By John Quilter
Premium X has launched a 43rd scale model of the newly introduced Range Rover Evoque convertible. There have been previous models of the four door and two door versions under the IXO brand which is also part of the Premium Collectibles Trading group based in Macau with production in China.
The Evoque convertible is based on the two door closed vehicle, and was first shown at the Geneva motor show in 2012 but is now just reaching the market. The US version is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged in line four cylinder petrol engine putting out 240 BHP and 250 foot pounds of torque at a low engine speed of 1750 RPM which gives a wide range of power from 1750 to 5800. As with all Land Rover and Range Rover products it is all wheel drive with their Terrain Response feature of electronic control of the distribution of power to the four wheels although in the UK a two wheel drive version is offered as is the new Ingenium 2.0 diesel engine. A six speed manual or nine speed automatic is available. As is common Range Rover practice, there is a plethora of exterior colors, interior colors and no less than 12 wheel choices some in chrome finish, black finish or white finish and from 18 to 20 inch diameter. This model appears to have what Rover calls the 20 inch five split spoke style and the interior is a duo tone Pimento and Ebony. This is the first Rover offering of a convertible vehicle other than the Defender which could be ordered as an open vehicle. Is this new product a sort of bridging of a small SUV and a sport car?
Like most Premium X items they are produced in limited quantity and this one is their number PRO475R. Other colors may follow at later dates. Land Rover’s official UK website shows a considerable number or 43rd scale Evoque models two door and four door in many different colors, green, blue, black, red and white but as of this writing the convertible is not shown. https://shop.landrover.co.uk/gifts/model-cars/evoque But for some reason the Land Rover USA site does not include an accessory and boutique section with model vehicles.
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