New Range Rover Evoque Convertible meets SPECTRE Bond girl for photo shoot on beach ahead of UK launch in spring 2016.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible Roof
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible has shared a photo shoot with a glamorous star of the new Bond film, SPECTRE. Naomie Harris – who plays Moneypenny – had a preview of the brand's first compact, luxury, sports utility convertible on a beach in LA before its UK launch in 2016.
She said: “It’s like nothing I’ve seen on the road before”. The Evoque Convertible has a fabric roof which is the longest and widest of any current car, Range Rover says. It folds flat in 18 seconds and raises in 21 seconds, at speeds up to 30mph.
Range Rover claims that its z-fold roof folds flush with the bodywork to create a sleek, uncluttered, appearance. When raised, acoustic insulation ensures that interior comfort is “a par” with the 5-door Evoque that has a metal roof.
The manufacturer has considered safety too. Should the vehicle roll, bars concealed in its bodywork emerge within 90 milliseconds to create a survival zone for occupants.
Further, the position of the roof has no impact on cargo capacity that at 251-litres is comparable to a city class car. Range Rover says its capacity is “generous” for a convertible.
The Evoque Convertible has been tested off-road to ensure it meets expectations. Tasks included ploughing through water up to 50cm deep, and negotiating dirt tracks with extreme slopes. Off-road credentials include its terrain response system that tweaks the response of the steering, throttle, transmission, centre-coupling and braking/stability to suit the conditions.
Driver selectable settings are general, grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts and sand. The Evoque Convertible also has hill decent that automatically maintains a steady speed on steep slopes. Power comes via a wide range of petrol and diesel engines.
The top-spec petrol produces 240PS, 340Nm of torque and propels it to 62mph in only 7.8 seconds.
The Evoque Convertible has standard-fit, 9-speed, auto transmission. It enables a motorist to cruise in auto mode or select gears manually via paddles behind the steering wheel. Range Rover says: “First gear is an incredibly low ratio and suitable for very brisk acceleration from a standstill, low-speed all-terrain driving, or extremes of altitude and gradient.”
The Evoque, therefore, starts in second by default in normal conditions to ensure smooth progress. Furthermore, high-spec trims automatically switch to 2-wheel-drive to save fuel should conditions allow, then to 4-wheel should the surface become slippery.
The cabin has 4 seats, leather upholstery and a 10.2-inch, touch-screen, interface.