Evoque Convertible rolls into New York, will it ever see the light of production? [Video]

Land Rover celebrates 25 years in North America, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a fun little convertible concept at the New York Auto Show. But will it ever be mass-produced?

The Range Rover Evoque convertible concept makes its entrance into the U.S. in New York at a good time as Land Rover celebrates the brand being in North America 25 years. Fresh off its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, many believe the concept should never see the light of production and consider a convertible version ridiculous and even outright crazy.

But it looks like Land Rover is serious about testing the popularity of a two-door SUV convertible variant. Although Land Rover says the concept is strictly a design study and the chances of it being mass-produced are unlikely, some in the industry think the possibility is quite good we will see some version of the Evoque convertible in the future.

Even Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern hints at the strong possibility. “The Range Rover Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. This study is not a traditional convertible design execution – instead we have worked with the balance of the Range Rover Evoque’s lines to retain its distinctive shape and create something that is unique and, we believe, highly desirable.”

If the Range Rover Evoque convertible in fact gets the green light, it will be the world’s first premium compact convertible SUV. The concept is expected to have the identical running gear with its hardtop counterparts. The rag-top concept features a four-seat setup with a fully retractable roof and Roll Over Protection System (ROPS).


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During the NY Auto Show introduction another journalist leaned over to me and said, "Doesn't Land Rover know that Nissan was kidding when it introduced the Murano convertible?"