV Convertible

Land Rover has unveiled the Evoque Convertible, billed as the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible.

The soft-top Evoque combines the British carmaker’s crossover SUV with a folding roof to create what it describes as "a no compromise, all-season convertible".

A Z-fold mechanism laying flush with the rear bodywork is used for the fabric roof, which is also claimed to be a world record for its length and width. It can be stowed in 18 seconds and raised in 21 seconds, including at speeds of up to 48km/h.

The Evoque Convertible will be offered only in higher Dynamic and Dynamic HSE trim levels, powered by either the new 178bhp 2.0-litre TD4 Ingenium diesel or the 237bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine.

Other notable features include a high-resolution 25cm touchscreen with Jaguar Land Rover’s next-generation infotainment system, InControl Touch Pro, offering smartphone integration, door-to-door navigation, 3G connectivity and a premium sound system.

The Evoque Convertible will go on sale from next spring, with prices starting at £47,500.