Land Rover Preparing To Introduce Range Rover Evoque Convertible

It would appear the popular Range Rover Evoque compact luxury CUV family is about to expand. A convertible version of the three-door Evoque Coupé has been spied being road-tested and the production version could be introduced as early as March 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The timing is rather auspicious and not at all coincidental, considering the stunning Evoque Convertible Concept turned many a head at the Geneva show in 2012.

“The new convertible body has been achieved with minimum changes to weight and torsional rigidity,” stated a Land Rover spokesman at the time, adding that the Convertible Concept is as off-road ready as the regular Evoque. You might not want to take it on safari, however.

Converting a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) into a convertible isn't as difficult as one might think. Besides the obvious roof removal, the most radical bit of body modification involves replacing the Evoque's hatchback with a drop-down tailgate.

With the power-retractable soft top up, as many as four seated passengers can ride in comfort no matter the weather. Sunny days are when the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will really shine, though, and one can expect a host of “look at me!” celebs and wannabes to put the roofless Rover on their To Get lists.

According to Autocar, a heavily disguised but still discernible Evoque cabriolet was seen being road-tested (above) in the English Midlands. As the vehicle appeared to be very close to finished, it's not unlikely it'll be ready for prime time by springtime – and the annual Geneva Auto Show. (via AutoGuide and Autocar)