With spring in the air, maybe it’s time to ride with the top down? Jaguar Land Rover has chosen a very appropriate time to unveil the eagerly-anticipated Range Rover Evoque Convertible – the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible – at the South African Festival of Motoring in Johannesburg at the end of August.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible will go on sale in South Africa from October 2016 and the starting price is R1 002 400. Described as a car for “all seasons,” by Land Rover design director and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern, the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible combines the bold design and refinement of the Evoque with comprehensive specification and a sophisticated folding roof.
The distinctive shape of the original Range Rover Evoque lends itself to an elegant convertible design and the new model sits at the pinnacle of the Evoque portfolio as one of the most exclusive and capable convertibles in the world.
The lightweight fabric hood stows in only 18 seconds and can be raised in 21 seconds, at speeds of up to 48 km/h. The fabric roof is the longest and widest currently fitted to any vehicle on sale today. There’s space for four adults and features a 251-litre boot and ski hatch.
It also debuts Land Rover’s all-new next-generation InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a high-resolution
10.2-inch touchscreen. Raising the standard of connectivity for the brand, the highly-responsive and super-fast infotainment system offers seamless smartphone integration, door-to-door navigation, premium sound system as well as wireless and 3G connectivity.
“Its uniquely distinctive design and world-class engineering adds another dimension to the Range Rover family, further enhancing its desirability and appeal,” says McGovern. This comes off the back of predictions that the global SUV market is forecast to grow by 20 percent over the next five years.
Safety is also not overlooked. A Roll-Over Protection device featuring deployable rollover bars hidden in the rear bodywork deploys two aluminium bars within 90 milliseconds in the unlikely event of a rollover situation to create a survival space for occupants.
The Evoque Convertible is powered by Land Rover’s four-cylinder turbocharged petrol, producing 177 kW and 340 N.m and underpinned by the automaker’s all-terrain capability, combining a nine-speed automatic transmission, Terrain Response system, Wade Sensing and All-Terrain Progress Control. For more information, visit www.landrover.co.za