Tag: Range Rover Evoque
Even if you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll likely be surprised by Land Rover’s new topless Evoque. The automaker is billing the vehicle as the world’s first convertible compact SUV and it’s certainly an interesting concept. There’s something unique about a crossover with a missing top. It looks like a beefed up convertible, and from looking at the video it handles like a pretty solid off-road offering.
It’s a Safe Driver
The idea itself is a bit of an oddball one because most people purchase SUVs to be safer while driving, and convertibles are known for being less safe overall, but Land Rover assures drivers that it’s just as capable as the standard Evoque. When the roof was removed the vehicle lost rigidity, but it didn’t remain with that lower level of rigidity. To make up the difference the Land Rover engineers made extensive changes to the body to make it much more rigid and capable.
Built with a Durable Soft Top
You would think an SUV convertible would be equipped with a rugged hard top for those particularly challenging trips, but it’s expected that the SUV will actually come with a cloth top that’s more lightweight and compact than a hard top would be. This frees up more cargo space while allowing a more flexible design overall.
Plenty of Power
though the body of the vehicle received extensive modifications, the engine was left untouched. That’s good news for Land Rover fans looking for a powerful convertible to motor around in. It comes packed with the 240 HP 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, that’s meant to provide plenty of torque and drive power.
When You Can Get Your Hands on It
While Land Rover is showing off the concept car now, it isn’t expected to be released until the spring of 2017. There’s still plenty of waiting to be done before you can motor around in a topless SUV, unless you take a saw to your vehicle out in the driveway, but we can’t recommend that you do that, even if it could be pretty cool.
Land Rover is the most successful nameplate in this year’s 4×4 Magazine awards, securing two class wins and the ultimate 4×4 of the year title.
It was the new Range Rover Sport that took on competition from 24 of the market’s finest all-wheel drive models to take both the Premium class and the overall 2014 honor. Meanwhile, the Ranger Rover Evoque proved itself by claiming honors in the Top Range SUV class. The Land Rover Defender was “highly recommended” in the Hardcore class and the new Range Rover was second only to its Range Rover Sport sibling in the Premium category.
Presenting the results in the winter issue of 4×4 Magazine, Editor Nigel Fryatt said: “The Range Rover Sport is a worthy winner of the prestigious 2014 4×4 of the Year award. Indeed it is such a significant vehicle that you wonder if it is the best product ever to come from the Land Rover stable, of any era.”
After putting the Range Rover Sport through its paces, the judges gave it an unmatched 90 per cent score, highlighting the 3.0-litre SDV6 engine, on-road handling, off-road prowess, towing ability, comfort and design as its stand-out features.
Their report hailed the model as the “revelation of the premium group, if not the whole test” and made special reference to the quality of the Terrain Response 2 system for tackling all kinds of off-road scenarios. Where on-road performance is concerned, they declared the Range Rover Sport is “a pure pleasure to drive” and referenced the contribution made by its independent air suspension on ride quality.
The Range Rover Evoque once again proves that Land Rover’s advanced styling and premium quality are not at the expense of true all-terrain performance. The Evoque topped the Top Range SUV class, netting an 88 percent score from judges who claim that they appreciated its “boldly styled and superbly crafted interior.” They also liked the fact that it has “the handling feel of a sport car half its size.” Design, on-road handling and off-road competence were singled out as the qualities defining its success.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks, said: “These awards are very much appreciated, not least because 4×4 Magazine subjects its awards contenders to such rigorous, expert scrutiny.
“The results help demonstrate that we are successfully pushing the boundaries of all-terrain vehicle engineering and design to address the changing requirements of today’s customers. We have a great heritage, but it is vital that we continue to build on that foundation with models like Evoque, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport that deliver in terms of style, premium quality and on-road handling as well as fundamental all-terrain capabilities.”