Land Rover has officially confirmed the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which will go on sale in 2016. The automaker has released an underground testing film of a prototype of the premium compact SUV convertible, which is the first vehicle to have driven Crossrail tunnels below London.
Why test it in underground surroundings? Land Rover says it’s because of privacy, as the 26-mile (42-km) network of Crossrail tunnels 40 meters below the streets of London has allowed engineers to drive the disguised Evoque Convertible with its roof lowered without worrying about spy photographers.
“The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory,” explains Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes.
Land Rover will announce more details about the Evoque Convertible later this year. The new model will be built alongside the five door and coupe Evoque at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK.
Scroll down to watch the Evoque Convertible prototype being driven in the 6.2-meter diameter tunnel.