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The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible.

Positioned at the pinnacle of the Evoque portfolio, the new convertible enhances the desirability of the Evoque family, taking the Land Rover brand to a new audience of customers looking for a unique combination of roof-down luxury and refinement. Available in two luxurious specifications – SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic – the Evoque Convertible provides a four-seat interior, Jaguar Land Rover’s next-generation infotainment system, InControl Touch Pro and unrivalled all-terrain convertible capability.

The Evoque Convertible retains the elegant design proportions of the five-door and coupé derivatives with its acoustically-lined fabric hood open or closed. Interior volume and luggage capacity also remains highly versatile, regardless of the roof’s position. Underlining Evoque Convertible’s position at the top-of-the-range, customers can choose from luxurious SE Dynamic or HSE Dynamic specification. In both cases, the convertible features a deeper, more aggressive front bumper with enlarged air intakes and slimline LED fog lights (HSE Dynamic only). Body-coloured side skirts visually lower the vehicle while the dynamic rear bumper houses distinctive twin exhaust outlets.

A dynamic front grille with enlarged geometric mesh area, vent surrounds and a selection of 11 alloy wheel designs and finishes, ranging from 17- to 20-inches adds further design differentiation. The all-new alloy wheel designs are available for 18-, 19- and 20-inch fitments.

At night, an eye-catching puddle-lamp graphic is projected from the base of the door mirrors. Uniquely featuring an outline of Evoque Convertible, the puddle lamps illuminate the ground around both front doors for maximum convenience and a highly distinctive appearance.

Despite appearing identical to Evoque coupé below the glasshouse, the bodywork behind the front doors has been substantially re-engineered to accommodate the stowed roof mechanism. The upper portions of the rear fenders have been carefully redesigned to seamlessly integrate with Evoque Convertible’s packaging requirements, while an all-new tailgate and spoiler have been designed.

The rear spoiler houses the LED stoplight and optimises aerodynamics to improve handling. The innovative hinge mechanism allows for a larger tailgate aperture, providing exceptional versatility. A wide range of accessories allows customers to add their own stamp of individuality, whether it’s for design or practicality purposes. The Evoque Convertible can be specified a cabin in machine-polished, Anodised Gear Shift Paddles, Anodised Red Rotary Shifter and Union Jack Sport Mat set. On the outside, Bright-finish Side Tubes; Carbon Fibre Side Vents, Bonnet Louvres and Mirror Covers; and stylised Valve Caps all create a vehicle that stands out from the crowd.

The Evoque Convertible is capable of towing up to 1,500kg and for those needing additional practicality a detachable tow bar can also be specified. SE Dynamic derivatives feature perforated Grained leather seats in a sophisticated Ebony/Ebony dual-tone colourway. HSE Dynamic introduces perforated mid-section Oxford leather seats and elegantly tailored centre-ribbed sections, available in Ebony/Ebony and Lunar/Ivory. HSE Dynamic also offers three exclusive colourways in full Oxford leather: Ebony/Pimento, Ebony/Vintage Tan and Lunar/Ice.

Luxurious eight-way electric memory seats (heated optional) are included in SE Dynamic’s standard specification, while HSE Dynamic derivatives feature 12-way electric adjustment. Optional 14-way climate and massage seats can be specified. To maintain outstanding levels of crash protection, the Evoque Convertible features a number of engineering innovations: the vehicle’s A-pillars have been strengthened to ensure excellent roll-over protection; new under-body bracing maintains the torsional rigidity of coupé derivatives without impacting on Evoque’s off-road capability; and a Roll-Over Protection System, concealed within the rear quarter, deploys in 90 milliseconds should a roll-over situation be detected.

The ATPC allows the driver to set a speed between 1.1mph to 19mph (1.8km/h to 30km/h), in forward or reverse gears, and without pedal inputs constantly monitors and adjusts vehicle settings to optimise traction and maintain progress. As such, ATPC reduces driver workload to simply steering the vehicle in challenging off-road situations where maintaining smooth, safe progress may otherwise prove difficult. The intuitive system is initiated via a switch in the centre console, controlled via the steering-wheel-mounted cruise-control interface, and can be overruled by pressing the accelerator or brake pedal. ATPC can even be used from a standstill in slippery conditions to ensure a composed getaway every time.

Advanced fuel-saving technologies include piston rings and tappets coated with a low-friction finish; a sheet-metal exhaust manifold that shortens the engine warm-up phase to reduce emissions on short journeys; and an advanced electronic management system for precision control over the combustion process. An advanced ZF 9-speed automatic transmission forms part of Evoque Convertible’s standard specification. Designed specifically for its transverse application, the ZF 9HP transmission features nine closely staggered ratios for excellent acceleration and peerless efficiency.

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