LONDON -- A convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque has been spotted during road testing. A Evoque convertible would give Land Rover a lead over German premium rivals BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz by creating a niche where they have no competitor.
Land Rover first hinted at plans for a softtop version of its global best-seller when it revealed the Evoque Convertible Concept at the 2012 Geneva show (see photo, below). At the time the automaker described the car as the world’s first premium convertible SUV.
The spy photos of the SUV suggest the Land Rover has carried over a lot from the concept, such as its fabric roof and two-door layout. The concept had four seats with a rollover protection system to shield occupants in the event of a crash.
Land Rover sources said the Evoque convertible will not debut at the Geneva auto show, refuting press reports that the model would be unveiled at the show on March 3.