Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque Convertible is built of a deceptively simple formula -- take a popular two-door crossover and cut the roof clean off.

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The polyacrylic convertible top will lower in 18 seconds and raise in 21 seconds, at speeds up to 30 mph.

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Aside from the convertible top, there aren't too many other changes for the 2017 Evoque Convertible.

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The sharper front bumper and new headlights with integrated LED running lights were introduced in the 2016 Evoque.

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To make space for the convertible top, Land Rover shrunk the Evoque Convertible's trunk to a small but still relatively capacious 8.9 cubic feet.

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The 2017 Evoque Convertible features the same refreshed interior seen on 2016 models. The instrument panel, door panels and seats were all updated as part of the midcycle refresh.

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The information display between the gauges has always been a bit of a low-tech job, but it's finally been upgraded to look less like a cell phone from the early 2000s.

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At the center of the dashboard lies Land Rover's InControl Touch Pro, a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It's the first time this system has been implemented on a Land Rover model.

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Terrain of all kinds won't be a problem for the Evoque Convertible's all-wheel-drive system. It is a Land Rover, after all, and it still comes with a multi-terrain switch that alters vehicle performance to suit different environments.

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InControl Touch Pro lacks both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

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However, it does include a Wi-Fi hotspot, built-in navigation and a corresponding smartphone app that allows users to change various vehicle settings remotely.

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The rear seat's center section is barely wide enough for a set of skis, nevertheless a full human being.

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In the event of a rollover, two aluminum bars will appear behind the rear seats just 90 milliseconds after the car's sensors detect trouble.

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The Evoque Convertible will not go on sale until spring 2016 or so, in 170 markets worldwide.

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The Evoque Convertible is priced from $50,475, £47,500 or AU$84,440.

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