Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

By Jennifer Geiger  on April 4, 2012

  • Looks like: Land Rover is testing the popularity of its new Evoque with a convertible variant
  • Defining characteristics: The fact that it’s a Land Rover convertible sums it up
  • Ridiculous features: If you thought a two-door SUV was silly, consider a convertible version ridiculous
  • Chances of being mass-produced: Not likely; Land Rover says this is strictly a design study

Fresh from its debut last month at the Geneva International Auto Show, the Range Rover Evoque convertible concept makes its U.S. entrance in New York.

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The convertible is based on the coupe version of the new-for-2012 Range Rover Evoque compact SUV, the smallest in the automaker's lineup. The concept seats four and features a power-retractable soft-top and a rollover protection system. The concept rides on 21-inch Titan silver wheels, and the exterior is finished in metallic Causeway Grey paint. Specifications weren't available, but Land Rover says "the new convertible body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional rigidity."

The inside is trimmed in lunar- and ivory-colored leather with sport seats featuring contrast stitching. An 8-inch dual-view touch-screen and a Meridian stereo are other cabin highlights. Access to the cargo area is through a drop-down tailgate rather than the traditional model's hatch.

Land Rover says the convertible is just as off-road ready as its fixed-roof counterparts, thanks to its four-wheel-drive hardware, including the Terrain Response system and surround-view camera.

Don't expect to see this on the streets anytime soon. Land Rover said the convertible concept is a design and engineering study with no plans to produce it at this time.

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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer