Evoque Convertible 'approved' for 2014
It was first shown at the Geneva motor show in 2012 as a concept car, and reports earlier this year suggested that full production had been ruled out.
However, What Car? has been told that this is not the case – a company source said: 'The Evoque Convertible now has the green light, it's going to be built.'
Like the concept car, the production version would be based on the three-door Coupe model and will have a fabric roof rather than a folding metal hood. In the past, Land Rover engineers have told What Car? that no major structural changes would be needed to compensate for the lack of a fixed roof.
The Evoque Convertible should share engines and layouts with the existing car, meaning a choice of petrol or diesel as well as two- or four-wheel drive.
What Car? understands that the car will go into production in 2014. The news follows an official announcement earlier this month that more than 220,000 Evoque models have been built in the first two years of production.
The company has previously said that they believe a drop-top Evoque would be a formidable rival to the likes of the Audi TT Roadster and BMW 3 Series Convertible.
By Ed Callow