• Evoque Convertible for Geneva Show
• First vehicle to drive Crossrail tunnels
• Set to go on sale in 2016.
Ahead of its Geneva auto show debut Land Rover has released a video showcasing its new drop-top’s 4x4 ability in a unique proving ground – the 42km of Crossrail tunnels 40m below the streets of London.
The first prototype Evoque Convertible was used for the drive.
The video shows the 4x4 being lowered into the tunnel by crane then negotiating a range of obstacles through a 6.2m diameter tunnel.
Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover programmes, explained: "The tunnels are still under construction so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in uncharted territory.”
Land Rover’s compact SUV convertible will go on sale in 2016. Details and prices will be released closer to its launch date.
It will be built alongside the Evoque five-door and coupe at Land Rover’s plant in Halewood, England.