What the heck is that? Seriously, we can’t imagine anyone not uttering those words upon setting eyes on the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Not that it’s ugly. Just that it’s weird. As in, weird enough we wouldn’t be surprised if it was dreamed up by two executives chambonging a bottle of champagne while watching Cartoon Network past midnight. Or something like that.
Love it or hate it, though, we can’t deny the truth: the car looks fun. I mean, it’s a 4WD compact SUV packing off-road talents without a roof. With a Range Rover badge. How can you not be imagining yourself riding this everywhere next summer?
What’s even more fascinating is that, unlike most convertible versions of cars, the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible is almost exactly like the original Evoque crossover. It looks like the same body, with the same size, just without the roofline, almost leading you to question whether they actually did anything to ensure it still performs well or if they just chopped off the roof, then called it a day. At any rate, it’s the kind of polarizing car that makes you want to love it because… it's kinda nuts.
It does have a roof, of course – an acoustic insulated fabric one that can retract in 18 seconds and deploy in 21 at the push of button, all while providing 38 inches of headroom. There’s also nearly 9 cubic feet of trunk space for all your gear, an all-aluminum gas engine pumping out 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, a 10.2-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, and comfortable seating for four. Plus, all the undivided attention of anyone who sees you drive up in this thing for, probably, a year or until we acclimate to the fact that a convertible Range Rover SUV actually exists, whichever one comes sooner.
Slated for availability next year, pricing for the 2017 Range Rover Evoque convertible starts at $50,475.