The new Range Rover Evoque Convertible has been officially unveiled. It features an electrically-folding fabric roof that stows behind the rear seats in 18 seconds, and goes on sale from Spring 2016.

The company describes the new Evoque soft-top as an ‘all-season convertible’ with the new model placed at the top of the Evoque model range.

Range Rover claims the Evoque Convertible’s fabric roof is the longest and widest currently on sale, and makes much of its Z-folding mechanism that allows it to disappear behind the rear seats when stowed.

It’s an operation that can be initiated at speeds of up to 30mph, with the roof lowering in 18 seconds and raising again in 21 seconds.

Boot space is of course down on regular Evoque models, with 251 litres of space on offer regardless of whether the roof is raised or lowered.

Roll-over protection comes in the form of two aluminium bars mounted behind the rear head restraints, and these can be deployed in 90 milliseconds when required.

The company claims interior comfort is on par with the regular five-door Evoque, citing an additional layer of acoustic insulation in the roof.

Elsewhere in the interior, the new Evoque Convertible marks the debut of the company’s latest InControl Touch Pro media and navigation system, featuring a new high-resolution 10.2-inch colour touch-screen.

Power comes from a choice of 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines, with some models boasting up to 55 mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 149 g/km, while four-cylinder petrol offerings will be topped by a 240PS Si4 unit.

Four-wheel-drive powertrain combinations will make use of Land Rover’s nine-speed automatic transmission, complete with Terrain Response, Wade Sensing, and All-Terrain Progress Control.

The new Range Rover Evoque Convertible will go on sale from next spring, with prices starting from £47,500 for the TD4 HSE Dynamic.