Ever since it was shown as a concept back in 2012, a Range Rover Evoque convertible was expected to reach production eventually. Land Rover has now confirmed the production version will go on sale in 2016.
No other details have been released at this point. The convertible will be based on the facelifted Evoque, which launches later this year. Presumably it share the hardtop’s Igenium and diesel and Si4 petrol engines.
The Evoque convertible will be built alongside its coupe and five-door siblings at Land Rover’s factory in Halewood. It is unknown how much work has gone into strengthening the bodyshell, or if the loss of the roof has compromised its off-road ability. Though going by the images, shot in the tunnels of London’s Crossrail project, which show it driving along the tunnel sides and crossing a water splash, it remains very capable.
We’ll learn more in due course.