There’s not much to say about 2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible apart from: they’re actually making it. You don’t see compact crossover convertibles every day, not even as concepts in auto shows. While we don’t expect it to beat conventional model’s sales, it still doesn’t have any true competition which might sway some new buyers towards Landy badge.
The engine range
Just like it is the case with regular, hardtop crossovers, Evoque convertible will offer a single engine, at least in the states. 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder should continue to make 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Front or all-wheel drive will be offered together with 9-speed automatic gearbox, while overseas markets should offer 6-speed manual unit and 2.2L turbo diesel engine.
|Specs & Features|
|Horsepower @ RPM||240|
|Torque @ RPM||250|
|0-60 time||8 sec. (Est.)|
|Top Speed||135 mph (Est.)|
|Layout||Front Engine; AWD|
Design – Inside and Outside look
Compared to 2012 concept car, 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t differ that much. Of course, crossover has just gone through a mid-cycle refresh, but this doesn’t change the overall design. Main differences are roofs. Convertible, of course, gets soft top which will fit behind the cabin and leave very little room for cargo when lowered. Furthermore, convertible Evoque will be offered exclusively in 3-door, 2+2 seat version.
New model’s front fascia has been reworked, but changes aren’t radical. Slightly different grille, more contemporary headlamps and new position for foglights upon, otherwise same inserts. There’s nothing new in midsection department, while rear end gets new, beefier bumper. Convertible also gets a small wing spoiler at its overhang which emerges when the top gets down.
As far as its interior goes, there won’t be any changes compared to 2016 year model of regular Evoque. Small cabin still offers plenty of room for four, and it is decorated in Landy’s trademark fashion. Evoque might be close to the bottom of the range, but it still manages to decorate its cabin on a high note, and thanks to soft top, you get to show off from now on. All convertibles will be fitted with leather seats and soft materials in rest of the cabin. 8-inch touch screen display is also standard from the get-go, while audio comes from 11-speaker Meridian sound system.
Top grades upgrade this to 17 speakers with surround sound and 825 watts of power. They also get standard hard drive and navigation system, together with heated front and rear seats and heated steering wheel. Safety features are also impressive, and Evoque convertible will offer you surround view camera, parking assist, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible Price
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, mainly thanks to 9-speed gearbox. Base models are in the range between $41,000 and $49,000, while convertibles will likely cost a few thousands more to begin with.
The biggest competitor is the new Nissan Murano Crosscabriolet.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be an interesting addition, no doubt about it. This isn’t some conventional vehicle. This is definitely an oddball, but this oddball is capable both on pavement and off the roads, plus it gives you high level of refinement and more car-like than SUV-like ride.