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Range Rover Evoque Convertible revealed testing under streets of London

Land Rover has officially announced the new Evoque Convertible by releasing a video showing the car being put through its paces underneath the UK capital.

Up until now, the new premium compact SUV convertible was something of a closely-guarded secret in the motoring industry but has now been unveiled for all to see in quite dramatic fashion.

130ft underground, the first prototype of the Evoque soft-top was given special access to the 26-mile network of Crossrail tunnels for a truly unique development test.

The short film starts with the new model being lowered into the tunnel via crane, before negotiating a range of obstacles in the soon-to-be active tunnels of London’s Crossrail system.

Crossrail will connect the City of London, Canary Wharf, the West and Heathrow Airport to commuter areas east and west of the capital.

First groundworks on the project began in 2009 and it is currently the biggest and most expensive construction project in Europe, creating 26 miles of new tunnels.

A massive 4.5 million tonnes of excavated material from the tunnels will be transported to Walasea Island in Essex to create a new 1,500-acre RSPB nature reserve.

Director of Land Rover Programmes, Murray Dietsch, said, “The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory.”

This isn’t the first time the Range Rover Evoque has gone down below – at its launch back in 2011, the five-door variant was driven through Edge Hill Tunnel in Liverpool, the first tunnel in the wold to be bored beneath a major city.

Details are still thin on the ground regarding the new convertible, but we do know that it will be built alongside the five door and coupe Evoque at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK before going on sale sometime next year.

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