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After a number of rounds of spyshots and the mandatory official tease from the manufacturer itself, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible (Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible, if you insist on being technical) has finally been officially revealed in all its drop-top glory.

Initially revealed as a mere concept back in 2012 in Geneva, the production-spec Range Rover Evoque Convertible will now take its position as the “world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible.” Said convertible will be built at Land Rover’s Halewood facility in the UK and hit showroom floors in March 2016.

Looks wise, the drop-top variant differs only slightly from its coupe sibling save for the obvious foldable roof. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible features the same full-LED headlights – first seen on the Evoque facelift – and an enlarged air intake with LED fog lamps.

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On to this particular Evoque’s party piece, then. The fully-automated “lightweight” fabric roof transforms the Evoque from coupe to convertible at the touch of a button in 18 seconds, 21 seconds the other way. Said roof can be operated at speeds of up to 48 km/h. The assembly is said to boast “high standards of refinement” with via additional acoustic insulation material in its construction.

Land Rover says that interior comfort and refinement is on par with the five-door Evoque model – it also adds that practicality goes unaffected. With the roof stowed away in a dedicated compartment, boot space is recorded at 251 litres. The fabric roof is also, according to Land Rover, “the longest and widest” of its kind fitted to any production vehicle on sale today.

As is the case with modern convertibles, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible features a Roll-Over Protection Device that deploys rollover bars in the event of an accident. The pair of aluminium bars are hidden away in the rear bodywork and are said to deploy in a timespan of just 90 milliseconds should the car’s onboard systems detect an impending rollover.

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The basic interior architecture goes unchanged save for one new inclusion – Jaguar Land Rover’s latest infotainment platform, InControl Touch Pro. Said platform features a massive 10.2-inch HD touchscreen and offers “door-to-door” navigation capabilities, 3G Internet connectivity, remote tracking and smartphone integration. Apple Carplay and Android Auto for the latter is still “a little way off,” reports Auto Express.

Under the bonnet, two engine options are offered with the Ingenium 2.0 litre TD4 turbodiesel and 2.0 litre Si4 petrol mill. The former puts out a total power output of 180 PS at 4,000 rpm and 430 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm while the latter, 240 PS at 5,800 rpm and 340 Nm at 1,750 rpm. The sole transmission choice is that of the ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Two trim levels are offered – HSE Dynamic or HSE Dynamic Lux. As mentioned, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is slated to go on sale in Spring 2016 with prices kicking off at £47,500 (RM312,592) for the “entry-level” TD4 HSE Dynamic model.