Land Rover is closing on a decision to produce a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque, to coincide with a facelift for the 2015 model.
Company boss John Edwards told What Car? in September 2013 that he is ‘keen’ on the idea of putting the Evoque Convertible into production but admitted he still hadn’t given the green light to the project. Since then there has been no official comment on the project, but it is considered 'likely' to be built by company insiders.
A concept version was first shown at the Geneva motor show in 2012 to garner opinion on the car, which would have no direct rival. Edwards admitted a production convertible would help keep the Evoque line-up fresh and continue to attract new customers to Land Rover.
Like the concept car, the production version would be based on the three-door coupe model, and have a fabric roof rather than a folding metal hood. Previously, Land Rover engineers have told What Car? that no major structural changes would be needed to compensate for not using a fixed roof.
Senior company sources revealed that if the convertible was produced it could go on sale as soon as 2015, possibly to coincide with a facelifted Range Rover Evoque, set to be launched next year.
These revisions include mild exterior styling changes, particularly to the front bumper. The 2015 Evoque will also be fitted with Jaguar Land Rover's latest range of efficient 'Ingenium' engines, which are due to be fitted into the Land Rover Discovery Sport and new Jaguar XE compact executive saloon.