Evoque Convertible - Will they make it?

The Range Rover Evoque is an incredibly clever idea, when you think about it.
Combining two of the most desirable classes of car - premium off-roaders and stylish coups - and then selling it for a price just right for tempting people out of their Audi TTs and Mercedes-Benz SLKs, as well as other makers off-roaders, is a masterstroke.
Unfortunately, the Evoque cant do everything. You cant, for example, drop the roof and catch some rays on a sunny day - something you can do in many of the premium roadsters the high-on-style Evoque competes against.
Until the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, that is - because Land Rover will use the show to unveil the Evoque Convertible Concept, and as the name suggests - having a roof over your head will now be optional.
Evoque Convertible rear
It hasnt actually taken much styling to remove the roof, as everything below the door line and forward of the windscreen is identical to the three-door Evoque Coup. That means it keeps the rising waistline, the jewel-like rear light clusters, and the aggressive nose.
Mechanically, it should also be identical to the hard-topped Evoque Coup, save for the Roll Over Protection System to ensure passengers are looked after should the worst happen. The hood folds away completely, to sit in the space normally occupied by the upper portion of the boot. The lower portion is still accessible via the drop-down tailgate.
Inside, the Evoque Convertible Concept gets Lunar and Ivory trim with leather seats, and contrasting ivory stitching. A Meridian sound system provides the tunes, with an 8-inch dual-view touch screen to play with on the dashboard.
While the Causeway Grey paint and 21-inch Titan silver wheels look the part, were not so sure about the overall look of the car. Part of what makes the regular Evoque special is the falling roofline and rising waistline, which while poor for visibility, endow the car with a far sleeker look than any other off-roader.
With no roof - and those huge wheels - the Convertible Concept looks less sleek, and a little heavy-handed.
We may not have to worry though. Despite looking production-ready, Range Rover currently has no plans to put it into production.
Saldy, that means youll have to go back to choosing between the open air in a regular drop-top, or the regular Evoque Coup and 5-door.
Check out our full guide to the Evoque here. With reviews, user reviews, video, photos and stats.
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