A number of companies are planning to reveal ‘concept’ vehicles at next month’s Geneva show, designed not just to showcase engineering ability and attract attention, but also to gauge press and public reaction which will be instrumental in whether such design studies actually make it into production.
Amongst them is Land Rover with this Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept which the company claims would be the world's first premium convertible SUV.
The soft-top convertible is based on the RR Evoque Coupe and features a fully retractable premium roof system with a Roll Over Protection System [ROPS]. The concept combines capability and versatility with a drop down tailgate and a full four seats.
The hood is housed in a neat tapered finisher with the roof mechanism stowed discretely below the belt-line.
Naturally, and this being a concept only, the show vehicle sits on stupid 21 inch alloy wheels, which will probably do as much for the human spine as a drunk chiropractor who hates school teachers, proper doctors, life coaches and bankers.
Otherwise, the Evoque Convertible will feature all the expected Land Rover attributes such as Terrain Response, surround cameras, Park Assist, and a full ‘infotainment’ system featuring an 8-inch dual view touch screen from British audio experts, Meridian.
A convertible Evoque with full all wheel drive capability? And why not? That was how Land Rover made its name over 60 years ago.
Who knows? It could make head scarves and bunnets fashionable again!