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Range Rover Evoque Cabrio Design: Interview with the chief designer

Wolfgang Groeger-Meier
Range Rover Evoque Cabrio Design
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W o it is possible that the secret of success lies in the short way: that of the study for the production car. One could superimpose the photos of the Evoque convertible study from the Geneva Salon 2012 and the pre-production model almost four years later in the newly opened Jaguar and Range Rover brand boutique on Munich's Odeonsplatz and would find very few deviations. The production model follows exactly the study that was used to test the audience's reaction at the time.

Of course, some details differ, everything else would be a miracle, explains Phil Simmons. Even if the response to the study was overwhelming, it was only a study. In order to turn it into a production car, you had to pay attention to a few small things, such as the roof. And that without deviating too much from the line of the Evoque Coupé with a fixed roof.

The contour is the trademark of the Evoque

'The Evoque contour is like a trademark for us' Simmons says, 'We really wanted to keep that.' As the designer explains, it was already clear that the convertible would have a soft top. There is no such thing as a fixed retractable roof that would have fitted into the storage space provided. The car would have been at least 300 millimeters longer, and that would have disturbed the Range Rover Evoque line too much, he knows.

Wolfgang Groeger-Meier
' The Evoque contour is like a trademark for us, 'says Simmons,

In any case, Phil Simmons doesn't have to worry about the successful exterior, at first glance the convertible hardly differs from the two-door Evoque Coupé below the belt. Only the roof seems to be missing. It snakes upPush a button from the recess, extends elegantly over the interior and is then locked to the A-pillar. Although the folding roof bridges a comparatively large interior, it looks extremely solid.

Range Rover Evoque as a year-round convertible

Of course, this is no coincidence either: 'The car should be an all-season convertible 'says Phil, so no compromises when it comes to strength and tightness. Incidentally, neither in terms of torsional rigidity, and none in terms of off-road suitability. A Range Rover, as robust and suitable for everyday use as an Evoque Coupé, only with an electro-hydraulic folding top. This also applies to the trunk: It has a sufficient capacity of 251 liters, regardless of whether the roof is folded over the trunk or is open.
So that the access to the trunk is also sufficiently large, the flap is opened and closed via an innovative hinge mechanism. Perhaps it's because the Evoque looks a few millimeters wider than the Coupé from the rear.

Wolfgang Groeger-Meier
The Evoque convertible should in the future be ten percent of the sales of the compact Make a range.

No, the rear wheel arches are actually a bit more pronounced to make room for the convertible top, says Phil. And adds that the body does has not remained as untouched as it appears from the outside. The A-pillar is more powerful - a new design, as it not only serves as a window frame, but also as a cross stiffener and rollover support. After all, the convertible is a Range Rover, concludes Phil, and one that should make up over ten percent of Evoque sales in the future. That should work.


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