Range Rover Evoque Convertible confirmed

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be made and will go on sale in 2016

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A convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in 2016, Land Rover has confirmed.

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible has been revealed ahead of an official debut at the Geneva motor show. The manufacturer has also revealed images of a test car being driven through the tunnels of the Crossrail project currently being built beneath London.

The car’s existence confirms an open secret that Land Rover has been preparing a convertible version of the Evoque, having first shown a concept version of such a model in 2012. What Car? also reported in 2013 that the convertible had been given the green light, but this is the first official confirmation of it going on sale.

The production Evoque Convertible will be built at Land Rover’s Halewood plant alongside the five-door and three-door coupe versions. It will join the range not long after the facelifted Evoque, which is also being revealed for the first time at the Geneva show.

There are no further details on the Evoque just yet, with Land Rover saying more information will be revealed later this year. This may include information on the convertible's off-road ability and how it compares to the standard car. Engineers will also have worked to solve any issues with body rigidity and handling which have arisen through the loss of the Evoque’s roof.

The facelifted Evoque range features new LED headlight designs and a refreshed engine line-up, including four-cylinder diesel units from Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium range.

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