After years of denials that the Range Rover Evoque Convertible would see the light of day, today at the Geneva Motor Show Land Rover has officially confirmed the expansion of the Evoque range with a soft-top.
We've seen prototypes doing the rounds near Land Rover's Gaydon design and development HQ over the past couple of months, but these images show one of the camouflaged prototypes playing (sorry, capability testing) in train tunnels 40 metres beneath London.
No, Land Rover's not advocating playing on railway lines, this is part of the 26-mile Crossrail development currently under construction. The tunnels will eventually connect the City, Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to the commuter belt on the capital's outskirts.
Although the prototype still wears the body styling and details of the current Evoque, not the facelifted Ingenium-powered 2016 model, it's clear that little has changed since the concept debuted in 2012.
There's a longer top rail above the windscreen, but Land Rover hasn't had to resort to an ungainly B-pillar roll hoop to retain body stiffness. Expect strengthening at floorpan level to play a role there too.
The photos show the top down for the first time, but it's unclear whether the concept's rear-hinged hood cover cowl with speedster humps will make it to production. The way the canvas folds flat suggests that won't be possible.
We're not entirely sure what those chimneys sticking up behind the rear headrests are, but presume they're for roll-over protection on this test car rather than a feature of the production model.
Intriguingly, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is backed by the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund, suggesting it may not have been given the green light without that little extra help and investment.