2017 Range Rover Evoque convertible offers fresh take on driving

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Land Rover brings out the best of both worlds with the upcoming “2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible.” Rumored to have its debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the model has been spotted being tested in the past several months.

According to Motor Authority, although Land Rover has had other convertibles before, it is the first time that the British automaker will launch one by itself. The report added that the edgy and sporty look of Evoque line has been preserved with the car’s roof in place. The roof is made of fabric and can be put down in under 20 seconds while there are also frameless doors to complete the clean profile.

The grille has six different designs and finishes from 18 to 20 alloy wheels, an enlarged mesh area and vent surrounds. LED brake light is also housed in an all-new tailgate. The HSE Dynamic includes LED fog lights, side skirts and rear bumper that has twin exhaust outlets while the SE Dynamic has bender, grille and fog light surrounds all finished in silver.

Under the hood, it is equipped by turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can pump powerful 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, paired with nine-speed automatic transmission and can spin in all of its four wheels. It can do 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds while the fastest speed is at 112 mph. Due to assumed additional reinforcements for the foldable roof, the car weighs at 4,268lbs and has a towing capacity of 3,300lbs.

The interior has four seats that can be adjusted in 12 different ways and has optional heating. The HSE Dynamic offers Oxford leather available in different colors while SE has grained leather. The cargo space is 9 cubic feet and there is also a new locking glove compartment. While the InControl Touch Pro multimedia system can be accessed through 10.2-inch touch screen.

Other features included are remote start, temperature control, locking and unlocking and even smartphone alerts.

The unit has the baseline tag of $51,470 which includes a $995 destination charge. Range Rover Evoque Convertible is expected to go on sale sometime next year.