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Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept is stunning

By Rigval on 27 Feb 2012

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A few of my friends recently test drove the 2012 Range Rover Evoque and most of them basically decided that those that decided to save SG$20,000 or thereabouts for the BMW X3 or the Audi Q5 must have been either mad or simply too 'poor' to afford that extra amount asked by Range Rover for the Evoque. The car is totally 'worth' the SG$260,000 in terms of looks and its interior appointments. It looks stunning in the flesh and is one of those cars that one yearn to own. If one could afford it of course.

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Anyway, what owners of Range Rover, Land Rover has done is come up with another stunning Evoque, in a chunky Tonka toy sort of way the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept. This concept car will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, a motor show that is extremely popular with most European manufacturers when it comes to wanting to make an impact. If public impact is good when the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is previewed it may end up going into production.

I hope it does as it is stunning. It isn't a convertible in the normal sense as it is based on something tall and off-roady in nature. But think army Willys Jeep, a Suzuki Jimny in soft top or a Land Rover Defender 90 in army spec. It actually works if you look it in that way. Think of the Evoque Convertible as a SUV based on the vehicles above but with a very plush interior (and very stylish non-boxy exterior).

But while Land Rover will be pleased if the Evoque Convertible is widely received the company already has its order books full for the normal 3 door and 5 door Evoque. 50,000 units have been built and there are 60,000 units on order worldwide and if Land Rover decides to produce the Evoque Convertible, it may cause those waiting for the normal Evoque to cancel their orders and wait for this more special version. Of course some would not change their minds as a convertible is a very niche vehicle and not many may end up buying a niche vehicle regardless of how good it looks. Anyway, Land Rover must do some number crunching if it does bring this variant into production.

But if produced the Evoque Convertible will basically be a soft top convertible that seats four. The roof electric and it will have roll-over protection system like those in those Mercedes Benz convertibles. It will also have all the regular Evoque's systems and technology including the pretty good Terrain Response. If produced if could cost up to 15% more than the regular Evoque. A slight price to pay for stunning looks and some extra exclusivity.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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