Open-top cars or convertibles are rare in India. For one, dusty weather in most parts of India make such cars impractical, and then there’s the issue of high costs involved. However, all this hasn’t stopped Land Rover from launching the Range Rover Evoque Convertible in India. This makes the latest SUV from the British automaker India’s first ‘open-top’ luxury SUV. Bookings are on, and deliveries will start soon. Land Rover has just announced prices as well. The Range Rover Evoque convertible starts from Rs. 69.53 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. Launched only in the top-end HSE Petrol trim, the convertible SUV’s a full 10 lakh rupees pricier than the HSE Diesel trim.
It’s not assembled in India, unlike the hard-top versions of the Evoque, and is instead imported from the UK as a completely built unit (CBU). This explains the higher price tag. The vehicle uses a 2 liter, turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 237 Bhp of peak power and 340 Nm of peak torque. An all wheel drive system is standard, and torque is transmitted by means of a 9 speed automatic gearbox sourced from ZF. The Evoque is five seater but gets only two doors. The convertible top operates electrically, and folds into the boot of the SUV with the press of a button. It’ll just take 18 seconds for the roof to fold down, and the car can be operated at speeds of up to 48 Kmph when the roof’s folding down.
Key changes on the Evoque Convertible include a reinforced chassis and reinforced door panels. This is in order to maintain the chassis’ rigidity; some of which has been lost due to chopping of the metal roof. The SUV also gets a pop-up roll-bar system that deploys in case of a rollover. So, safety has not been compromised by even one bit with the move to the drop-top system. Other safety features on the SUV include 6 airbags as standard, ABS+EBD, traction control, hill-hold, electronic stability program, a tyre pressure monitoring system and hill descent control. The SUV is available at all Land Rover dealerships across the country starting today.