Although the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, the first mainstream SUV convertible in quite a while, failed miserably, Land Rover believes there is still a market for such a vehicle and has added the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible to the Evoque range.
Billed as the “world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible,” the open-top Evoque is nearly identical to the concept car that was unveiled in early 2012. Unlike the rather ugly Murano CrossCabriolet, it retains the general design of the two-door Evoque crossover on which it is based.
Its power-operated cloth soft top, which is exclusively available in Ebony Black, can be operated at the push of a button, taking 18 seconds to open or close at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h).
Land Rover’s engineers managed to maintain the low, coupe-like roofline of the standard Evoque when the top is down, giving the Evoque Convertible a surprisingly sporty appearance. The same couldn’t be said about the Murano.
Not much else changed aside from the retractable roof, although the model ushers in a 10.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen that runs Land Rover’s new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. There are enough seats for four passengers and up to 8.9 cubic feet (251 liters) of cargo room regardless of whether the top is up or down.
Despite being slightly heavier, the Evoque Convertible is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine as its hardtop counterpart and produces 240 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 251 lb-ft. (340 Nm) of torque at 1,750 rpm. Equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.8 seconds on route to a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h).
The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible makes its world debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and goes on sale in summer 2016 with a starting price of $50,475 in the United States.
Is it a good addition to the Evoque range? Will it succeed where the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet failed and prove once and for all that SUV convertibles are cool? Only time will tell.
Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder Drops Its Top For Summer
The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder has been revealed just in time for summer.
The convertible version of the Huracán EVO features the same upgrades as the coupe, including a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 that delivers 640 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, a vehicle dynamic control system, and aerodynamic enhancements.
More than 250 pounds heavier than the coupe, the Huracán EVO Spyder is only 0.2 seconds slower to 62 mph (100 km/h) with a sprint of 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). It boasts the new Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale 2.0 system, which offers “next-generation vehicle dynamic control” by utilizing a set of accelerators and gyroscope sensors located in the car’s crenter of gravity to monitor real-time lateral, longitudinal and vertical accelerations, as well as roll, pitch and yaw rate.
Both the coupe and Spyder also feature rear-wheel steering and four-wheel torque vectoring, taking advantage of the vehicle dynamic control system. Interestingly, the convertible Evo boasts five times as much downforce as the original Huracán Spyder despite having a soft top.
Exterior updates include a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new exhaust system that’s placed higher in the rear bumper, and new 20” Aesir wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, while the interior houses a new 8.4” HMI touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder goes on sale in spring 2019 with a starting price of $287,400 in the United States.
Mercedes-Benz SL Roadsters Get Grand Edition Treatment
Unique exterior details and an enhanced interior are what you get with this posh luxury package.
The current Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has been around since 2013, and with a new model expected to arrive in 2021, Stuttgart has decided to give it a grand sendoff with the SL Grand Edition.
Available on the SL 450 and 550, the Grand Edition package includes a Graphite Grey exterior paint with high-gloss chrome and matte silver accents and exclusive AMG forged 10-spoke two-tone wheels with 19-inch rims up front and 20 inches out back.
Inside, both models are outfitted with the Mercedes-Benz’s ‘designo’ leather. The seats are adorned with Tundra Brown Pearl leather with diamond quilting and Golden Olive Pearl piping and have SL Grand Edition branding embroidered on the headrests.
The steering wheel is also covered by the premium leather, though the grip areas make due with perforated black Nappa leather instead.
Mercedes didn’t say how many SL Grand Edition models it will build, or how much each will cost, but deliveries begin sometime in 2020.
Buick Cascada Convertible Is Dead After 2019, And It Likely Won’t Return
It was virtually invisible, so no one is going to miss it.
Buick has confirmed that the Cascada convertible will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, so act fast if you still want one.
Rumors of the Cascada’s demise began popping up in late 2018 when Opel — which was formerly owned by General Motors — announced plans to stop building its version of the car in Poland. The model had reached the end of its product life cycle, so many questioned its fate.
“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in [six of every 10] buyers from outside GM,” a Buick spokesperson told . Buick sold about 17,000 examples of the Cascada since adding the model to its portfolio for the 2016 model year, a measly figure that isn’t surprising considering the little advertising its received.
Production ends in the summer of 2019, and with Opel now owned by Peugeot and the convertible segment experiencing a perceptible decline all over the world, the odds of the Cascada being replaced in North America are slim to none.
The Cascada won’t be the only Buick to get the ax in 2019 — the LaCrosse full-size sedan will join it.