Range Rover made good on the excellent public reception it got three years ago with its Evoque convertible concept car, and is now putting the car in production for 2017. The company won’t go into details on what it thinks the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible will do volume-wise, in part because it is blown away by the volume that the three and five door hard-top has done. “130,000 per year and 450,000 to date has been a wonder,” notes Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern, who says the convertible is not the last derivative he imagines for the Evoque. The Evoque ragtop will go on sale in mid-2016 starting at $51,470 with destination. Here are some of cool tidbits and need-to-know details about the Evoque convertible.
Drop the top on the go
The cloth convertible top will open or close at speeds up to 30 mph. If you are at a stop light and the skies begin to rumble and sprinkle, go ahead and push the button and take off. We’re not sure how often this feature will be employed in the real world, but, then again, the company does expect to sell some Evoque convertibles in England and Seattle.
A true four-seat convertible
The backseat is surprisingly roomy. A 6 ‘5” colleague managed to fit in the backseat, along with a more averaged-sized colleague of normal height and weight. They were not only comfortable, but as the top came up and closed, our lanky friend said he only just barely felt the top touch his hair.
Junk in the trunk
You can fit two full-sized golf bags in the back of the three- and five-door Evoque models, but you will only get one in the back of the convertible, and that is only if you angle the bag in and then turn it sideways. That was a must-have in the car, but your friend’s bag is going to have to go in the backseat. There is a pass-through for a set of skis, though, from the trunk to the backseat. There is no less trunk storage when the top is up.
Off-road capability isn’t compromised
Range Rover says there is no sacrifice on the Evoque’s all-terrain capability with the roof cut off. When engineering the torsional rigidity on the drop-top, they made sure not to curb any of the Evoque’s rugged aspects in terms of what it could tow, or where it could go.
It holds your six-pack in place
Lift up the trunk floor cover and there is a cut-out that just happens to be the perfect outline of a case of beer. Range Rover is a British brand, but they expect to sell a lot of these in Germany where the case cutout is mandatory. Could be that some U.S. buyers will appreciate the feature as well.