Back in 2011 Nissan got pretty ambitious and unveiled to the world a drop-top version of the Nissan Murano called the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. It continued on being sold with no refreshes or upgrades until 2014 when Nissan announced that it was killing off the model due to poor sales. Lesson learned, right?
Well, maybe not. Land Rover has decided to add some fuel to the convertible crossover segment with a concept that made its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It’s 2017 and the new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible is finally here and on sale.
Will it meet the same fate as the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet? While we may think that the Range Rover Evoque Convertible could catch on as a niche model, it will be up to the market decide. However, until that happens, we spent some time with the Evoque Convertible to see what this drop-top is all about.
The easiest way to explain the exterior of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible that it is basically the standard crossover model with the roof removed.
Range Rover has opted for a cloth top to keep the curb weight of the vehicle as low as possible. The soft top can be dropped in just eighteen seconds and raised back in just 21 seconds. You can operate the top at speeds of up to 30 mph but please be extra careful when doing so.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is not meant to be a utility vehicle but rather a niche vehicle that is catering to those that want some posh style in their lives. We really don’t see off-roaders or those looking to carry cargo flocking towards this drop-dip crossover, but those that want to cruise down Hollywood or Rodeo drive would definitely enjoy parking one of these in their driveway.
The 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible sits on a wheelbase that measures 104.7 inches with an overall length of 172 inches. The width comes in at 78 inches and the height comes in at 63.1 inches. If you would like to do some light off-roading, you may want to note that the approach angle comes in at 25 degrees and the departure angle comes in at 33 degrees. Looking to carry some cargo? Well, you’ll only get 8.8 cubic feet because the cloth top needs the extra cargo room.
Overall, we think that Land Rover team did a great job in designing the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. It definitely looks very stylish and luxurious.
The main difference between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is pretty obvious – it’s missing a roof!
On the base Range Rover Evoque SE base model, the standard convenience options include push-button start, 12-Way Electric front seats with memory – driver and passenger’s seat adjustment, Bluetooth phone and audio, USB/AUX connectivity, and the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen. It also comes with a long list of driver assist features which we’ll get into later.
All in all, the cabin of the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible is quite comfortable and luxurious. You notice the attention to detail and high-quality material but overall, there is something to say about riding in a crossover with the top down. It really feels liberating.
We don’t expect you to go off-roading or to the track so the engine option here is pretty simple. Like the regular crossover, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine making a total of 240 horsepower with a maximum torque of 250 lb-ft. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible can run from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.
Fuel economy-wise, the Evoque Convertible manages to squeeze out an EPA-rating of 20/28 mpg* (city/highway).
Besides the standard safety features, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible offers a range of driver assist systems including a rearview camera, hill start assist, full park assist, front parking aid, cruise control, proximity sensors, blind spot notification, lane departure monitoring, and more.
So who is the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible made for? Utility and practicality aren’t the main wants for a new car shopper looking at this vehicle. At the end of the day, it targets a very small group of car shoppers who are really looking to make a statement. Prices for the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible start at $52,000**. Stop by your local AutoNation-affiliated Land Rover dealer today for a test drive.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.