Range Rover Evoque

InControl Touch Pro demo videos, still unavailable on Range Rover in 2016

Not sure why they all need the same 22-second pre-roll – they’re not TV shows, just one to six minute instructional videos.  My only reasoning is that maybe it’s to make us think it’s a sitcom because of how funny it is that none of these features are still available on a real Range Rover in 2016.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible finally brings InControl Touch Pro to a Land Rover (might still be vaporware)

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After years of waiting, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a really here for MY17.  There are very few details that were new – they took the concept and updated it with the MY16 Evoque refresh plus a bit more: the addition of the 10.2” InControl Touch Pro system to a Land Rover is a welcome surprise.  All pictures & official PR to follow below but really I only care about the vaporware aka InControl Touch Pro. 

It looks like the Evoque isn’t also getting the 12.3” digital gauge display that Range Rover proper has had since 2010 (But done NOTHING interesting with anyway).  And the do still love to call 3G state of the art for a MY2017 vehicle {eyeroll}

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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE A CONVERTIBLE FOR ALL SEASONS

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· World’s first luxury compact SUV convertible

· Highly-desirable design ensures distinctive profile with roof up or down

· Lightweight fabric hood stows in only 18 seconds, at speeds up to 30mph

· Uncompromised luxury – space for four adults, 251-litre boot and ski hatch

· Debuts next-generation infotainment system with 10.2-inch touchscreen

· Most capable all-terrain convertible in the world

· Choice of efficient Si4 petrol and Ingenium diesel engines

· On sale from Spring 2016, in SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic derivatives

Whitley, UK, 9 November 2015 – Land Rover has unveiled the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible. Range Rover Evoque Convertible combines the bold design and refinement of Evoque with comprehensive specification and a sophisticated folding roof to create a no compromise, all-season convertible.

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Countdown to Convertible begins as Range Rover Evoque Wireframes take over London

They’ve done this before but something about these latest ones I really like:

Official PR:

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  • Wireframe sculptures preview world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible
  • Prestigious London locations including Harrods host unique models
  • Full-size installations are 1:1 scale representation of Evoque Convertible
  • World’s first compact luxury SUV Convertible to be revealed in November 2015

London UK, Friday 2nd October – Londoners were stopped in their tracks today as Land Rover placed a collection of full-size Range Rover Evoque Convertible ‘wireframe’ sculptures in the iconic streets of the UK’s capital.

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The installations were displayed outside prestigious London locations including the world famous Harrods department store on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge and in notable Mayfair addresses.

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The bespoke sculptures were designed by Land Rover’s own Design team, using advanced computer modelling to accurately outline the shape of the forthcoming Evoque Convertible. Crafted from aluminium and finished in a range of vibrant colours, the wireframes illustrate the elegant evolution of the Range Rover Evoque’s transformation from coupe to convertible.

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Following on from the original wireframes used to launch Evoque in 2011, the 1:1 scale works of art include 3D wheels as well as front and rear seats. Six Convertible wireframes have been produced to give the public a chance to see how the Evoque Convertible will look in its natural urban environment. Each wireframe will now begin a global tour as Land Rover builds up to the introduction in November of the latest addition to the growing Range Rover family.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, said: "The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is perfectly suited to the urban surroundings of a city like London and it’s the perfect place to showcase the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible. The locations chosen reflect the refined and luxurious lifestyle of an Evoque Convertible customer – two attributes this vehicle delivers in abundance."

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I guess I have to post this: Range Rover Evoque Convertible blah blah blah

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◾Land Rover officially confirms New Range Rover Evoque Convertible at 2015 Geneva Motor Show

◾Premium compact SUV convertible is the first vehicle to have driven Crossrail tunnels below London

◾First prototype demonstrates Land Rover capability in underground surroundings

Whitley, UK, 02 March 2015 – Land Rover has confirmed the world’s first premium compact SUV convertible will go on sale in 2016 by releasing a unique underground testing film.

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Excerpts from the 2016 Range Rover Press Release with my comments (rants)

Full text of Press Pack at end of article.

** Double roof fins are for vehicles with the hotspot option, second antenna is for the 3G radio – 3G, is it 2010? How many people in the car are actually supposed to share that lightning fast 3G connection?  Will the extra antenna really make any difference?

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** Dial graphics have been refreshed and the 5” screen resolution has doubled to VGA levels – 640 x 480.

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** Ingenium TD4 brings a new blue badging to Evoque, highlighting its E-Capability

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** I hate to call out a JLR employee but I’ll paste in the quote below – I think it explains why the current generation systems are so rough – no one at Jaguar Land Rover should be talking about “vast experience” or “competitive advantage” with regard their current and/or previous systems.  Here’s hoping InControl Touch lives up to the hype but it’s still worrying.  Do the people within JLR realize how many edges were left unpolished in the current systems?

“Land Rover has vast experience with touchscreen infotainment systems, providing a huge competitive advantage as consumers increasingly become accustomed to touchscreen technology via smartphones and tablets,” said Danella Bagnall, Vehicle Line Director, Evoque.

** Evoque’s Hands-Free Tailgate can be activated both from directly behind the vehicle, and from either side of the bumper

 

THE 2016 MODEL YEAR RANGE ROVER EVOQUE

– PRESS PACK CONTENTS

1. 2016 MODEL YEAR EVOQUE DESIGN

1.1 Leading-edge design with added desire

1.2 An even more luxurious interior

1.3 Five revised trim levels for enhanced customer choice

2. ADVANCED POWERTRAIN AND CHASSIS TECHNOLOGY

2.1 All-new Ingenium diesel engines

2.2 Turbocharged petrol engine for maximum performance with efficiency

2.3 Revised chassis for peerless agility

2.4 E-Capability

3. STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY

3.1 All-new infotainment system

3.2 Ultimate in-car connectivity with Land Rover InControlTM Apps

3.3 Advanced driver-assistance and consumer-centric systems

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