Range Rover Evoque Convertible not headed for production

Land Rover will instead build an Evoque with a retractable panoramic sunroof.

Given the existence of the rather preposterous Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque doesn't seem altogether far-fetched.

Land Rover had toyed with the idea of just such a vehicle, even going so far as showing a concept version at last year's Geneva show, but a new Car and Driver report suggests that the British automaker has decided against giving the drop-top Evoque the green light for production.

To satisfy Evoque customers looking to commune with the sun, Land Rover instead will add a retractable panoramic sunroof option to its hot-selling crossover - the current model is available only with a fixed panoramic unit.

While the convertible won't be making it to showrooms, there's still likely to be at least one new Evoque model in the near future - a larger "Evoque XL” intended to fill the space between the standard Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.

The Evoque XL will be part of a $16 billion project to expand and update Land Rover's lineup over the next five years. Redesigned versions of the LR2, the LR4 (to be renamed the Discovery in the U.S.) and the Defender will be central components of the effort, and an entry-level, three-door Range Rover as well as a sub-LR2 Land Rover have also been rumored.

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