Land Rover has announced it will put a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque. Though it seems unusual now, as ever, there is nothing new about it.
The original World War Two Jeep was designed with a canvas roof and the Land Rover Defender was available with a soft top as recently as 2008.
But as far as we can tell, the only other attempt to cross a proper convertible with an SUV was this, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.
The Murano was a bit of an oddity in the Nissan range, a large crossover aimed primarily at the American market. But it was a good car all the same and sold strongly.
A facelift was due in 2010 and, for reasons no-one seems to understand, Nissan thought it would a good idea to take the roof off. It wasn’t a looker anyway, and losing the roof didn’t help matters much. It did at least look a lot better with soft top down, but that’s not saying much.
Even if Nissan only expected to sell penny numbers, they were disappointed. It didn’t help that marketing was virtually non-existent. The Murano CrossCabriolet was quietly dropped in 2014.