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Land Rover Unveils 2017 Evoque Convertible; Aims For Niche Segment

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On: Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 6:05PM | By: Carl Malek

Land Rover Unveils 2017 Evoque Convertible; Aims For Niche Segment

Looking to appeal to a niche segment of the luxury CUV market, Land Rover has unveiled the 2017 Evoque Convertible. This could herald a new suite of technology updates that will eventually trickle down to other members of the Land Rover lineup when it makes its official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show later this month.

Previously previewed by six realistic wire sculptures, the convertible retains much of the coupe's basic styling profile. However, it is above the belt line that the changes are most prevalent. A power-operated soft top that can be retracted or extended in less than 18 seconds. The top itself was designed by Webasto, and is available only in Ebony Black. The unit folds discreetly away into a compartment located above the cargo area. This is similar to the arraignment seen in the recently axed Nissan Murano convertible.

The interior of the Evoque convertible is also relatively unchanged from the coupe, but the droptop does debut Land Rover's all-new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. Boasting a beefy 10.2-inch color touch screen, the new system is said to be more advanced than prior InControl Touch systems, and is said to include better inputs as well as improved menu ergonomics. The opulent interior offers seating for four with plenty of leather trim scattered throughout. However, overall trunk space retains the coupe's meager dimensions, and checks in at a modest 8.9 cubic feet regardless of whether the top is open or closed. While it is nice that cargo space is largely unaffected by the top mechanism, the tight space does limit capacity, and may turn away some buyers who want to have a decent amount of cargo hauling for their weekend jaunts.

Land Rover engineers didn't make any changes to the performance hardware; the convertible retains the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in other Evoques. Good for 240 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, the engine is bolted to a nine-speed automatic transmission and is capable of producing a modest 7.8 second 0 to 60 mph sprint before topping out at a leisurely 112 mph. While this may disappoint performance-oriented buyers who wanted a dash of muscle to their stylish purchase, it should please buyers who want a convertible that can deliver swift acceleration but retain the smooth ride and supple comfort that they've come to expect from a weekend boulevardier.

The 2017 Land Rover Evoque Convertible is expected to go on sale during the middle half of 2016 with a base MSRP of $50,475. Buyers can see it for themselves at its formal debut at the Los Angles Motor Show, November 20–29. Meanwhile, the company has released a brief video of the convertible in action...

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