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Good idea? Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet [w/ sales prediction poll]

After what seems like years of teasers and spyshots Range Rover finally showed off pictures of the new Evoque Cabriolet. And while normally time helps us get used to the idea of “out there” ideas, I am still not sure what to think of this car.

I am naturally skeptical towards ideas like this – an SUV cabriolet seems like an answer to a question no one asked, like an MPV coupe (Renault Avantime) or SUV minivan (Mercedes-Benz R-class). The precedent is not good – there already was an SUV cabriolet before, the Nissan Murano CrossCab, and it bombed badly, with average annual sales in the US below 2,000 units. And while the regular Evoque is a looker, chopping off the roof makes it look it a little bit like a tall bathtub in which the driver is relaxing after a long day…

On the other hand, if there is a model that is likely to succeed in this niche it is the Evoque – still arguably the coolest SUV on sale – and the Evoque Cabriolet could be a trendsetter just like e.g. the Audi TT.

But, what do you think? Let us know in the comments and take a stab at guessing how well it will do: