2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible Video, First Look

Land Rover may have embarked on something of fool’s errand by borrowing a less-than-successful idea from Nissan.

This British brand has built a drop-top utility vehicle. Their Range Rover Evoque Convertible is something of an Anglo interpretation of the unloved Murano CrossCabriolet.

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But maybe it’s not so insane. Nissan’s offering was decidedly soft but this promises to deliver off-road capability worthy of its Land Rover badge. The vehicle is equipped with standard all-wheel drive in addition to the company’s adjustable Terrain Response system. Also, things like approach and departure angles, ground clearance as well as the ability to ford 20 inches of water mean it’s a cut above other soft-road utilities.

Motivation will be provided by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivering 240 horsepower. A nine-speed automatic transmission routes torque to all four corners. Additionally, a diesel engine will be offered in certain markets, delivering up to 180 PS, which is about 177 ponies.

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Its folding fabric roof can be lowered in just 18 seconds at speeds up to 30 miles an hour. Should the threat of undesirable weather dampen your spirits, it can be summoned once more in just 21 seconds.

Unfortunately, due to roof’s associated componentry storage space is severely hampered. The Evoque Convertible offers less than 9.0 cubic feet of luggage space.

Keeping drivers connected, the company’s latest InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is on the options menu. It offers a gigantic 10.2-inch touchscreen along with navigation, smartphone integration, cellular service and much more.

According to Land Rover this Evoque Convertible is the world’s first drop-top compact luxury SUV. It’s more stylish, capable and, frankly, appealing than the Nissan that came before it. Look for this Range Rover to go on sale in the middle of 2016 with a base price of around $51,000.

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