Range Rover Evoque convertible gets dirty before LA Auto Show debut

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The Evoque Convertible has the same 500 mm wading capability as the standard Evoque

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The last time we looked in on the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, it was burrowing through the earth below London. The still-camouflaged crossover has been out having fun once again. Land Rover has put the car through its off-road paces in preparation of next month's launch.

Land Rover is positioning the new Evoque drop-top as the world's most capable convertible, and if you refuse to think of the topless Wrangler a "convertible," maybe it has a case. To strengthen that case, it has put its prototypes through a full testing and development program. The Evoque Convertible has been spitting up dust, wrestling with mud and wading through rivers – top down and all.

The new model gets all-terrain help from features like 4WD, Hill Descent Control and Terrain Response. The Evoque Convertible has the same 500 mm (19.7 in) wading capability as the standard Evoque and a Wading Sense system to keep the driver informed about water depth.

"Land Rover prides itself on being a class leader when it comes to all-terrain capability and the Evoque Convertible is no different," says Mike Cross, Land Rover chief engineer for vehicle integrity. "Thanks to a combination of innovative engineering and the application of advanced technologies, Evoque Convertible will deliver a dynamic and assured SUV experience that has been tested around the world. We call it 'The Convertible for all Seasons’."

Land Rover will reveal the all-season cabrio behind the camo at the LA Auto Show, which opens to the press on November 17. The car will go on sale in Northern Hemisphere Spring 2016. In the meantime, you can watch it finish up off-road testing at Land Rover's Eastnor Castle estate in the video below.

Source: Land Rover


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